Has West Midlands Mayor Andy Street jumped the gun in suggesting the imminent return of motor racing to the area? A City Council leader claims there have been “no discussions” between Birmingham and Formula E organisers.
Street claimed last week that he was in “advanced talks” in regards to staging a 2019 leg of the all-electric Formula E series in Birmingham – the first time cars would race around the city since the 1990 Superprix.
But Birmingham City Council's Labour leader Ian Ward denied any knowledge of this: "I don't know what Andy has been doing but there have been no discussions between the organisers of Formula E and Birmingham City Council," he is quoted by Express & Star.
"We don't know what the full costs of staging this event would be. We don't even know if the route – which is the roads that would be used that were prescribed by an act of Parliament – would be fit for purpose.
"Most importantly of all, of course, there has been no full consultation with the people of Birmingham. We need to know what they think about this idea before we go making announcements that things will be happening in 12 months time."
He added, "It would appear that Andy has gone ahead and concluded some negotiations without going down the proper route.
"It is very important that things are done properly. I'm a great believer in bringing major events to the city.
“I've been involved in bringing many sporting events, not least the Commonwealth Games to Birmingham, so I get the benefit of them."