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Agag expecting more Formula E races in Asia for season four

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HONG KONG – Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag expects the series to stage more races in Asia from next season, with talks planned over the Hong Kong ePrix weekend.

Formula E’s third season gets underway on Sunday as Hong Kong plays host to its first race exactly one year after the event was first announced.

Hong Kong is the only Asian round on the calendar for season three, down from two in the opening two campaigns when Beijing and Putrajaya both hosted races.

With the Moscow ePrix also being cancelled in season two and not featuring on the season three calendar, the next most-easterly race is in Berlin, Germany.

However, Agag expects the situation to change for season four, with a number of meetings regarding possible races planned in Hong Kong.

“We are working now on the calendar. We haven’t even done the first race of season three, but we are already working on season four,” Agag explained.

“We are actually meeting here. I am meeting personally I think five potential candidates for races during this weekend, and I think we have over 15 delegations from cities coming to this race from Asia, many from mainland China.

“Our plan would be to have obviously we would love to stay in Hong Kong for many years, and it looks like that’s what will happen. But also we would like a race in mainland China and I think one more race in Asia too.”

Agag spoke warmly of the Hong Kong race, which is being held in Central on Hong Kong Island with many of the state’s most iconic buildings as a backdrop.

“I think the team has done an incredible job,” Agag said.

“I think this puts the bar really, really high for the next races, and I think for motorsport in general.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.