The Canadian city of Montreal has taken a step closer to hosting a Formula E race, after confirming it has lodged a formal bid to the FIA in Paris and paid a registration fee to the series organisers.
Montreal mayor Denis Coderre, who visited the Miami Formula E race in March and spoke with FIA president Jean Todt on the subject during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, confirmed the news at an executive committee on Wednesday.
It has approved a $150,000 payment to Formula E Holdings as the registration fee, and delegates from the city have met with series organizers in London.
Montreal has targeted an autumn race in 2016, which could feasibly become the opener of the third season of the all-electric single-seater series. The event would coincide with the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations.
"As part of our concept of electrification, we believe that Formula E is an important event in Montreal,” said Coderre. “It will prove that Montreal is a green city and a county seat in the world of international events.”
A street circuit is expected to designed around the Olympic stadium, which would give spectacular backdrops to its skyline.
It is not thought likely that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be considered as the host venue.