London could yet appear on season three Formula E calendar


2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship. London e-Prix, Battersea Park, London, UK. Saturday 27 June 2015. World Copyright: Zak Mauger/LAT Photographic/Formula E. ref: Digital Image _L0U9215

The Chief Executive of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, says that there could be a London ePrix on the calendar for season three of the championship.

It was left off of the provisional calendar sent to teams in May, which despite featuring several new races in Hong Kong, Marrakesh and New York, did not include a race in the UK’s capital.

Next month’s season finale is due to be the last race held around Battersea Park, after an agreement was reached with local residents who were campaigning against the area being used as a venue.

As such, it was thought that London would be left off the calendar until a replacement venue could be found, but Agag says that this could be done in time for the 2016/17 season, saying that the new London mayor Sadiq Khan was keen.

Speaking to Autosport, Agag commented “We are working on London for season three or season four. The new mayor is keen; I haven’t met him personally, but I have read his comments in the press.”

With regards to where in London he would like to see the race take place, he said, “My dream would be to do it on the Mall and race in front of Buckingham Palace, but there are some other really good possibilities like the Embankment or around the O2 Arena.”

“ExCel (Centre, next to London City Airport) is a facility I like; it is little bit too far out but it is one of the options,”

If an arrangement for next season could be reached, the early July slot that the race currently holds is still free, which would put it between the Berlin and Montreal rounds.