Race Review: Montreal ePrix
Posted on: 04 August, 2017
What better way to wrap up our best-ever season than with a second place podium finish at the Montreal ePrix. The Montreal ePrix was the last double-header in Season 3 of the FIA Formula E Championship.
Felix brought home our tenth podium (the most any team bagged this season) in Sunday's race, while Nick followed in fifth to lock down third in the Teams’ Championship. It was a far cry from Saturday’s race and a fitting end to a whirlwind journey for us.
Two points for ninth place in the first race was wholly unrepresentative of the pace that Felix demonstrated within the top four for the majority of the race. Nick recovered from P14 to P11 until a clash with Loïc Duval ended his challenge for points on Saturday.
We mounted a comeback plan overnight to turn our fortunes around on the 2.75 km street circuit in the heart of Montreal. Both Nick and Felix converted their M3Electro’s potential to outright pace to nail qualifying and enter the Super Pole shootout for the third and sixth time since the opening round in Hong Kong.
Felix grabbed pole position for the third time (quite impressive for his Formula E rookie season) giving him the edge to lead the field from the start and control the race for almost 30 laps. For Nick, qualifying on the second row in fourth position was a stark difference from Saturday and his fifth place finish helped clinch our teams’ overall championship standing.
Third in the Teams’ Championship as compared to fifth last season was a testament to our team who showed it had the combination of speed, reliability and driving talent to seriously contend for podiums at every race since the start of the season.
Digesting The Facts with Team Principal Dilbagh Gill
What an incredible end to the 2016/17 FIA Formula E season!
“With a final podium and fifth place to round out the season, we successfully secured third in the teams’ championship. We’re the most improved team on the grid and since Monaco, we have scored more points than any other team on the grid.
I want to thank the fans for their continued support this season and to the whole team for their hard work and determination. Without you, none of this would have been possible.”
“It was good to come back so strongly in Sunday’s race. I was very impressed by the team; Nick and I sat down with them on Saturday night and figured out how we needed to improve qualifying. We made it happen and that was the key to starting from pole. I’m very happy to finish in third for the Drivers’ and also happy for the team to finish third in the Teams’ Championship. That’s a fantastic season for us.”
“It’s a great end to the season for us and I’m delighted for the team. I did a good job but it was a difficult weekend because I just couldn’t keep up with the pace of the cars in front. The race went pretty smooth, nothing crazy happened, but most importantly we finished in the top three in the Teams’ Championship!”
Back in 2014, we began producing race posters that showcase our team around the world. Download all our season three goodies here including our Montreal ePrix poster.
Season 4 : 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship
The fourth season of Formula E kicks off with a double-header in Hong Kong in December this year. Visiting a total of 11 countries, with at least three new locations confirmed in Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome. Formula E will then return to the North America for two final double-header rounds to wrap up the 2017/18 series.