When is Formula E’s championship showdown in Montreal and how can I watch it?

Photo: Shivraj Gohil/Spacesuit Media

Ten races down, two to go. The Formula E drivers’ championship will go down to the wire once again this weekend as the all-electric series hits the streets of Montreal for the very first time.

Montreal acts as the second leg of a North American double-header for Formula E, having broken new ground by becoming the first single-seater championship to stage a race in the five boroughs of New York City two weeks ago.

Championship leader Sebastien Buemi was unable to take part in either of the two races that were staged in New York due to clashing commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota, yet the defending champion still sits at the head of the points table.

Perennial rival Lucas di Grassi cut the points deficit from 32 to just 10 across the course of the New York weekend, meaning there is plenty to play for as the pair duke it out for top honours once again.

Memories of their controversial clash in the final race of the year in London in 2016 will be fresh in the mind for everyone in the Formula E paddock, the pair already engaging in a war of words in the media, psyching each other out.

Buemi and di Grassi are the two drivers with the most realistic chance of winning the title in Montreal, yet Felix Rosenqvist and Sam Bird are both mathematically still in contention. However, a dramatic turn in form needs to take place if either Buemi or di Grassi are to be denied the crown.

In the teams’ championship, Renault e.dams heads into the season finale set to claim a third straight title. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport – enjoying its final race before becoming Audi’s works team in season four – sits 65 points adrift, meaning the title could be wrapped up by Renault on Saturday.

With a championship showdown between two of the world’s finest racing drivers set to unfold in Montreal, this is a race you will not want to miss. Here are all of the details on how to watch the Montreal ePrix.

When is the Montreal ePrix?

As a double-header round, there will be track running on both Saturday and Sunday in Montreal. Each day will feature two practice sessions, one qualifying session and a race, culminating on Sunday evening.

What time are the sessions?

Here’s the timetable for both Saturday and Sunday. All times are local to Montreal (ET), five hours behind BST.

FP1: 0800-0845
FP2: 1030-1100
Qualifying: 1200-1300
Race: 1600

Where is the Montreal ePrix?

The circuit is just a stone’s throw from the Ile Notre Dame where the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal’s Formula 1 track, is located.

Here is what the track will look like.

Where can I watch the race on TV?

For those of you in the UK, Channel 5 will be carrying live coverage of Saturday’s race in Montreal while sister channel Spike will show the Sunday event. Catch them at the following times:

Saturday race (C5): 8:30pm
Sunday race (Spike): 8.30pm
Sunday race (C5): 12:35am 

How else can I follow the race?

Besides watching it on TV and online, there’s a small team of dedicated media who follow the season around.

The TV people to follow are Nicki Shields (@NickiShields), Jack Nicholls (@Jack_Nicholls), Dario Franchitti (@DarioFranchitti) and Marc Priestley (@F1elvis), while you should also follow on-site journalists Sam Smith (@sniffermedia) and Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) for trackside news and updates.

For specific Formula E coverage, Current E has sent a dedicated team to every single round of the series since the very first race. You can follow news updates here and at the site’s Twitter and Instagram accounts (@current_e) for everything from the ground in Montreal.

Our photographic partner Spacesuit Media will also be there, so there’ll be lots more material appearing at their social media handles. The people and Twitter accounts to follow are: Shiv Gohil (@shivraj_photos), Nat Twiss (@nattwiss) and Lou Johnson (@loujohnsonphoto); the company’s main account is @Spacesuit_Media.

Here are all of the Twitter handles for the teams:

Renault e.dams: @RENAULTedams
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport: @abt_formula_e
DS Virgin Racing: @DSVirginRacing
Faraday Future Dragon Racing: @DragonRacing
Mahindra Racing: @MahindraRacing
Venturi: @VenturiGP
MS Amlin Andretti: @MSAmlinAndretti
NextEV NIO: @NIOSocial
Techeetah: @TecheetahFE
Jaguar Racing : @JaguarRacing

The hashtag for this weekend’s race is #MontrealePrix.

And, most importantly, be sure to keep it Current E for all of the latest news, features and interviews from a significant weekend in the racing season.

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