“Sainte Dévote”, “Mirabeau” or “Rascasse” – the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will be entering the dedicated motorsport field on Saturday (May 8th): the Monaco street circuit. This is the fourth time that the all-electric racing series is staging a run in the Principality, with the long Formula 1 route on the agenda for the first time. This also means: For the first time, a direct comparison between Formula 1 and the innovative electric formula is possible. At least on paper.
Because Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who has already raced through the streets of the Monegas both with Formula 1 and Formula E, warns: The comparison is not fair. “Formula 1 is about pure speed, Formula E, on the other hand, is supposed to promote electromobility and has a completely different philosophy.”
In the electrical series, the focus is not on technical competition, but on the electrifying show. The power of the engines is limited, the chassis is the same for everyone, and the tires offer hardly any grip. Saving energy is the magic word. This was also shown by the races in Valencia, where several cars ran out of juice. “Our races are unpredictable,” says Vandoorne. After all: That fits the gambling mecca …
On the other hand, things get serious in the fight for the titles in the driver and team championship. Mercedes is ahead of the seventh Mercedes in both categories. In the drivers’ standings, the brand from Stuttgart leads twice with Nyck de Vries (NED, 57 points) and Vandoorne (BEL, 48 points). Three of six possible successes have so far gone to Mercedes.
Nevertheless, the other German manufacturers still play a role in the awarding of the world title. Audi star René Rast is lurking in sixth place in the championship with 39 points. Porsche is also still within striking distance with Pascal Wehrlein (32 points / tenth place). For a win in Formula E, 25 points are credited, there are three additional counters for a pole position, another one for the fastest time in group qualifying and one for the fastest lap within the top ten.
The electrifying lottery consists of 19 curves spread over 3.318 kilometers. Expected top speed: 225 km / h. The attack mode is appropriately activated at the casino. Alone: Formula E won’t stand a chance against Formula 1 with its 285 kilometers per hour at the top and 160 km / h in the lap average – but it doesn’t want that either.
Porsche driver André Lotterer, most recently in second place in Valencia, is delighted: “Monaco is a household name all over the world and when Formula E drives a race there, it is not only of interest to die-hard motorsport fans. I hope that we can optimally present Formula E with its mixture of sport and lifestyle in this fascinating setting. “
Sat.1 will broadcast the race live from 3:30 p.m. Qualifying starts at 11.45 a.m. on ran.de.