The Zurich E-Prix will be one of the most memorable experiences of Sebastien Buemi’s career to date, according to the Season Two ABB FIA Formula E Champion.
Buemi attended a promotional event in the city last month and believes that the first international single-seater race to be held on Swiss soil since 1954 is “massive” for the country’s sporting history.
Buemi demonstrated a Formula E car but did not drive on the 1.5-mile circuit which will host the Zurich E-Prix on June 10.
“The track is by Lake Geneva and the backdrop will be great and spectacular, I am really excited,” Buemi told e-racing365.
“I never thought I would race in my home country, I thought that opportunity would not exist for me in my career.
“It is a great bonus to be able to have that experience and it will be one of the highlights of my career so far I think.
“Switzerland has so much history and some great drivers down the years. I will feel a lot of pride of course, but the priority will be to make sure I can have a good result. That would be special.”
Buemi hopes that the Zurich E-Prix will be a long-standing fixture for Formula E stating that the enthusiasm and appetite for the all-electric series in Switzerland was strong.
“We will have to see but I think the interest is there for sure,” he said.
“To have guys like Julius Baer central to it really helps and Formula E and the FIA have done a really good job to make this happen.
“I think it will be massive for Swiss sport so it will be a proud day for the country.”
Swiss drivers have traditionally tasted success in motorsport with two Grand Prix winners taking seven wins between them.
Clay Regazzoni claimed five wins in Formula 1 for Ferrari between 1970 and 1976, while Siffert won two races in a Lotus and a BRM in 1968 and 1971 respectively.
The country hosted five World Championship Grands Prix between 1950 and 1954 at the Bremgarten circuit near Bern.
Racing was banned in the country after the 1955 Le Mans disaster and competition was confined to hillclimbs and auto tests.
A non-championship Swiss Grand Prix took place at Dijon-Prenois in 1975 and a full championship race under the Swiss GP banner was won by Keke Rosberg in 1982.