New York City ePrix Could Come in Season Three


Practice Session. Buenos Aires ePrix. Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America Saturday 6 February 2016 Photo: Adam Warner /LAT/FE ref: Digital Image _A8C9550

New York City could be added onto the FIA Formula E Championship calendar as soon as the 2016/17 season.

Alejandro Agag, the Formula E CEO, said that the spectacular city could play host to the all-electric championship, as well as visits to the Middle East and Asia as Agag looks to wrap up the 2016/17 calendar.

Talking to AUTOSPORT, Agag said: “…My dream is to race in New York. I’m actively working on a plan to race there. I can place the race at the end of season three, maybe.”

In the third season of the championship, races could possibly be held in Canada, Switzerland and Australia as well as a December or January race in the Middle East.

“It will be difficult but it is not totally impossible,” continued Agag. “We will do it in season three. It is very early days [but] we really need to start making choices now. We have a good, interesting, line-up.”

The current 10-race programme is set to increase and current cities could be dropped to avoid the series going over its self-imposed limit of 12.

One or two might fall out – Punta it’s not clear we’re going to continue, unfortunately,” Agag said.

“I love going there. We have some conversations there but Punta is the main candidate. We have to make our mind up on Beijing – I’m inclined to keep it. Prioritising key markets makes sense.”

So far, Beijing has been the season opener for the past two seasons but it has been hinted that a Canadian race could become the season three opener should it be added onto the calendar.

“If we have Beijing, it will be the season opener,” said Agag. “Last year we had to delay it and we were very close to freezing. We were super lucky there was a window of good weather. The weekend before was disastrous and after it was snowed in.

We don’t want to go to Beijing in October. We really want to do it in September, it is the only window.”