HISTORY IN THE MAKING
For the first time in 60 years, Switzerland has opened its doors to motor racing once again. The tenth round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be the first race in Switzerland since the motorcycle world championship at the Bremgarten Circuit in 1954. The ban on racing has been lifted in Switzerland for electric vehicles and the race will take place in the capital city of Zurich.
Currently sitting at fourth in the team standings and third in the driver standings, Mahindra Racing are looking to get in to Zurich, dial in to the conditions and the circuit as quick as they can and make their bid for the win on this new city circuit which will possibly feature the highest speeds of the season.
The Julius Bar Zurich E-prix will be held on the 10th of June on the 2.54 kilometre long street circuit over 39 laps. It is said to have all the trimmings and features of a classic city street circuit with some additions that are points of interest and a challenge to our engineers. A long straight follow by a tight section will throw caution to the wind in terms of overtaking opportunities as well as potential to make mistakes. Round that off with a cobbled pitlane with virtually no grip, and you’ve got the making of a potentially fabulous inaugural race!
Nick Heidfeld will be racing about 20 minutes from his home, and he’s looking forward to getting into the city and onto the streets that he knows like the back of his hand and charge up through the order to give himself a solid set of points. Felix Rosenqvist is looking forward to have a completely new street circuit to tackle, throw himself and the M4Electro into, and go forth and conquer!
“It’s quite cool to be a part of Switzerland’s return to motorsport! I’ve spent some time as a kid near Zurich as I have a lot of family living in the area so it’s great to have a race close by there. We haven’t had the best pace in the last two rounds, but we’ve still got a lot to play for before the end of the season. I’m sure we’re going to be in good shape and push for some great results before the end of the season.”
“Zurich is definitely the race I am looking forward to the most this season! I live nearby and it’s such a beautiful city. If we will have nearly as many spectators as predicted it will be sensational and I will try my best to put on a good show.”
“Really excited about coming to Zurich – this is a “home” race for Nick. Personally, this brings back lovely memories having worked in this city for seven years. I never expected one day to be racing here.”
POLE LAP ESTIMATE: 1:11.000 / RACE LAP ESTIMATE: 1:13.000 / AVERAGE SPEED: 137 KPH
1 VISA FASTEST LAP AWARDS
3 JULIUS BAER POLE POSITIONS
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