Zurich, Switzerland|13 Jun, 2018

2018 Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix: the race in quotes

For reigning champion Lucas di Grassi, that first place finish in the inaugural Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix was a long time coming. After the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver was crowned champion in Montreal last season, the top step of the podium has proved elusive ever since - until now, that is.

But while di Grassi was busy celebrating by the lakeside - or in it, more accurately - home race hero Sebastien Buemi was less than impressed with his performance in Switzerland's first circuit race for more than 60 years. Now that the dust has settled and the downtown Zurich racetrack has been returned to roads, let's hear how the 2018 Julius Baer Zurich E-Prix was for the drivers in their own words.

1st - Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler


"First of all, the weekend wasn't easy.

"We knew it was going to be tough because of high temperatures and a limiting factor today was battery temperature.

"I was a little bit lucky to overtake Mitch just before the full course yellow, then we did a car swap and came back, then they got the drive-through and then it was pretty much about managing the gap.

"What is difficult in Formula E is not to win a race - of course winning a race is difficult - but what is difficult is the consistency.

"We've been very unlucky the first half of this season and now the luck has turned a little bit and we've managed to do five consecutive podiums. The win here in Zurich is the cherry on top of the cake."

2nd - Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing


"I was disappointed after Qualifying, I really felt like I really missed an opportunity to get three extra points with Pole position. The first two-thirds of the lap was one of the best I've driven in in Formula E, to be honest, and then I threw it all away at the chicane.

"I was pretty disappointed with myself to be lining up in third. It's just apparent that I have to lift more than the people around me. It's just the way it is, it's been this way all season.

"We've got ourselves in this fantastic position and thankfully now, with the second place today, with a little bit of luck we can fight in New York and, well, we all know what happened in New York last year [he laughs].

"I need to beat [JEV] first race in New York, end of story. If I can do that, then there's a chance."

3rd - Jerome d'Ambrosio, Dragon


"It's been a long wait!

"I feel great - I just want to go party!

"You just have to be on top of everything all the time and that's part of being a good Formula E driver, I believe.

"You can't afford to make a mistake - it's a one-day event, everything goes by really quickly and one mistake and you're at the back.

"We've worked so hard and we've had difficult moments with the team and being able to put it together today... it's a good thing.

"We definitely upped our pace since Paris - I qualified 7th in Paris, 4th in Berlin and 4th here. In Berlin, we had loads of issues in the race. So we worked a lot for this one. It's not perfect yet but it's definitely a step forward.

"I don't know what this means for the future - it's good to be on the podium and good to be getting good results but we'll see. Nothing is defined for my future yet.

"It's amazing here in Zurich - the enthusiasm is insane. But, better than that is the message that we're racing in Switzerland 64 years later because Formula E is Formula E. It goes beyond racing, beyond motorsport and being here is proof of that."

The home race hero - Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams

"It could have been better. I got the penalty which obviously cost the podium so I'm a bit disappointed with that. 

"It doesn't mean much [for New York]. I wasn't there last year, so I'm looking forward to it and hopefully, we're going to be able to fight for a third-place finish in the championship - I'm back on fourth, nine points behind Lucas, so third place will be difficult to get. I hope to be back on the podium in New York.

"It's P5, it's 10 points, it's not the end of the world. I was hoping for a podium here.

"Yeah, I felt a lot [of support from the crowd]. I'm really happy today happened and it's going to stay with me for a long time - it was a historic day."

Under pressure - Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah


"It was a really fun race from my side. Starting in 17th, I think I overtook 16 cars, sometimes the same drivers twice. Obviously, this was my bad luck race of the season.

"I guess I was better than the others today. my team gave me a fantastic car and I was really on it. I wanted to wrap this up today and I was highly motivated to come back. This race was a race where I had my fun in overtaking. I was quite aggressive but I didn't crash and I didn't do anything bad and I was still able to be fast.

"It was a race that basically boosted my confidence for New York because I know that even if I have a bad Qualifying session in New York, I still going to come back because we were flying in the race and I know we're going to be fast there.

"We are going to take it calm - take one day to digest this race - I am going to need it - and then do everything perfect for New York."

Bad day at the office for - Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing


"From Pole, to leading half the race, to a drive through and crossing the line 7th. I can’t explain how disappointing it is to not convert a pole into a definite podium.

"Tough one to accept but we gotta roll on and take the positives out of our day. Onto New York..."