Formula E boss promises "surprises" on season three calendar

FIA Formula E Championship boss Alejandro Agag has told Motorsport.com that there "will be surprises" on the season three calendar.

Agag revealed that there will be a maximum of 12 events on the calendar, which will start in the autumn of 2016 and run through until June 2017.

"We will limit ourselves on dates,” said Agag. “The teams want 11 or 12 races. We want to present a tentative schedule in April and give a surprise.”

Agag stated that a race in Brazil would be highly unlikely, but he expected Buenos Aires and Mexico City to stay on the schedule.

"Brazil is very complicated. Mexico and Buenos Aires will be on the calendar,” continued Agag, who also ruled out the possibility of any more permanent tracks joining the schedule.

"We already have some circuits have asked us to run, but we are not open to that," he said. "If there are any in the centre of a city that is as important as Mexico, we would think about it."

Middle East on Formula E horizon

A Formula E race in the Middle East may happen sooner rather than later, Motorsport.com can reveal.

A senior source within the Formula E paddock confirmed that discussions were taking place between Formula E Holdings Ltd and both Doha (Qatar) and Bahrain.

The Middle East, along with Australasia and Africa, is one of three remaining territories where Formula E has yet to race.

Doubt has been cast over a return to Punta del Este for season three, and a replacement pre-Christmas race is being sought. In Europe, Brussels is believed to be closing on a May or early June date.

A provisional calendar is expected to be known during the Long Beach ePrix weekend next month. An official provisional calendar is set to be drafted at the World Motorsport Council Meeting in June.

South Korea demo next week

A Formula E demonstration car will run in South Korea next week at the International Electric Vehicle Expo, held on the island of Jeju on the southern tip of the country.

One of the demonstration Formula E cars will be liveried as a Renault e.dams car, and Nicolas Prost is scheduled to complete runs in the car between 18-24 March.

The initiative is part of Renault’s marketing campaign using its Formula E exploits to generate more traction in the Asian market.

The International Electric Vehicle Expo is the world’s only exposition which is dedicated to electric vehicles.

Mexico - a special place

Agag also believes that the presence of Formula E in Mexico City can bring greater benefits than just a sporting competition.

"I enjoyed government support and commitment to clean mobility here,” he said. “I think that here there can be a great benefit on the issue of mobility, and the electric car can play an important role in this city.”

In recent years, various companies like Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW and Tesla have started to introduce electric vehicles in to Mexico.

"I am delighted to be here,” said Agag. “I think this is a fantastic addition to the calendar. Our philosophy is to run in cities, but be lucky enough to run on a track within a city, it's fantastic.

"This track will give a totally different view of what Formula E is. We will see how the drivers react and adapt to driving a circuit like this."

Additional reporting by Luis Ramirez

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