Montreal tipped to host Formula E Season 3 opener
Will Canada See Some EV Racing Action In September 2016?
Although the electric racing series held two rounds this season in the United States – one in Miami and another in Long Beach – Canada was left out of the action altogether. However negotiations to bring Formula E to the French-Canadian metropolis are reportedly under way after Mayor Denis Coderre visited the race in Miami to witness the electrifying spectacle first-hand.
The idea would be to have Montreal kick off the third season in September 2016, but not to hold the race on the city's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where the Canadian Grand Prix is held as part of the Formula One World Championship. The Circuit Mont Tremblant up north would also be out of contention, as would the ICAR circuit at Mirabel Airport. Instead the city would set up a temporary street circuit downtown as the series is keen on holding races on city streets instead of isolated tracks.
In addition to Miami and Long Beach, the series has already held races in China, Malaysia, Uruguay, Argentina, Monaco and Germany, with races in Russia and the UK slated to take place in June. Next year's calendar is anticipated to grow from 11 races in 10 locations to 12. Other locations reportedly under consideration for future races include Mexico City and Paris, but series organizers have reportedly registered interest from 180 of cities around the world.
A Canadian driver has yet to contest the championship, although two American drivers (Scott Speed and Marco Andretti) and two American teams (Andretti and Jay Pensky's Dragon Racing) have already taken part.
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