ICONIC STREETS OF MONACO E-PRIX
The most historic streets circuit in motorsport for the E-Prix Round 7.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship makes its fourth season in visiting Monaco this weekend, for Round 7, on Saturday, May 8. All 12 teams and 24 drivers are all ready to take action on the new Circuit de Monaco track layout that has been revealed by Formula E, FIA, and the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) on April 16.
For the first time in championship history, all the electric cars will ascend to the hill after the first turn at Sainte Devote and completing a new section for Formula E, including famous corners around Casino Square, Mirabeau, the Grand Hotel Hairpin, and Portier. What’s more, the LED lights on the halo will also illuminate as the cars make their way through the famous Monaco tunnel.
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The improvements in the car performance and range made throughout the Gen 2 era has allowed Formula E to return to the Monaco E-Prix with a longer circuit layout. Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer Formula E, said, “To see Formula E race around the longer version of the most historic racing circuit in the world will mark another great milestone for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”
“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 actions.”
“The FIA and the ACM are allowing us to race around corners steeped in motorsport tradition and we are honored that Formula E will be creating its own history on May 8.”
Former champion, Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) both have earned the winner trophy from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, with Buemi being the most successful driver of the Monaco streets in Formula E, with two victories in 2014/15 and 2016/17, and Vergne having one victory in 2018/19. Following with five different winners in the previous six races, there’s no predicting who will master the wondrous street circuit of Monaco this Saturday.
“Every driver dreams of racing in Monaco at some point in their career,” says Buemi. “We have a pretty good history so far there. I won in Season 1 and Season 3 and have had two pole positions. The short track was getting a bit too small for the 24 Formula E cars and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to try the new layout.”
Round 7 – Monaco E-Prix of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E will be held on Saturday, May 8 at 16:00 CEST.