Trio of Middle East cities on Formula E radar
Formula E, the electric motor racing series, is looking to stage races in Cairo, Beirut and Doha next season, according to the series’ founder Alejandro Agag.
Agag had already held talks with Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri about bringing a race to Beirut, but the Egyptian capital Cairo has also emerged as a new possibility in the region.
The series has been linked to Doha in Qatar since Akbar Al Baker, the chief executive of Formula E sponsor Qatar Airways, expressed his desire for a race in the Gulf state.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, Agag said that the three locations are “the main ones” that the series is focusing on for the 2018-19 season as well as a return to “mainland China."
Formula E has not staged a race in mainland China since the 2015 Beijing ePrix.
However, Hong Kong has been a regular stop on the calendar since the inaugural 2014-15 season.
Formula E has had some recent troubles with host cities withdrawing from the schedule over costs.
The original 2017-18 calendar comprised 14 rounds in 11 cities, but Montreal in Canada pulled out of hosting and Punte del Este in Uruguay replaced Sao Paulo in Brazil as the host of the sixth round on 17 March.
Santiago in Chile and Rome are the new venues in the 2017-18 season.