Jean Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) broke the ice this weekend and became the first driver to win twice in the current Formula E season,
Winning on the street circuit of Monte Carlo. And no, even if there were discussions about organizing the race on the same layout as the one in Formula 1, it was still held on the 2-kilometer version, a variant linking Sainte-Devote and the Nouvelle chicane by a single street.
Starting from the pole position, the Frenchman managed to easily distantiate himself from Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra) and Oliver Rowland (Nissan eDams), who left from fourth position even though he had the best time in qualifying because of the 3 position grid penalty he received after race in Paris two weeks ago.
The most successful pilot in the Principality, Sebastien Buemi (5th place), was the first to take advantage of the “Attack Mode” system (the passage area was located between the Nouvelle and the Tabac turn). Shortly after, Pascal Wehrlein went wide in turn 1 and lost 2 positions, compared to Rowland and Venturi driver Felippe Massa.
With just over 20 minutes left, Sam Bird (Virgin) and Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) were in eighth and ninth place respectively after they advanced well in the race. But the race was going to end tragically for Di Grassi, as he got pushed into the wall in turn 3, and the Brazilian dragged his car down to the chicane of the pool area.
Robin Frijns, the winner of the last Formula E race two weeks ago, could not have a decent finish this time: with just two minutes left in the race, he had a clash with the same BMW I-Racing driver (Alexander Sims) that had hit also Lucas Di Grassi.
However, in the last minutes of the race, the battle was getting tighter for the 1st place: in a circuit where overtakes are almost impossible to do without contact, Rowland put pressure on Jean-Eric Vergne, but without success, the Frenchman winning the race at just two tenths advantage. Felipe Massa finished third and achieved his first podium finish in Formula E in his debut season.
In the standings, Jean Eric Vergne took the lead by 5 points ahead of Andre Lotterer, Robin Frijns falling to 3rd place one point behind the German after a disappointing 18th place in this race.
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