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Montreal Layout 2016
The debuting Montreal ePrix circuit.
Race Information
Date 30th July 2017
Official Name 2017 Hydro-Québec Montréal ePrix
Location Flag of Montreal Montréal, Québec, Canada
Lap length 2.750km (1.709mi)
Distance TBA laps / TBA
Qualifying Result
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Time
Fastest Lap
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ePrix Result
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The 2017 Hydro-Québec Montréal ePrix, otherwise known as the 2017 Montreal ePrix II, is set to be the final race of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, staged on the 30th July.[1] Held a day after the First Montreal ePrix, the season finale in Montreal could potentially see the 2016/17 Champion crowned, with as many as three drivers potentially in the fight on Sunday.[1]

BackgroundEdit

There was a new Championship leader heading into the final round of the season, with Lucas di Grassi taking an eighteen point advantage over Sébastien Buemi into the finale. The latter's late disqualification meant it was the former who entered the final race as favourite, with di Grassi needing to finish fourth or higher to make it impossible for Buemi to overhaul him. For Buemi a second title would require him to finish on the podium with pole position at the minimum to retake his Championship lead, although he would most likely need to see di Grassi retire if he was to hold any hopes of retaining his crown.

Elsewhere, the fight for third was hotting up, with Sam Bird taking the position away from Felix Rosenqvist heading into the final day. Jean-Éric Vergne and Nicolas Prost had also dragged themselves into the fight, albeit some eighteen points behind Bird, although after the chaos of the first Montreal ePrix anything seemed possible. Other tight fights on the final day included a six driver scrap to get into the top ten, as poor form for season one Champion Nelson Piquet Jr. dragged him back towards the lower orders.

Renault e.Dams had all but secured their third title in a row in the Teams Championship after having their advantage cut to 33 points, although ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport were still in mathematical contention. Buemi's disqualification had made it slightly closer between the two efforts, although the latter would still need to claim a maximum score alongside an seventh place finish at a minimum. That would only work if the French squad did something they had never done: a complete failure to score.

As for the rest of the Teams' Championship, Mahindra Racing and DS Virgin Racing were engaged in a private fight for third, heading into the finale separated by 21 points. Techeetah were confirmed in fifth place overall, realistically unable to catch the fourth placed team while also being out of reach from compatriots NextEV NIO. The fight to avoid the wooden spoon was also a tight one on the final day, with just seven points separating Andretti in seventh from Jaguar Racing in tenth.

FanBoost for the season finale opened immediately after the first Montreal ePrix, and would remain open until the opening stages of the race.[2]

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2017 Montreal ePrix II is displayed below:

2017 Montreal ePrix II Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-02
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China NextEV NIO NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 002
4 France Tom Dillmann Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-02
5 Germany Maro Engel Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-02
6 France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing Penske 701-EV
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing Penske 701-EV
8 France Nicolas Prost France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 16
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 16
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE02
19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M3 Electro
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 1
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M3 Electro
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 16
27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United States MS Amlin Andretti Andretti ATEC-02
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of the United States MS Amlin Andretti Andretti ATEC-02
33 France Stéphane Sarrazin People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 16
37 Argentina José María López Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-02
47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 1
66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE02
88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey People's Republic of China NextEV NIO NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 002
Source:[3]

PracticeEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

QualifyingEdit

There would be no changes to the qualifying format for the final race of the 2016/17 season, with the field split into four groups of five drivers to begin qualifying.[4] Each group would have six minutes to set a single full power lap, with the overall order made up from each driver's best effort.[4] The top five overall would then proceed to Super Pole, where they would have one shot at a full power lap on an empty circuit to try and claim pole position.[4]

Group 1Edit

Throughout season three the first group had been the worst group to qualify in, so when Sébastien Buemi was drawn in the first quintet of the afternoon it seemed as if the title fight had swung massively in his rival's favour.[4] The Swiss racer would be, regardless, be favourite from the quintet to get to Super Pole, although José María López had looked strong all weekend.[4] Loïc Duval would hope that fastest lap on Saturday could inspire him to a better result, while Maro Engel and Adam Carroll aspired to top ten slots at best.[4]

A general lack of grip for the first group of the day proved decisive for title pretending Buemi, as the Swiss racer produced a dismal effort after locking up badly at turn one.[5] Even worse for the Swiss racer was the fact that he was only third fastest of the group, with Lopez and Duval both sneaking ahead of him in spite of mutual moments into turn one.[5] Engel was half a second off having set his time first, while Carroll was largely out of control on his lap to record the slowest time overall.[5]

