Jerome d’Ambrosio says that he would be would like to race on the streets of Budapest after taking part in a demonstration in the Hungarian capital yesterday.
The Belgian took a Gen 2 Formula E car on the Andrassy Road area of the city in a special event which was also attended by Formula 1 race-winner Max Verstappen.
The run was conducted close to Nepliget Park which hosted a Grand Prix in June 1936 when Tazio Nuvolari took victory in an Auto Union.
Initial discussions about a possible Formula E race in a similar venue in Hungary are known to have taken place in recent months for a possible summer 2021 date.
“Budapest is an absolutely incredible city and I would love to race here,” d’Ambrosio said at the event.
“It has a huge enthusiasm for racing and it would be amazing to race here where I am sure the grandstands would be packed.
“I like to combine history with the future and we have to embrace change and I am very in favor of that.
“So it would be nice to have the two together in Budapest and where there was a Grand Prix [in 1936 at Nepliget Park].”
The Nepliget Park area houses several important focal points and centers in Budapest, including Formula E partner Allianz’s central Hungarian building.
However, a Formula E race faces several key obstacles if it is to be formalized for season seven.
The major issue is the long-term agreement and support which the local government has with Formula 1 and the FIA WTCR, which both have events at the Hungaroring, with a deal believed to involve TV rights and other fee assistance.
Additional positive aspects for a potential Budapest E-Prix in the near future center around the manufacturer involvement within or close to the city.
This includes major technical and manufacturing centres for several OEMs that currently race in the all-electric series.
Audi has a factory in Gyor, BMW is currently constructing one in Debrecen, while Mercedes has a facility in Kecskemet. Nissan also has a major dealership close to Nepliget Park itself.
Peter Vamosi contributed to this report.