ABB Formula E – Monaco ePrix – Race
Bonjour MiniE Fans!
The idyllic and visually stunning Monte Carlo plays host to Formula E this weekend. The big question on everybody’s mind heading into the event was whether or not the sport would see its 9th race winner of the season. It’s hard to believe that is possible, but this was also true after six races too.
Oliver Rowland was fastest in qualifying, but a grid penalty from the last race in Paris sees the British driver drop to 3rd. It’s Jean-Eric Vergne who therefore inherits the first spot on the grid, ahead of Pascal Wehrlein for Mahindra. Ex-F1 drivers Felipe Massa and Sebastien Buemi start 4th & 5th respectively. Mitch Evans ended qualifying up in 3rd, but an infringement of the sporting regulations sees the New Zealander drop down to 12th with a penalty. Meanwhile, championship leader Robin Frijns will start 11th, and Andre Lotterer – who’s one point behind in the championship – will line up in 20th.
The driving on the opening lap was superb with minimal contact between all the drivers, despite the extremely tight opening few corners. As the race progressed, the amount of contact increased, but it usually stayed to acceptable levels.
Despite the Monaco circuit being one of the widest of the season, the top five from the grid all finished within the top five in the race. This was aided by the top four pulling away and Sebastien Buemi causing a huge train of cars behind him. The only change of position at the front was Pascal Wehrlein dropping from 2nd to 4th after locking up into turn one during the early stages.
So; Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne came home to win his second race of the season ahead of Oliver Rowland and Felipe Massa. It is nice to see the Monegasque Venturi team grab a podium in Monaco. Outside the top five; Antonio Felix da Costa was 6th ahead of Mitch Evans (7th), Daniel Abt (8th), Andre Lotterer (9th) and Alex Lynn (10th).
All of a sudden; Techeetah take a dominant position in the championships. Vergne leads Lotterer in the drivers’ title by five points, and Techeetah are 34 points clear of Virgin Racing in the teams’ championship.
As the drivers now look forward to the Berlin ePrix, spare a thought for Sam Bird who made a number of superb overtakes in this race, but eventually had to retire with a puncture.
Who would you tip to win the title between Vergne and Lotterer? Or, do you think the title will go elsewhere? The top eight drivers are still separated by less than one win. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.