Group 2Edit

Practice pace setter Felix Rosenqvist headlined group two for Mahindra Racing, having set a new circuit record earlier in the day.[4] He would be up against another single lap star in the form of Jean-Éric Vergne, who was heading into the final round of the season desperate to take victory at last.[4] Elsewhere, Jérôme d'Ambrosio would hope to at least get a competitive time in at all having failed to do so on Saturday, while Tom Dillmann and Mitch Evans were looking to defeat their teammates one last time.[4]

Track evolution was expected to play a part in qualifying on Sunday, but that could not explain the huge jump in times for the second group, as Rosenqvist and Vergne took a second out of the earlier groups' efforts.[5] Of the pair, Rosenqvist was faster with a 1:22.051, while Vergne was three tenths off with a 1:22.378.[5] Dillmann's effort then made it impossible for Buemi to claim a Super Pole slot moments later, while d'Ambrosio just fell shy of the 1:22.000s to nudge the Swiss race further down the order.[5] A huge turn one lock up for Evans all but ended his effort at the first hurdle, leaving him just ahead of teammate Carroll.

Group 3Edit

The third quintet of the afternoon served as the calm before the storm, consisting as it did of five drivers only really capable of getting into the top ten at best.[4] Of those, Stéphane Sarrazin seemed the most likely, if he could get a clean lap in in the Techeetah, while the NextEV NIOs of Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. were strong over one lap.[4] They would also be joined on circuit by the Andretti duo of Robin Frijns and António Félix da Costa.[4]

Star of the third session would be Piquet Jr., although his effort of 1:22.972 left him out of the Super Pole hunt having locked up the rear wheels at turn ten.[5] The rest of the runners were in the 1:23.000s, Sarrazin slotting in just a thousandth ahead of d'Ambrosio, while da Costa, Frijns and Turvey were a tenth apart behind the best of the group one runners.[5]

Group 4Edit

The final five to hit the circuit in Montreal were all contenders for Super Pole, headlined as they were by Championship leader Lucas di Grassi, who could make it nigh-impossible for Buemi to win the Championship if he claimed pole.[4] Also in action would be his teammate Daniel Abt, although Renault e.Dams could try some dirty tricks on the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport effort as Nicolas Prost was also in action.[4] Nick Heidfeld and Sam Bird, meanwhile, would be looking to get into Super Pole to end the season on a high, their teams still fighting for third in the Championship.[4]

The action was instant for the final group session of the season, as Prost, di Grassi and Abt all left as one to set their efforts, leaving Bird and Heidfeld in the pits.[5] Of the early trio it was Prost who led the charge, although his effort of 1:22.721 left him shy of Super Pole when Abt charged past to claim a 1:22.694.[5] Next came di Grassi with a 1:22.459 to go third fastest overall, only for first Heidfeld and then Bird to charge across the line, the latter going fastest overall with a 1:22.012.[5]

Super PoleEdit

Having just run in the final group it was di Grassi who got things underway in Super Pole, although that recent run did little to improve his performance.[5] Indeed, an oh-so familiar lock up into turn one ended his run early on, the Brazilian ultimately recording a 1:23.557 after battling around the rest of the circuit.[5] Heidfeld compounded his poor effort by simply driving a precise, if risk free, lap to record a 1:23.041, meaning di Grassi headed into the finale with an eighteen point advantage over Buemi.[5]

With Hiedfeld out of the way it was Vergne's turn to hit the circuit, and a perfect opening to his lap saw him claim a 1::22.769, faster than the pole time from Saturday.[5] Rosenqvist went next and was nothing short of stunning, a small mistake into turn five more than made up for with a perfect run through the final sector, leaving the Swede with a 1:22.344.[5]

Finally it was Bird's turn, and a perfect first sector for the Brit saw him open his lap a quarter of a second up on Rosenqvist's time.[5] He was clearly throwing everything at his effort, a fact proved when the rear of the Virgin got away from Bird at turn seven, ending his hopes of pole.[5] Half a lap later and Bird was across the line with a 1:22.559 knowing that mistake had cost him pole, and left him just a point clear of pole sitter Rosenqvist in their fight for third.[5]

Post QualifyingEdit

The final qualifying result for the 2017 Montreal ePrix II are outlined below:

2017 Montreal ePrix II Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:22.344 1
2nd 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:22.559 +0.215s 2
3rd 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1:22.769 +0.425s 3
4th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:23.041 +0.697s 4
5th 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:23.557 +1.213s 5
Super Pole
1st 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:22.012 SP
2nd 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:22.051 +0.039s SP
3rd 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1:22.378 +0.366s SP
4th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:22.423 +0.411s SP
5th 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:22.459 +0.447s SP
6th 66 Germany Daniel Abt ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:22.694 +0.682s 6
7th* 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 1:22.721 +0.509s 20
8th 4 France Tom Dillmann Venturi 1:22.822 +0.810s 7
9th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NIO 1:22.972 +0.960s 8
10th 33 France Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah 1:23.057 +1.045s 9
11th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:23.058 +1.046s 10
12th 37 Argentina José María López DS Virgin Racing 1:23.313 +1.301s 11
13th 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 1:23.337 +1.325s 12
14th 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 1:23.372 +1.360s 13
15th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti 1:23.635 +1.623s 14
16th 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Andretti 1:23.655 +1.643s 15
17th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 1:23.709 +1.697s 16
18th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 1:23.755 +1.743s 17
19th 5 Germany Maro Engel Venturi 1:23.811 +1.799s 18
20th 47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Jaguar Racing 1:24.024 +2.012s 19
Source:[3]
  • * Prost received a 20 place grid penalty after work was carried out in parc fermé.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultEdit

