The mayor of Switzerland’s ninth largest city has struck a deal for Lugano to host a future Formula E race according to reports in the Swiss and Italian media.
It is believed that Mayor Marco Borradori met with Formula E Holdings during the London ePrix, which concluded in the signing of a memorandum of understanding to host the race, on the proviso that it can fund the 10 million Swiss fancs necessary to hold the event.
The reports suggest that Formula E officials have already walked the proposed circuit, which will run around the city centre streets, with the start/finish straight located on Viale Carlo Cattaneo, alongside Parco Civio and Luagno’s convention centre.
A race in Switzerland would be well timed, with four Swiss drivers having competed in the finale of the sport’s inaugural season. However, it is likely that Lugano would face stiff competition from Zurich to host the nation’s first Formula E race.
Motor racing of any form was famously banned in Switzerland for 52 years following the deaths of more than 80 people at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans. The ban was lifted in 2007, although the restrictions still apply to F1.