The final two races of the inaugural Hydro-Quebec Montreal ePrix electric car race is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday. The race will be on a street course through the eastern end of downtown Montreal. For those familiar to the city, it is often plagued with poor traffic due to its share of construction sites and sewer repairs. Blockage to homes and businesses in the city has drew numerous complaints from residents.
Sebastien Buemi will try to secure a second straight championship for himself and the e.dam Renault team. The Swiss driver has won six out of his eight races this season and holds a 10 point lead over Lucas Di Grassi of the Audi Abt team despite missing out on two events two weeks ago in New York. While the residents may be upset over the race, the drivers are ecstatic over the hilly 2.75 km, 14 turn street course. "It's probably one of the best tracks in Formula E history so I think everyone is pleased, "said Di Grassi, who won the inaugural electric race in Beijing in 2014. Felix Rosenqvist, the Swedish driver for the India-based Mahindra team mirrors his thoughts, "It looks like the best." He continues "it looks fantastic with the elevation as well because most tracks we have are completely flat, but this one is very up and down."
Earlier this week, two renowned sports car manufacturers, Mercedes and Porsche announced they will be joining Formula E in 2019. Other leading brands are expected to follow. "We now have more huge manufacturers than any other form of motor sport," said Sam Bird the driver from Virgin Racing. "I think it just adds more prestige to the championship." Bird had swept the two races in New York. Mayor Denis Coderre has taken lots of criticism for the $24 million price tag but he views joining the Formual E as a way of the city breaking into international spotlight. The season began in October in Hong Kong, and made stops in Marrakech, Bueno Aires, Mexico City, Monaco, Paris, Berlin, New York and finally Montreal.