For the final round of the European tour, the FIA Formula E Championship is preparing to write a new chapter in motorsport history with the first circuit race held in Switzerland since 1954. Renault e.dams drivers, Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost are determined to make their mark this Sunday.
For round 10 of season 4, the field will head to country’s largest city Zurich for the first race to be contested on Swiss soil in more than 60 years.
While everyone will start on level footing, there’s little doubt that Sébastien Buemi’s motivation will be greater
He will, for the first time in his career, have the opportunity to race on home soil and in front of his fellow Swiss citizens. Winner of the first ePrixs organised in Punta del Este, Monaco, London, Hong Kong and Marrakech, Séb will yet again aim for the top step of the podium to solidify even more his place in Formula E history.
“It is going to be incredible to race in the streets of Zurich. I am really proud to be a part of it! I know the city very well and I paid a visit to the neighbourhood where the track is set up. The layout seems quite simple with a lot of 90° corners, but I am sure that it will be a stiff challenge to get on pace. There is a long straight and a chicane that should offer overtaking opportunities. When I was growing up, motor racing was banned in Switzerland. I am going to try to make the most of this event!”, Buemi said.
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It will almost be a home race for Swiss resident Nicolas Prost
The Frenchman is determined to find his way back into the points and contribute to the Renault e.dams comeback in an extremely tight general classification as the final sprint comes to the boil.
“I am French, but I have a Swiss passport. So it will be another home round for me! To race in Paris is something quite special, but after three years we’ve gotten used to it. I am looking forward to discovering this circuit. I don’t know Zurich very well, but it is a very lovely city where there is a lot going on. People have to understand just how much work went into bringing motor racing back to Switzerland! I want to thank everyone who made this possible and I hope we can put on a great show Sunday”, Prost explained.
As the first international circuit in Switzerland for the past several decades, Zurich offers a postcard setting with the lake and Alps as a backdrop. From the port d’Enge, the track will lead the field to the city centre and business district. After that, it returns to the port promenade thanks to two straights linked by a hairpin. The race will start Sunday at 6 pm.
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