London will not be the opening venue of the inaugural Formula E calendar, reports The Independent newspaper. The city had been widely expected to feature as the first venue for the new racing series. The article appears to lay responsibility for the delay, which will see the UK capital shuffled to the back of the 2014-15 season, at the door of the London boroughs rumoured to be involved, although a specific location for the London race has yet to be announced. Wembley is the latest subject of gossip, although Westminster and the Olympic Park remain contenders.
Formula E is ready and able to hold its first race in London, but Alejandro Agag told The Independent that progress “is very slow”. He added: “It is not the Mayor who controls this, it is the borough. For logistical reasons, it is better to start in a continent and stay in the same continent, so we are putting together all of the races in Europe. London now looks like it is going to be the closing race in 2015.” Mr Agag says the curtain-raiser will instead take place in Beijing.