Rio, first city to welcome the FIA Formula E Championship. The Brazilian city will host a race in 2014.
Last Friday, 24th of August at the City Hall, the Mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Eduardo Paes, met with the President of the Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA), Mr. Jean Todt, Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag, and FEH anchor investor Enrique Bañuelos. The meeting was also joined by the Governor of the State, Mr. Sergio Cabral.
Formula E Holdings has signed an agreement with the FIA to promote the new Formula E Championship, featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy.
Lucas di Grassi, official development driver of the Formula E car also attended the meeting.
During the meeting, Mr. Jean Todt presented the FIA’s activities for global road safety to Rio authorities.
The representatives of Formula E Holdings proposed to the Mayor and the Governor that the city of Rio become host of a Formula E Electric Grand Prix from 2014. Both the Mayor and the Governor enthusiastically welcomed the idea. Rio has a long commitment to sustainability, having hosted the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development only weeks ago.
The Mayor of Rio declared the proposed urban track designed to be near the Gloria Marina as “spectacular”.
Alejandro Agag said, “We are very thankful to the Rio authorities, its Mayor, Mr. Eduardo Paes, and its Governor, Mr. Sergio Cabral, for the enthusiastic welcome they have given to our Championship. The sustainable and clean energy aspects of our project were immediately highlighted by them, as values very much in line with the Rio de Janeiro of the future. We look very much forward to race in this amazing city in 2014.”