Formula E’s calendar will be allowed to expand to 15 races a season, as the series gets the green light from the FIA to expand the calendar from 12 races to 15.
The all-electric series has been in talks with a number of cities such as Birmingham in the UK, Adelaide in Australia and Moscow in Russia about staging an E-Prix.
Formula E will now be able to add any new event without dropping a current city that is on the calendar. However, Formula E is not obliged to fill the 15 calendar slot if they can’t secure deals with the relevant cities.
Birmingham’s mayor Andy Street claimed earlier in the year that the city was in advanced negotiations with Formula E about reviving the Birmingham Superprix
“Over the last year, we have been in negotiations with the organisers of the FIA Formula E Championship about bringing a road race to Birmingham, effectively reviving the Superprix.”
“We are now in the advanced stages of these negotiations,” stated Street.
Formula E now need to define what their key races are and try and keep them on the calendar for at least the next decade after Riyadh secured a 10-year contract to host the season-opening E-Prix.
Therefore, the series will need to decide which specific areas of the globe they will have to negotiate with to secure events, rather than negotiating the entire calendar each year as has been the case during the first four seasons.