Montreal to host Formula E race next season?

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Montreal could be set to play host to a round of the FIA Formula E championship for its second season in 2016 after city mayor Denis Coderre confirmed that initial talks have been held with the series promoters.

The new electric-powered championship enjoyed a successful first race in Beijing earlier this month as Lucas di Grassi became the first ever winner of an ePrix. The next race is set to take place in Malaysia in November.

However, plans are already being made for the future, with a number of cities expressing an interest in hosting a race.

Speaking to AFP, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre confirmed that a race was being considered for the 2015/2016 Formula E season.

“I like the concept a lot,” he said. “We can demonstrate how you can have green technology and events that will capture the public imagination.

“We must look at the business plan. We had an agreement in principle. They said ‘if you’re ready, we’re ready’.”

Although the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is in the centre of Montreal, it is likely that the race would be held on some of the streets in the city to come in line with the rest of the Formula E calendar.

Should the race go ahead, it would be the third to be held in North America after events in Miami (14th March 2015) and Long Beach (4th April 2015).