Todt hopes India can soon host a Formula E round

The FIA President Jean Todt expects India to stage a round of the all-electric Formula E championship in future.

Todt hopes India can soon host a Formula E round
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On his second visit to the country in the last 12 months, Todt praised India’s efforts in staging a Formula 1 race, but also stressed on the country to host a Formula E event.

"I have a lot of respect for what has been done in India by building an international standard F1 circuit in New Delhi," he said in a report on Press Trust of India.

"But I feel it is a shame that we don't have more international circuit racing in India. It is not only F1, Endurance championship (WEC) and many more other international events can be conducted.

"I hope sooner or later India can host international events like Formula E. Team Mahindra is doing well and very soon you should have a Formula E race in India."

India was high on the list early last year for a Formula E round in the country, possibly in the on-going season or in the fourth year.

The sole Indian Formula E squad Mahindra, had initiated a contest seeking fans’ help to design a street circuit around Delhi and also received a letter of intent from the state Government.

Last year, India successfully hosted a round of the Asia Road Racing Championship [ARRC] and also the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship [APRC].

Recently, the newly-elected President of APRC, Vicky Chandhok, revealed that a committee has been set up to survey a possibility of hosting a round of the FIA World Rally Championship by the 2019 season.

Meanwhile, Todt in his visit to the country, first went to Mumbai for a road safety event with Raymond boss and gentleman racer Gautam Singhania, before heading to Hyderabad for the FMSCI prize gala.

The Frenchman is also judging the 2017 Cartier Concours d’Elegance taking place this weekend, where he is joined by the likes of Sir Stirling Moss, renowned F1 designer Gordon Murray and founder of Goodwood Festival of Speed Lord March.

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