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Excitement peaks as stage set for Formula E race

DECCAN CHRONICLE | Sanjay Samuel Paul

Published on: February 9, 2023 | Updated on: February 9, 2023

Hussain Sagar the most popular hangout place in Hyderabad gets a facelift ahead of the prestigious Formula E Prix on Thursday. (Photo: Twitter)

Hyderabad: Eleven teams. 22 drivers. 2.8-km long track. 18 turns. And, 20,000 cheering spectators. The stage is set for the Indian debut of the Formula E race on February 11 with the City of Pearls hosting Round 4 of Season 9 alongside the Hussain Sagar lake.

I am excited to witness this grand event in the city. I usually go for walking here, as I see they are transforming the entire area in a world-class manner. Tickets should have been more affordable so that more people could have witnessed the event. Dr Aparajitha Niyogi

As expected the excitement is high among the people. "Our friends are calling us from abroad to find out about the race. The road on which we have traveled so many times will now boast of the ‘E-Prix’ tag. It’s a dream come true," said one of the enthusiasts.

Films stars too are excited about the event. Mahesh Babu congratulated minister K. Taraka Rama Rao for bringing the global event to the city.

It is a matter of pride. The event is yet another feather in our city’s cap. The entire world will be watching the event. It will also give a boost to tourism in the city.Kiranmayee Alivelu, Mrs India, 1st Runner Up 2023

The government is leaving no stone unturned in making the event successful. On Thursday, volunteers and staff visited the venue for a last-minute review. Foreign teams and their members were spotted fixing their cars and equipment at the pit spots near NTR Marg. A few participants also took a stroll on Tank Bund.

This is like a dream come true. The roads on which we drive now will double up for Formula E vehicles. This is going to be a big day. We have been watching these formula events either on TC or on social media. Now we can witness it live. Mohammed Ishaq, Motorsports enthusiast

The highlight will be the introduction of the Gen3 Era  Formula E car, which reportedly can touch over 300 km. The track testing is likely to happen on Friday.

Tickets are priced in the range of Rs 1,000- Rs.1.25 lakh. Depending upon the category, stands have been categorised as Premium Grand Stand, Ace Grand Stand, and Ace Lounge Package. Ace Lounge Package is the most expensive at Rs. 1.25 lakh.

First ambassadors and now Formula E cars. We have come a long way. It all seems like ‘Aladdin’s magic lamp’. The excitement of this event can be felt all across the city.Mohammed Raheem, Car mechanic

Following the race in Hyderabad, the series will head to another new host city, Cape Town, on February 25th. The season 9 calendar features 16 races in 11 global locations.