New York could stage a Formula E race as early as next year after the chief executive of the electric auto racing championship revealed it is his “dream” to see an event hosted in the US city.
Alejandro Agag will travel to the US later this month as he aims to press ahead with his plans to finalise the calendar for the 2016-17 Formula E campaign – the third season since the championship's inception in 2014.
Agag admitted that talks to stage an event in New York are at an early stage, but remains hopeful that the city could play host to a season-ending event next year.
“My dream is to race in New York,” Agag told the Autosport website. “I’m actively working on a plan to race there. I can place the race at the end of season three, maybe. It will be difficult but it’s not totally impossible we will do it in season three. It’s very early days (but) we really need to start making choices now.”
Long Beach is currently the US’s sole representative on the Formula E calendar and the Californian city will host the sixth round of the 2015-16 season on April 2. Agag did not confirm whether a New York race would replace the Long Beach event.
The 2015-16 season has almost reached its halfway point, with events having already taken place in the Chinese capital of Beijing, Putrajaya in Malaysia, Punta del Este in Uruguay and Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.
Formula E currently comprises 11 events in 10 countries, with London, England set to stage a season-closing double-header over the weekend of July 2-3. A self-imposed 12-race limit means that any possible additions could lead to some cities being stripped of their hosting rights.
“One or two might fall out – Punta it’s not clear we’re going to continue, unfortunately,” Agag added. “I love going there. We have (had) some conversations there but Punta is the main candidate (to be dropped).”
Beijing has opened the first two Formula E seasons but was forced to re-organise its race day at the start of this campaign due to other events taking place at the circuit. “We have to make our mind up on Beijing – I’m inclined to keep it,” Agag said. “Prioritising key markets make sense. If we have Beijing, it will be the season opener."
This season's Formula E calendar features further events in Mexico City in Mexico, the aforementioned Long Beach, Paris in France, the German capital of Berlin, and Moscow in Russia before its finale in London.