Hitting the Apex: Monaco E-Prix

Formula E hits the streets of Monaco! ATRL’s Eline Luna previews the Circuit de Monaco.

Eline Luna

April 27, 2024

Formula E’s Season 10 enters its halfway point as the series travels to Circuit de Monaco for round 8 of 16. This weekend will be the last time this season Formula E has a single race as all four upcoming weekends will be doubleheaders. This weekend is also the only round where all sessions take place on the same day, unlike others where FP1 is on the Friday. This means it is vital for drivers to not make any costly mistakes as there is only an hour between FP2 and Qualifying. 

Jake Hughes, NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, e-4ORCE 04 leads Sacha Fenestraz, Nissan Formula E Team, Nissan e-4ORCE 04 (©Sam Bagnall/FIA Formula E)

Formula E has raced on the streets of Monaco since its inaugural season, but the E-Prix was raced on a shortened circuit and only hosted every other year. Since 2021 Monaco has been a permanent fixture on the Formula E calendar, and the series has also raced on the full layout since. In 2021 the Nouvelle Chicane was slightly altered, but since 2022 the series has raced on the exact same layout as Formula 1. 

 

Formula E at Monaco is always a spectacle, and this year’s race is likely to produce the same.  The track has proved spectacular with the Gen 3 cars, as last year the race saw over 100 overtakes.

 

What to look out for?

The Misano E-Prix earlier this month saw two major heartbreaks. Porsche’s António Félix da Costa took victory during the 1st race after starting from 13th. However, he was disqualified as the throttle damper spring on his car was not found in conformity with one of the declared items. Porsche will be appealing this decision as they believe teams weren’t notified of this change. But for now, Nissan’s Oliver Rowland inherits the win.

Norman Nato, Nissan Formula E Team, Nissan e-4ORCE 04 (©LAT Images/FIA Formula E)

Rowland was a protagonist in the second race of the weekend too, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. After a streak of four podiums, Rowland looked set to sweep the weekend as he led onto the last lap. Unfortunately, a technical issue that already occurred during the start of the race meant his car stalled on the final lap of the race, dropping him outside of the point.

 

Rowland is currently third in the championship and only nine points behind Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein and Andretti’s Jake Dennis who are both at 89 points. Last year’s winner at Monaco, Nick Cassidy is fourth in the championship at 76 points. 

Nick Cassidy, Envision Racing, 1st position, 2023 (©Charly Lopez/FIA Formula E)

All of these drivers are sure to take a shot at the win this weekend and take the next step in their championship challenge. As always with Monaco, qualifying will be more important than at Misano, but starting from pole isn’t vital as Nick Cassidy proved last year. He took victory in front of Mitch Evans and Jake Dennis after starting from ninth.

 

Track Layout:

Past Winners

2023: Nick Cassidy

2022: Stoffel Vandoorne

2021: António Félix da Costa

Race Info:

  • Race Length: 29 Laps
  • Turns: 19
  • Attack Mode Place: T12
  • Attack Mode: 8 Minutes
  • Track Length: 3.337 km

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eline follows a variety of motorsports from Formula E to IMSA to Nascar to WEC. They hope to study Mechanical Engineering to work in motorsports one day.

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