Published on: August 1, 2017 | Last Updated: August 1, 2017 6:58 AM EDT
Formula E driver Lucas Di Grassi of Brasil races his Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport car up Berri during the morning practice round on Sunday July 30, 2017. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette
While most Quebecers are say they’re favourable to Formula E racing being held in Montreal, they’re unhappy with the way the Coderre administration managed the event, think it cost too much and was held in the wrong venue, a survey conducted for the TVA news network and the Journal de Montréal suggests.
The online survey of 501 respondents found that 60 per cent supported the idea of holding the electrically powered event in Montreal. But when those respondents were asked whether the event was well managed by Mayor Denis Coderre, only 23 per cent replied yes, while 57 per cent felt the event was mismanaged and 20 per cent had no opinion.
More than two thirds of those surveyed (67 per cent) were not in favour of the city’s spending at least $24 million on the two-day event, while only 28 per cent supported the idea of a taxpayer-funded race. And even though Coderre has repeatedly maintained that holding the event on the existing infrastructure of the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit would have involved additional costs, the majority of respondents flatly disagreed, 74 per cent saying the F1 venue should have been used.
While Coderre described the Formula E race as a success during a press conference Monday, only 37 per cent of those surveyed agreed, with 24 per cent challenging that point of view and 39 per cent saying they didn’t know.
The survey, which possesses a margin of error of 4.4 per cent, comes as questions were asked about just how many tickets were actually sold for the event, questions that were not addressed on Monday by event organizer, who would only say the event drew more than 40,000 participants.
Coderre meanwhile has said a second race will be added to next year’s edition of the event.
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