Sebastien Buemi staved off enormous
pressure from Lucas di Grassi to claim his fourth FIA Formula E Championship
win of the season in Monaco. He now extends his points lead to 15. While di
Grassi had to be content with 2nd, third to come in was Mahindra
Racing driver Nick Heidfeld who had a relatively lonely run to third place. It
was his first podium finish since the season-opener in Hong Kong back in
Heidfeld said, “It’s good to
be back on the podium especially as we have been unlucky in the past two races.
I tried to go through the start in my head and I knew there might be a train on
one side and this could be a chance to overtake a lot of cars and obviously, we
know from two years ago how it can pan out in Turn 2 with cars flying over each
other, so it was very important to get clear to get back into the line and it
worked very well and I managed to take three cars there. We’d discussed a lot
about strategy and I said we just follow Lucas and that’s what we did and it
was a good strategy!”
Nick’s teammate, Felix
Rosenqvist came in 6th. Overall, it was a good race for Mahindra
From his first Julius Baer
pole position of the season, Buemi made a perfect start and soon established a
comfortable lead over his title rival, who in turn was easing away from Nelson
Piquet Jr. in third.
The NextEV NIO driver had no
such luxury, as the TECHEETAH of Jean-Eric Vergne was swarming all over him.
The Frenchman was clearly anxious to make a move and stop the front two from
getting away, and in his desperation, he tried an ambitious move around the
outside of the Turn 3 hairpin.
The cars were completely
side-by-side and as they banged wheels Vergne was sent crashing into the
Tech-Pro barriers. Remarkably Piquet survived having only lost third place to
the Mahindra of Nick Heidfeld, but Vergne’s car was heavily damaged and the
Qualcomm Safety Car was deployed as it was recovered.
The advances in Formula E
technology mean that not only are the cars faster this year than they were in
season one when the first Monaco ePrix was held, the races are now
significantly longer. Indeed, the race in Monaco was a full four laps longer
than the 47 it was run over first time around.
There’s now just a single week until the FIA
Formula E Championship returns with the Qatar Airways Paris ePrix on May 20.
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