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Budapest E-Prix Plans Ramp Up

FIA president Jean Todt holds discussions regarding possible future E-Prix in Budapest…

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A future E-Prix on the streets of Budapest appears to be a real possibility for the summer of 2021 after recent meetings were held.

Several plans were presented last week in meetings that took place in the Hungarian capital.

FIA President Jean Todt, one of the founding fathers of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, met with Gyarfas Olah, president of MNASZ, the Hungarian National Motor Sports Association, and Hungary’s minister for innovation and technology Laszlo Plakovics.

E-racing365 understands that several sites for a Formula E race have been discussed including both suburban and downtown locations.

A race in Budapest could become a viable alternative to the Swiss E-Prix fixture which e-racing365 understands has entered a significant period of instability in recent months.

The Varosliget park area, which held touring car races in the 1960s, is one area known to be attractive for a future E-Prix. This part of Budapest has been undergoing several key urban and business transformations in recent years.

It is believed that this venue has the backing of mayor Istvan Tarlos, who is known to be keen on expanding the city’s ecological and sustainable messaging via sporting events in the coming years.

The 1936 Grand Prix venue, Nepliget, appears unlikely to host the race, however.

Pressure is mounting for the local authorities to finalize a deal ahead of municipal elections in October.

The latest meetings around the topic come just a month after Jerome d’Ambrosio completed a demo run around the Andrassy Road area as part of an existing event to promote motorsport.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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