Preview: Formula E season finale in Montreal
Four drivers and two teams have an opportunity before the final double header of the 2016-2017 FIA Formula E in Montreal. The new circuit is one of the finest tracks created for Formula E so far, with a challenging mix of corners, elevation changes and a surprising amount of width for a street track.
The streets of the Canadian city will host the ePrix race for the first time and before the last two races of the season the stakes are high. Defending champion Sebastien Buemi is considered as a favorite for another title while his Renault e.Dams team also has a good opportunity to win another trophy.
Buemi vs di Grassi
Buemi heads the standings with an advantage of 10 points to Lucas di Grassi. Even after he missed previous double header in New York, the Swiss driver, who scored six wins so far, is in the best position. There are a whole host of scenarios in which Buemi can become champion but if he scores 47 points in Montreal, the championship trophy will definitely go to the hands of the Renault e.Dams driver.
Lucas di Grassi in New York missed a great opportunity to reduce the gap to the championship leader or to become the new standings leader. The Brazilian driver of the Abt Schaeffler Audi Team, who triumphed only one this season, underachieved in the previous two races but he is surely ready to bounce back and to keep title hopes alive until the very last lap. However, 58 points are on the table and if di Grassi picks them all, he will be the new champion. That outcome looks unlikely but not forget that the Brazilian has nothing to lose.
Rosenqvist and Bird hope for a miracle
Felix Rosenqvist was in very fine form in the second half of the season but his chances of becoming a champion are really small. The Mahindra Racing driver needs a miracle to become a champion but can play an important role in the battle for the throne. Finally, Sam Bird is the last among the title contenders but he faces ’mission impossible’. With a deficit to Buemi of 57 points, he has to win both races from pole, setting the fastest lap in the process, while hoping that Buemi doesn’t score a single point. That’s why it’s fair to say that both Rosenqvist and Bird will not be clearing a space in his showcase for the Formula E trophy this year.
Renault e.Dams wants third title in a row
Finally, Renault e.Dams already put one hand to the Teams’ Championship trophy. The French side has an advantage of 66 points to Audi what must be enough for the third consecutive title. Probably the more interesting will be a battle for the second place between Audi and Mahindra Racing. The Indian team is just 12 points behind the Germans and considering a form of their drivers, Mahindra has a chance to achieve the best result so far.