2017 Montreal E Prix – Venturi Newsletter Saturday
What a race!
– The longest circuit, the most dramatic battles – and the fight for the title taken down to the final race
– Venturi drivers finish 10th and 12th, in the Saturday race
The first round of the season finale at Montreal was outstanding in many respects. For the first time, the two-million citizen metropolis erected a street circuit for a car race in the heart of it`s city. While Formula One still held its Canadian GP at the tradition-rich Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on a peninsula located on the outskirts of the city.
And the crowds truly got what they paid for, at the arguably most spectacular circuit of the season. Prior to the race weekend, the battle for the title between Renault’s Sebastien Buemi and Abt-Audi driver Lucas die Grassi, was the most discussed topic. After race that was won by the Brazilian, the battle for the title has been taken down to the final race on Sunday – after several `aha` moments.
But the bare-knuckle fighting wasn’t restricted to the front end of the field as the drivers in the midfield also made for a lot of action. Many overtaking manoeuvres, some of them extremely close, several accidents, a full-course-yellow and a safety-car period and a safety-car period made sure, that the crowds had no chance of getting bored throughout the race.
Also involved were the two Venturi drivers, Tom Dillmann and Maro Engel, with one of them starting into the race from ninth position on the grid and the other from 17th. After the qualifying session, Engel was annoyed about his wrong engine mapping. “That’s solely my mistake. I contested the session in the practice-session mode and consequently with some 30kW less – what cost me some two seconds per lap.”
Following a solid start, Dillmann and Engel held 10th and 15th positions for three laps but then, Monaco resident Engel was passed by Buemi – who had been passed by Engel earlier – as well as Bird and Lopez. “In the first safety-car period we opted for another strategy than the others and staid out for a lap longer to have more energy available in the second car in the end,” admitted Engel. “Unfortunately our strategy didn’t pay off as the race was re-started too early.”
Tom Dillmann had a slightly better run in this first race of the weekend. “At first I `ve been a little bit frustrated, after finishing 11th, “ committed the Frenchman. “but as Sebastien Buemi was disqualified after the race for underweight, we could at least score one point. “
Tomorrow, Montreal will host the season finale of the third FIA Formula E Championship.