Formula E exploring new US ePrix venue

All-electric series looking at other sites and cities, including Los Angeles.

Formula E exploring new US ePrix venue

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  • US round excluded from provisional 2022/23 calendar
  • Race at Brooklyn Street Circuit unlikely to go ahead due to construction works

All-electric series Formula E is eyeing an alternative venue for its US ePrix following New York’s exclusion from the provisional 2022/23 calendar.

Hosted next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, it is anticipated that building works will prevent the New York race from happening in its usual location.

With its Vancouver round also not going ahead, it is a priority for Formula E to retain a foothold in North America as it currently only has the season-opening Mexico City ePrix on the 2022/23 calendar.

“In New York, we’ve historically had good races there, you’ve got the backdrop of Manhattan, but we’re really hemmed in,” Jamie Reigle, chief executive of Formula E, told Motorsport.com.

“It’s a cruise terminal. And so we’re not the primary tenant, they’re doing some development work there the next couple years.

“So our footprint is going to get smaller and smaller, which just means that that particular site is a very small percentage chance to be a place for Formula E to grow in the next five years.

“I’d love to try to find a way to make it work in Brooklyn. If it doesn’t work there, there’s other sites around New York. So we’re looking at that, and other cities like Los Angeles.”

There are currently three ‘TBC’ slots on next season’s calendar, with the rearranged race in the US likely to fill one of these slots.

Another of the unconfirmed stops is expected to be filled by a race in Cape Town, the layout of which was revealed in March.

Reigle said there was no “anxiety or concern” about the round in South Africa, but Formula E wanted to avoid similar issues to the Vancouver round, so they opted to be cautious in terms of scheduling.

The Canada race around the False Creek area of Vancouver was cancellled at very short notice in April. The city had been due to host a round before it emerged that the correct paperwork had not been completed in time, resulting in Formula E severing ties with promoter OSS Group.

“After our experience in Vancouver, we want to make sure that we’re sure,” continued Reigle. “There’s no anxiety or concern about Cape Town.”

He added: “But the lesson I think is it’s better to go TBC [for South Africa], have this conversation now and then add it when we’re sure, rather than pull out.”