Monaco – the crown jewel in the Formula 1 calendar – will see Formula E action for the first time this weekend; and its a sell out! A race often associated with processions when Formula 1 is in town; can Formula E deliver the principality with a cracking race on it’s tight streets? Based on previous races, you’d have to go all in on yes!
The race will take place on a shortened version of the legendary Monaco Grand Prix track. The layout, shown below, is under 2km in length and features just 12 corners. The cars will use the same famous start/finish line used by Formula 1 cars before turning right, immediately towards the harbour. From here, they’ll tackle another hairpin before rejoining the traditional circuit layout as they head to Tabac and Swimming Pool.
After the huge success of the Long Beach ePrix, there’s a lot of excitement amongst the fans and the drivers to race on another famous street track. ‘Monaco is a very special place’, says Stephane Sarrazin, who competes for Monaco based Venturi GP. ‘This layout takes in half of the Formula 1 circuit, which is enough for the Formula E car, and I’m sure it’s going to be good for overtaking’.
Whilst Monaco has never provided enthralling wheel to wheel racing in Formula 1, the ePrix on Saturday is likely to lead to another fantastic race in the series. The layout lends itself well to overtaking and the narrow track will surely lead to a number of safety cars.
Date: Saturday, 9th May
Length: 1.76 km
Race Start: 16:00 local / 15:00 UK
For the third race in a row there will be no driver changes, with Loic Duval and Scott Speed retaining their seats for Dragon Racing and Team Andretti. Scott Speed will be looking to do one better than he did at the Miami ePrix, where he finished in an incredible 2nd place on his debut.
Air temperatures of around 20 degrees are expected on race day, with a peak around mid-afternoon. This is great new for the teams as the high temperatures during the previous rounds caused battery problems for a number of drivers. The cooler temperatures should allow the drivers to push much harder throughout the race as battery temperature management should not be much of an issue.
The Championship Battle
The fight for the championship is heating up, with four drivers within a win of championship leader Lucas di Grassi. Nelson Piquet is the ‘in form’ driver and after he dominant win at Long Beach he’ll be hoping to take the lead of the championship at the circuit he’s familiar with. The e.dams-Renault pair of Nicolas Prodt and Sébastian Buemi will also competitive, although the French team have taken only two wins so far this season despite often appearing to be the strongest team.
1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) 75
2. Nelson Piquet (China Racing) 74
3. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) 69
4. Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) 55
5. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) 52
6. Antonio Felix da Costa (Amlin Aguri) 43
7. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) 42
8. Jean-Eric Vergne (Andretti) 32
9. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) 30
10. Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) 28
11. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT) 22
12. Franck Montagny (Andretti) 18
13. Scott Speed (Andretti) 18
14. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing) 18
15. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing) 16
16. Charles Pic (China Racing) 12
17. Jarno Trulli (Trulli) 12
18. Loic Duval (Dragon Racing) 8
19. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) 5
20. Stéphane Sarrazin (Venturi) 4
21. Takuma Sato (Amlin Aguri) 2
22. Salvador Duran (Amlin Aguri) 1
23. Ho-Pin Tung (China Racing) 0
24. Antonio Garcia (China Racing) 0
25. Michela Cerruti (Trulli) 0
26. Marco Andretti (Andretti) 0
27. Matthew Brabham (Andretti) 0
28. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Trulli) 0
29. Katherine Legge (Amlin Aguri) 0
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Written by: Anil Parmar