|Name||FIA Formula E Montreal ePrix|
|Location||Rue Viger E, Montreal, Canada|
|First Race||29th July 2017|
|Nicolas Prost||Felix Rosenqvist||Lucas di Grassi|
The city of Montreal, spelt in French as Montréal, is a major Canadian city and largest city in the region of Quebec. Named after the island it was founded on, Montreal will get its chance to host the FIA Formula E Championship when the third edition of the series, the 2016/17 season, comes to its conclusion with the 2017 Montreal ePrix I and 2017 Montreal ePrix II in late July.
Occupation on the island of Montreal can be traced back as early as 2000 B.C., although it was not until French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived on the island that European interest piqued. 75 years later and a French fur trading post was set up, beginning a slow rise in European settlement over the following years. By 1641 a full colonisation project had begun, with the colony of Montreal established on the 17th of May 1642.
Montreal eventually evolved into a city in the nineteenth century, being incorporated in 1832 after which it became capital of the Province of Canada. After a mob attack on the parliament in Montreal in 1849, the city lost its status as capital to Ottawa, after years of competition with Toronto, Kingston and Quebec City for the honour. Montreal would go on from then to have minor involvement in the developments of the twentieth century, although the city itself saw major renovations ahead of the 1976 Summer Olympics, while also getting to host the Canadian Grand Prix from 1978.
Formula E HistoryEdit
Montreal was proposed as a host city in time to make it to the provisional calendar for the 2016/17 season, where it was scheduled to be the penultimate round of the season. The city was to host two races on the 15th-16th July 2017, although the official calendar then moved the double header in Canada to the 29th-30th July 2017. Montreal would therefore host the season finale for the 2016/17 season, and become the fifth North American city to host an ePrix.
However, after the city's debut as a Formula E host, complaints by the local populous regarding the cost of the event would come to the fore. A subsequent election saw new Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante ultimately cancel the event, citing the fact that a major sponsor had failed to pay its share of the bill. An alternative venue in Montreal, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was thought to have been explored, but redevelopment work at the circuit meant it would be impossible for FE to race their in July 2018.
After being revealed as a host city, speculation was rife on the venue for the Montreal ePrix, with the well established Circuit Gilles Villeneuve located on an artificial island within the city. Ultimately, the Formula One circuit was deemed too long for the series, meaning another location in the city was chosen, centred around Maison Radio-Canada on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
The lap opens with a long run from the start/finish line into turn one, a sharp right hander with the pit exit emerging on the exit of the kink afterwards. Turn two follows in the form of a 90 right, before a short blast to turn three, a 90 left, followed by an even shorter straight to the 90 right of turn four. A tight turn five corner then sees the cars sweep back away from the river bank, with a long continuous curve leading the cars past the eVillage and turn six.
Turns six, seven and eight see the cars weave around the back of the eVillage, before carrying the cars to the turn nine/ten hairpin and back onto the Boulevard René-Lévesque E and the start/finish straight. That long run is broken up by a tight chicane featuring turns eleven, twelve, thirteen and fourteen, before a kink brings the field back onto to the start/finish line. The pit entry can be found on the exit of the kink.
A full list of records for the Montreal ePrix are outlined below, including a list of race winners.
Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held in Montreal:
|Montreal ePrix Winners List|
|2016/17||2017 Hydro-Québec Montréal ePrix||Rue Viger E. Circuit||29th July 2017||Lucas di Grassi||Report|
|2016/17||2017 Hydro-Québec Montréal ePrix||Rue Viger E. Circuit||30th July 2017||Jean-Eric Vergne||Report|
|2017/18||2018 FIA Formula E Montréal E-Prix||Rue Viger E. Circuit||28th July 2018||Cancelled|
|2017/18||2018 FIA Formula E Montréal E-Prix||Rue Viger E. Circuit||29th July 2018||Cancelled|
Rue Viger E. CircuitEdit
The circuit records for the Rue Viger E. Circuit are outlined below:
- Qualifying Record:1:22.344 - Felix Rosenqvist (2017)
- Lap Record: 1:23.444 - Nicolas Prost (2017)
- Most Poles: Lucas di Grassi; Felix Rosenqvist (1)
- Most Wins: Lucas di Grassi; Jean-Eric Vergne (1)
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 'CALENDAR: MONTREAL CANADA', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar, (Accessed 25/10/2016)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 John Dagys, 'Montreal Mayor Cancels E-Prix', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 18/12/2017), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/montreal-mayor-cancels-e-prix/, (Accessed 19/12/2017)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 'Montreal', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 21/10/2016), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal, (Accessed 25/10/2016)
- ↑ 'From Hong Kong to New York: FIVE NEW CITIES FOR THIRD FORMULA E SEASON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/from-hong-kong-to-new-york/, (Accessed 02/07/2016)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 'FIA RELEASES REVISED SEASON THREE CALENDAR: DATE SWAP FOR NEW YORK CITY AND MONTREAL', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/09/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/september/fia-releases-revised-season-three-formula-e-calendar/, (Accessed 28/09/2016)
- ↑ 'Location revealed for Montreal ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/10/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/october/location-revealed-for-montreal-eprix/, (Accessed 25/10/2016)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 'More compact Season 4 calendar revealed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/more-compact-season-4-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 19/06/2017)
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