The final classification of the 2017 Montreal ePrix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2017 Montreal ePrix II Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah 37 0:54:12.606 1:25.262 25
2nd 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 37 +0.896s 1:25.396 21
3rd 37 Argentina José María López DS Virgin Racing 37 +4.468s 1:24.839 15
4th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 37 +7.114s 1:25.387 12
5th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 37 +21.933s 1:26.028 10
6th 66 Germany Daniel Abt FanBoosticon ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 37 +24.444s 1:25.247 8
7th 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi FanBoosticon ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 37 +24.855s 1:25.451 6
8th 33 France Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah 37 +26.038s 1:25.798 4
9th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 37 +28.282s 1:25.927 2
10th 4 France Tom Dillmann Venturi 37 +28.591s 1:26.052 1
11th 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi FanBoosticon Renault e.Dams 37 +35.170s 1:24.916
12th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 37 +36.548s 1:25.137
13th 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Andretti 37 +36.826s 1:25.570
14th 47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Jaguar Racing 37 +36.972s 1:25.785
15th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti 37 +39.720s 1:25.862
16th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NIO 37 +46.751s 1:25.043
17th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 37 +49.116s 1:25.937
18th 5 Germany Maro Engel Venturi 37 +1:33.530 1:25.966
19th 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 34 +3 Laps 1:25.883
Ret 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 32 Retired 1:23.444 1
Source:[3]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Having only led the Championship for two days across the 2016/17 season, it would be Lucas di Grassi who claimed the title, his final tally of 181 a record for the series. His margin over Sébastien Buemi, standing at 24 points, was also the largest FE had seen, although in truth the Swiss racer had thrown his second title away after a miserable Montreal weekend. Third place went to Felix Rosenqvist on the final day, overhauling Sam Bird by finishing on the podium.

Despite only claiming a single point in the season finale, Renault e.Dams secured their third straight Teams' Championship title, which had been their priority after Buemi's dismal Saturday. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ended the season as close as they had been all season, twenty points back, while Mahindra Racing secured third place after a strong season. DS Virgin Racing were 25 points behind come season end, while Techeetah had secured fifth on Saturday. Jaguar Racing ended their debut season bottom of the table, but only seven points off of seventh placed Andretti.

 
2016/17 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Brazil Lucas di Grassi 181 ◄0
2nd Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 157 ◄0
3rd Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 127 ▲1
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 122 ▼1
5th France Jean-Eric Vergne 117 ◄0
6th France Nicolas Prost 93 ◄0
7th Germany Nick Heidfeld 88 ◄0
8th Germany Daniel Abt 67 ◄0
9th Argentina José María López 65 ◄0
10th France Stéphane Sarrazin 36 ▲1
11th Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 33 ▼1
12th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 26 ◄0
13th Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 24 ◄0
14th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 22 ◄0
15th France Loïc Duval 20 ◄0
16th France Pierre Gasly 18 ◄0
17th Germany Maro Engel 16 ◄0
18th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 13 ◄0
19th France Tom Dillmann 12 ◄0
20th Portugal António Félix da Costa 10 ◄0
21st Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll 5 ◄0
22nd Flag of Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 5 ◄0
23rd Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 3 ◄0
2016/17 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st France Renault e.Dams 268 ◄0
2nd Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 248 ◄0
3rd Flag of India Mahindra Racing 215 ◄0
4th Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 190 ◄0
5th People's Republic of China Techeetah 156 ◄0
6th People's Republic of China NextEV NIO 59 ◄0
7th Flag of the United States Andretti Formula E Team 34 ◄0
8th Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 33 ◄0
9th Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 30 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 27 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
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  2. 'FanBoost opens for second Montreal ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/fanboost-opens-for-second-montreal-eprix/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'R12: Montreal, CA - ePrix Race Results', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/results/race-results/season/2022016/round/12, (Accessed 29/07/2017)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 'Buemi draws Group 1 for crucial qualifying', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/buemi-draws-group-1-for-crucial-qualifying/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 'Rosenqvist takes pole as Buemi struggles', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/rosenqvist-takes-pole-as-buemi-struggles/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
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