The Monaco Circuit was mastered by Stoffel Vandoorne. The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team driver had an impeccable strategy that, despite the difficulties of losing his Attack Mode due to the Safety Car exit, helped him to win one of the most eagerly awaited E-Prix.
“I’m very excited, as I’ve been fighting very well all year. I had achieved poles, but not the victory. Today I was focused on getting the win and not the pole, and I got it,” said a satisfied Vandoorne shortly after the yachts around the circuit had sounded their horns.
Mitch Evans, who started from pole position, extending his good run after winning the double date in Rome on April 9-10, took second place.
At the end of the race, Evans noted that trying to save energy worked against his plans to take the podium. “We wanted to repeat what we achieved in the last two days, but second place is not bad at all.”
The lowest spot on the podium went to Jean-Éric Vergne, who was unchanged from his starting position.
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The first ten minutes of the race in the narrow streets of Monaco were completely normal, with no overtaking at the front of the grid. A lot of caution for the attack mode, which was used for the first time by Nick Cassidy. He was only able to move up one place starting from position 18 with the additional power activated, although he finally managed to score from sixth place.
While Wehrlein was stalking Evans with 31 minutes to go, at least six drivers in the middle of the field went into attack mode, with Antonio Felix da Costa making his way into the points.
After 20 minutes of racing, Wehrlein and Vergne took control of the race, alternating the first place, now with Evans in third place. Once the effects of the attack mode had subsided, Pascal Wehrlein was left in control of the race.
But bad luck would come for Pascal, with a mechanical failure that relegated him from the race, generating the waving of the yellow flags.
Once the race was back to normal, Vandoorne, Evans and Vergne made up the podium. The first of them would be unlucky, because just when he activated his attack mode, the safety car had to appear. Mitch, who was looking for the lead, had not yet used his extra power. There were 8 minutes to go.
There were no changes until the end. Evans activated his Attack Mode, but it was not enough to reach the top, dominated by the Belgian of Mercedes-EQ.
Below, you can find out how the Formula E leaderboard ended up after the Monaco race.
The 1-2 achieved by the Tah Heuer Porsche Formula E Team drivers in Mexico was in stark contrast in Monaco. After Wehrlein’s departure due to mechanical failure, André Lotterer impacted in a corner, ending the aspirations of the team that hoped to be at the top.
Next Formula E stop
Berlin, Germany, will be the next destination for the Formula E World Championship 2022. During May 14 and 15, the competition will arrive at Tempelhof Airport for rounds 7 and 8, a regular destination for the series.
Written by | Osward Rubio