Formula E presented an adapted version of the Monaco Formula 1 circuit for its E-Prix, where it will use the full track for the first time.
The changes that have been made to the original layout of the grand prix are marked by a widening in the first corner at Sainte Devote after delaying the location of the inner piano, according to the International Automobile Federation (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, FIA).
This variation, approved by Formula E, the FIA and the Automobile Club of Monaco, implies that this new design will use the original layout used in the first grand prix in 1929.
The chicane at the exit of the tunnel, between Turn 9 and 11, was also modified to create a lap that is only five meters shorter than the full Formula 1 track.
The co-founder of Formula E and director of the championship, Alberto Longo, stated in this regard: “To see Formula E race around the longer version of the most historic racing circuit in the world will mark another great milestone for Formula E.
“In many ways, this circuit is made for Formula E – it’s a fast and narrow street circuit, which will see plenty of opportunities for overtaking and will really test driver’s energy management with sharp inclines and high-speed sections.”
The position of the FIA
FIA President Jean Todt stated that the Formula E circuit in Monaco would not be identical to the Formula 1 track in order to avoid comparisons between the two categories.
“I’m glad to see the FIA Formula E World Championship back in the Principality. It is in the series’ DNA to compete on streets circuits and Monaco is one of the most iconic tracks in the world,” he said.
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“This discipline has its own identity, that’s why, together with Formula E and the ACM, we’ve designed a bespoke layout which suits its particularities.”
As a result of the pandemic, the events of the historic Monaco GP, the E-Prix and the Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place five weeks apart. Previously, the historic GP and the Formula E event alternated every two years.
Christian Tornatore, General Commissioner of the ACM, said: “Organising three races in the space of one month will be a premiere for us all at ACM. The logistical side was complex, but not impossible to manage!
“Because of the new constraints, we shall need to start setting up the track earlier than usual, at the end of February, instead of 15 March. We will then integrate the technical aspects, on and around the track, required by every category that will be involved,” he concluded.
Written by I Jhonattan González