Munich. Following Jake Dennis’ (GBR) victory in the Sunday race at Valencia (ESP), the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team travels to Monaco (MON) and race seven of this season’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with the wind in its sails. Thanks to the 29 points he scored at Valencia, Dennis now lies eighth in the Drivers’ Championship. BMW i Andretti Motorsport is seventh in the Team competition. For the first time, Formula E will use large stretches of the Mediterranean principality street circuit that has been made famous by Formula 1. Maximilian Günther (GER) will be contesting his first race in his new adopted home. In our preview, we provide you with the crucial facts and key factors for a successful Monaco E-Prix.
TRACK FACTS MONACO.
3.318 km, clockwise.
19 – of which 7 are left turns, 12 are right turns.
Undulating. More bumps than at Valencia, but not as many as in Rome.
Good for a street circuit. Disadvantages for early qualifying groups are greater than in Valencia, but not as big as in Rome.
The long layout, also used by Formula 1, for the first time. Slight modifications for Formula E in T1 and the harbour chicane. Steep uphill from T1 to T4, downhill from T4 to T9. Change in elevation of 42 metres. Mix of fast, medium-fast and slow corners. High-speed compared to other street circuits.
On the outside of T4.
Analogue Formula 1 pit lane.
Very difficult. Narrow circuit, and energy management less critical than at Valencia, for example. Best opportunity: T10 after the tunnel.
Increased risk on narrow street circuit.
Qualifying performance, balance over kerbs.
Quotes ahead of the Monaco E-Prix:
Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):
“The BMW i Andretti Motorsport team heads to Monaco on a high after the win at Valencia. After that result we are eager to score more points and taste success. It will definitely be exciting to see the Formula E cars running on the full Monaco circuit featuring all its famous sights. Qualifying will be key and with our drivers in group two and group four, we stand a strong chance of good start positions. There are many unknowns about this track, especially regarding energy management during the race. Monaco always manages to bring an element of anticipation and mystique so we are sure the race will be exciting and we look forward to a strong result for both drivers and the team.”
Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21):
“I have been watching races in Monaco since I was a child. To now be able to go racing there myself is something very special. I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully, we will be able to get a similar result there to my victory at Valencia last time out.”
Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21):
“The anticipation ahead of my home race is huge. Monaco is of very special significance to every racing driver. Being able to sleep in my own bed this time makes it all the more special. The circuit has a lot of challenging and iconic corners, but we feel well prepared for them. It is definitely going to be a great show.”
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FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes receive an extra 100 kJ of power, which they can make use of during a brief time frame in the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite driver in the four days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into, each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are two ways to vote: Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/ or via the official Formula E App