Formula E’s CEO Jamie Reigle noted that he has races in mind on United States, India, Japan and China; adding these venues in the competition’s ePrix schedule.
In 2018, there was speculation that Japanese cities like Tokyo and Yokohama could host the event despite concerns from series co-founder Alejandro Agag about “restrictive” policing.
Reigle now thinks about that possibility and includes the Japan as one of the main objectives for a future career.
“In no particular order, Japan is big on that list. Mainland China in a tier one city (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen) is big on that list as well,” said Reigle to Motorsport.com.
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It should be noted that previously, Formula E already had ePrix in China, specifically in Beijing (2014-15) and Sanya (2019).
Reigle is increasingly “excited” by the prospect of an inaugural E-Prix in India, which follows Mahindra Racing team principal Dilbagh Gill’s comments to Autosport in November that the manufacturer would “support Formula E to realise this ambition”.
“India, the more I think about it, the more excited I get. You look at that market, it has a young urban population, an internationalists outlook,” said Reigle, who was going to visit that country with Gill before the declaration of a pandemic by Covid-19.
The CEO of the competition added that EVs could transform India’s quality of life: “I’m not saying anything controversial to say that those cities are very populated and there’s lots of pollution.”
Reigle also mentioned that a race in California would be his last big goal, which would reinforce Formula E’s presence in the United States alongside the pre-existing races on the East Coast of New York, which are held on the Brooklyn street circuit.
“The final one is Western US. That fits – when you talk to the prime manufacturers, they all sell a lot of cars in California. If we could end up there, that would be cool.”
Written by | Gabriel Sayago