For­mula E could re­turn to Lon­don next year as Agag eyes June 24 slot

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - CAL­EN­DAR For­mula E cal­en­dar 2016/17

For­mula E chief Ale­jan­dro Agag has con­firmed that a Lon­don race is in the run­ning for the June 24 slot on the 2016/17 cal­en­dar re­leased last week.

“The two main con­tenders for those slots are Lon­don and Moscow,” said Agag. “We want to have very good op­tions in place for ei­ther/or to con­firm it. The team of the mayor of Lon­don is here to­day look­ing at this event. The mayor has ex­pressed that he is sup­port­ive. The challenge here in the UK is the length of plan­ning per­mis­sions. We need to de­cide very quickly where and how, if we’re go­ing to make June 24. Oth­er­wise we will do it in sea­son four.”

Agag has also con­firmed that he wants the race to take place closer to cen­tral Lon­don, ide­ally tak­ing in sights like Buck­ing­ham Palace and Hyde Park Cor­ner.

The move comes as For­mula E looks to re­place the Bat­tersea Park venue which took place for the fi­nal time last week­end. Its place on the sea­son three cal­en­dar has been taken by a dou­ble­header in New York.

Bat­tersea Park has also been met by protests from lob­by­ing groups claim­ing the race is da­m­ag­ing to the park’s eco sys­tem among other griev­ances.

For­mula E driv­ers have said that the lack of a Lon­don round would be detri­men­tal to the se­ries.

“It would be re­ally sad not to have a race in Lon­don,” said NEXTEV TCR’S Oliver Tur­vey. “It’s one of the great­est cities in the world and this track is one of the best out there.” ● For­mula E’s sea­son three cal­en­dar has been an­nounced. The se­ries will visit Brus­sels, Hong Kong, Mar­rakech, Canada and New York for the first time while Monaco re­turns from sea­son one.

Tur­vey wants UK For­mula E race

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