Formula E has dropped its pants: At the Monaco ePrix, the electric series contested a race on a Formula 1 layout for the first time. The speed comparison is sobering: the lap times are 21 seconds slower, even in Formula 2, eleven seconds are missing.
But: While Formula 1 races in Monaco are mostly boring processional drives, Formula E delivered a real racing spectacle. The lead changed six times – and without any pit stops, just by overtaking on the slopes. With the electric speedsters, wheel-to-wheel battles are possible even in Monaco.
First, pole setter Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) and Virgin driver Robin Frijns dueled. Then Jaguar star Mitch Evans led for a while before defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa took the win in the last lap (!!). It was the sixth success for the Portuguese in Formula E.
Günther narrowly missed the podium
In fifth place, Maximilian Günther was the best German. So the home advantage paid off in full: the BMW Andretti driver has been living in the Principality for a year. “It was a mega race and a gigantic fight. It was fun, even if it wasn’t a podium, ”said Günther happily.
André Lotterer (Porsche) also scored two points in ninth place after being involved in an accident with Alexander Sims on the opening lap. Porsche team-mate Pascal Wehrlein only crossed the finish line in 22nd place.
René Rast dueled Nick Cassidy while in the points and crashed into the guardrail in the first corner. “That’s a shame,” explains Allan McNish, Team Principal of Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, “because René had two percent more energy than us. So the race in our direction would have been knocked out. “
Frijn’s new leader
Mercedes leaves Monaco with no points. Robin Frijns in the Virgin Audi, who finished second in the Monaco ePrix, is the new leader of the table.
After a long break, it will continue on June 19 in Puebla (Mexico).
Result Monaco ePrix
1. Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah)
2. Robin Frijns (Virgin Audi)
3. Mitch Evans (Jaguar)
4. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah)
5. Maximilian Günther (BMW-Andretti)
6. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams)
7. Sam Bird (Jaguar)
8. Nick Cassidy (Virgin Audi)
9. André Lotterer (Porsche)
10. Alex Lynn (Mahindra)
Drivers World Championship
1. Robin Frijns (Virgin-Audi) 62
2. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) 57
3. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) 54
4. Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) 52
5. Sam Bird (Jaguar) 49
6. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes) 48
7. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) 46
8. René Rast (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) 39
9. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) 35
10. Jake Dennis (BMW-Andretti) 33
11. Edoardo Mortara (Venturi-Mercedes) 32
12. Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) 32
13. Nico Müller (Dragon) 30
14. Alex Sims (Mahindra) 24
15. Alex Lynn (Mahindra) 22
16. Maximilian Günther (BMW-Andretti) 22
17. André Lotterer (Porsche) 20
18. Nick Cassidy (Virgin-Audi) 19
19. Oliver Turvey (Nio333) 13
20. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) 13
21. Sergio Sette Câmara (Dragon) 12
22. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) 11
23. Norman Nato (Venturi-Mercedes) 11
24. Tom Blomqvist (Nio333) 5
Team World Cup
1. Mercedes 105
2. Jaguar 103
3. DS Techeetah 98
4. Virgin Audi 81
5. BMW Andretti 55
6. Porsche 52
7. Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 52
8. Mahindra 46
9. Nissan e.dams 46
10. Venturi Mercedes 43
11. Dragon 42