Formula E season shortened as Montreal races not replaced
The 2017-18 Formula E season will culminate in New York in July after the organisers decided not to replace two cancelled electric car races in Montreal.
The campaign was due to reach a climax in the Canadian city on 28 and 29 July only for the newly-elected mayor Valérie Plante to cancel the contract last month.
Formula E did look at different options, but has resolved that the season will now conclude with the double-header New York City ePrix on 14 and 15 July.
In a statement yesterday, Formula E said: “We’ve looked at a number of alternatives, but decided not to replace Montreal. Racing in city centers requires proper planning and while this process opened-up some interesting alternatives, we’ll allow more time to look at these before proposing for inclusion on the calendar.
“Our season finale event will be in New York and it will surely provide a spectacular backdrop to crown this year’s champion.”
The original 2017-18 calendar comprised 14 rounds in 11 cities, although there have already had to be changes with Punte del Este in Uruguay replacing Sao Paulo in Brazil as the host of the sixth round on 17 March.
The season continues with the fourth race of the season in the Chilean capital Santiago on 3 February.
The first Montreal ePrix was held in July 2017, the first year of a three-year contract signed by former mayor Denis Coderre in 2016.
However, Plante, who was elected last November, has since revealed that staging the second edition this year would cost taxpayers C$35 million ($28.1 million).
She said: “Montrealers have made it clear that we can’t waste money on poorly planned projects that don’t serve them.”
Formula E was unimpressed by the cancellation, saying in December it was “surprised and disappointed by the unilateral decision and announcement of the Mayor of Montreal” and that the issue was now in the hands of its Canadian legal counsel.
• Vietnam is reported to be in line to join the Formula 1 calendar, with a new street race, in the coming years.
Claims of an imminent announcement emerged from meetings in London this week including one of the Formula One Promoters Association, which represents the organisers of the current 21 rounds.
A source told Forbes: “Vietnam street race is what they are going to announce.”
There has been talk for some time that the country is a target for Formula 1 expansion, and it is thought that the race would take place on the streets of the capital Hanoi.