Formula E confirms Saudi season-opener in February

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(Reuters) - Formula E will start its new season with a floodlit double-header in Saudi Arabia next month, the all-electric championship said on Tuesday.

The season was due to start in Santiago, Chile, this month but the races were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic after the country closed its borders to arrivals from Britain, where a number of the teams are based.

The two Saudi races in Diriyah on Feb. 26 and 27 will be the first Formula E has staged at night.

The Dakar Rally is currently being held in Saudi Arabia, which will also host a Formula One race for the first time in November. That race in Jeddah will also be held at night.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Toby Davis)