Formula E could be heading to the streets of Rome next season following local government approval to host the race in the city.
Rome was originally named on the draft calendar for the inaugural season but a race ultimately failed to materialise. Recently, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and FIA President Jean Todt have been working with the city’s mayor Virginia Raggi to bring the series to the Italian streets.
A unanimous vote by local government officials paves the way for a possible slot on the season four calendar, which would bring the total number of European events to four. The Brussels round this season replaced by a double header in Berlin at the newly revised Templehof circuit, Paris and Monaco.
The failed previous attempt would have seen cars race around the famous Colosseum in the centre of the city, but the new plan is for the race to take place around the residential and business district of EUR. A feasibility study has been completed, although the track layout has yet to be finalised.
“We are grateful to the city of Rome to grant the required permits, and now we are one step closer to bringing electric street racing to the capital of Italy – a country with strong culture and deep roots in motorsport,” Agag said in a statement.
“We are continuing to assess the possible inclusion of Rome on next year’s calendar in spring 2018, and I’m sure Rome can assert itself as a flagship event along with the likes of Hong Kong, Paris and New York.”
London has also made a step closer to returning to the series recently with a revised bill in parliament allowing racing to take place on closed public roads, another city Agag is keen on a return.