Montreal Formula-E Finale Cancelled
The planned season finale for FIA Formula E’s current season, slated for the streets of Montreal, Canada, has been canceled. The city’s new mayor, Valerie Plante, elected after last season’s event was put on, says the city is no longer willing to host the event that was scheduled to be a double-header event.
The decision has taken Formula E officials by surprise. Plante had initially expressed wishes to remove the event from the city’s center and perhaps host the race at an alternate location. Despite a meeting between officials and the Mayor, the city’s government announced last week their intention to cancel the race with immediate effect. This throws the current season into a state of flux as the finale race weekend must now be replaced. Should a replacement not be able to be found soon, the series’ finale will become the double-header weekend in New York.
“We are very surprised and disappointed by the unilateral decision and announcement of the Mayor of Montreal. This is a clear case of a new mayor undoing what the previous mayor did,” said Formula E officials to Motorsport.com “Whilst there is a contract in place, we will not make further comments at this point as this is now in the hands of our Canadian legal counsel.”
Part of the decision is believed to stem from massive monetary debt from the event’s promoter, “Montreal, c’est electrique,” a not-for-profit organization formed by the local authority to run the event. According to reports, the group has yet to pay Formula E for their 2017 race and has upwards of $6 million Canadian dollars in unpaid bills to their debt. Despite the event’s support from sponsor Hydro-Quebec, the 2017 race garnered no further private advertising support, meaning the government would have to foot the remainder of the bill, a major sticking point for Plante and the government of Montreal.
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