Local government officials in Rome have unanimously approved plans for the city to play host to FIA Formula E in 2018, with plans in place for the all-electric series to venture to Italy for the first time.

Rome was the first European city named on the inaugural Formula E calendar back in 2012, only for the deal to fall through and the race to be scrapped.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and FIA president Jean Todt have both been working to get a race in Rome off the ground, negotiating with city mayor Virginia Raggi in recent months.

The proposal was put to authorities in Rome on Thursday, with a unanimous vote in favour following to give Formula E the green light to hold a race in the city.

A feasibility study has already been completed by Formula E regarding the race, but a track layout has not yet been finalised, nor has a final deal been struck, meaning the race is not yet firm on the 2017/18 calendar.

"The prospect of Rome hosting an ePrix is an exciting one, especially as that's where the first concept of the original Formula E car ran on the streets past the Colosseum only five years ago," Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said in a statement.

"We are grateful to the city of Rome to grant the required permits, and now we are one step closer to bringing electric street racing to the capital of Italy - a country with strong culture and deep roots in motorsport.

"We are continuing to assess the possible inclusion of Rome on next year's calendar in spring 2018, and I'm sure Rome can assert itself as a flagship event along with the likes of Hong Kong, Paris, New York and Montreal."

Rome's addition will bolster the number of European events on the Formula E calendar for season four, with just three - Monaco, Paris and Berlin - appearing on the season three schedule.

 

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