On 20 April in Zurich, there was a small taste of what awaits the spectators of the Zurich E-Prix this summer in the Zurich Enge district. With the Swiss Formula E driver Sébastien Buemi at the wheel for the first time a Formula E vehicle drove on Zurich streets. The public interest in this demonstration was great.
Accompanied by curious glances from the passers-by and flashlights of the photographers, Buemi started at the bus parking on the Ausstellungsstrasse, stopped at the central railway station and at the Limmatquai with a view of the old town, before stopping at the main entrance of the ETH.
At this premiere of the successful Formula E racing driver was accompanied by two police vehicles and kept to the traffic rules. Buemi is looking forward to starting in his home country at the first E-Prix and to be able to be racing for the podium at over 200km/h in about seven weeks.
Parallel to Buemi’s show case, well-known representatives of politics, research and industry gathered at ETH to discuss the importance of bringing the electric street racing series to Switzerland. Among them the Mayor of Zurich, Corine Mauch and other representatives such as Gian Rossi, Head of the Switzerland region of Julius Baer and Remo Lütolf, Country Managing Director Switzerland, ABB Group, and Prof. Dr. med. Lino Guzzella, President ETH Zurich and on the part of Formula E Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Pascal Derron, Founder and CEO of Swiss E-Prix Operations.
The high-caliber media conference ended with a photo shoot in front of the ETH and an autograph session with Sébastien Buemi.