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Formula E targets new events in Beirut, Cairo and Doha

Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag has said the electric car-racing series is in talks over holding new races in Beirut, Cairo and Doha, along with returning to China.

A possible ePrix in Doha is believed to be connected to Formula E’s sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. The airline last month agreed to expand its partnership with Formula E. It will remain as title sponsor for the Paris ePrix in France for the second consecutive year and also back a number of other events in the 2017-18 season.

Qatar Airways will title sponsor the season-ending New York City ePrix double-header on July 14-15. It will also serve as the official airline partner for the inaugural Rome ePrix on April 14 around the streets of the Italian capital and the Berlin ePrix on May 19.

Asked about options for new destinations for the 2018-19 season, Agag told Motorsport.com that Cairo, Beirut and Doha, as well as “going back to mainland China”, are “the main ones”.

In October, Agag led a delegation that met Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Agag said: “Beirut would be a great venue for this championship. It is a very beautiful city and a big capital and we would love to make this possible.

“We are exploring and working on the possibility, and hopefully we will be able in the future to have a race in Beirut.”

Beijing was part of Formula E’s opening two seasons, but has not featured since. Agag said China was “more important” than extra races in North America, amid reported efforts to add an event on the west coast of the United States, in addition to the current ePrix in New York.