Formula E – Monaco 2022: Vandoorne and Mercedes shine at Rock

Stoffel Vandoorne benefited from a good strategy and racing facts that turned in his favor and allowed him to impose his Mercedes in the Principality. He took the lead in the Drivers classification, while the star company consolidated its lead on the Constructors side.

Formula E is a strategy game of patience and energy. He started in fourth position on the starting grid, Stoffel Vandoorne waited wisely behind the top three to save his energy and use it at the right time. Unlike Formula 1, in Monaco overtaking and changes of leader are very numerous when it comes to electric single-seaters. And while the first part of the race was animated by poleman Mitch Evans (Jaguar), but also Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), the Belgian rider chose not to attack right away.

“When I saw that Mitch Evans and Pascal Wehrlein weren’t trying to escape, I decided to stay in ambush instead of attacking », explains Stoffel Vandoorne. “Still, they quickly picked up their two attack modes, but I stayed in touch while preserving my batteries. After the various breakdowns or accidents, when I took charge of the race, I still had an attack mode to try to secure, and it happened. I am particularly happy to have won Monaco, where I already won in F2 seven years ago. Winning here is always something special. »

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The misfortune of some…

In the first part of the race, to find action you had to look a little further back, when Edoardo Mortara was doing the work of registering his Venturi near the top 5 when he dropped 16º, or when André Lotterer animated the top of the pack with the second Porsche. But after 25 minutes of debate, everything changed in less than five minutes. First following the leader’s technical problem, Pascal Wehrlein, who had to give up at 16º turn downhill after Place du Casino. Then it was the turn of his teammate André Lotterer, who was somewhat stuck on a safety rail by Rowland’s Mahindra at the bottom of the Sainte-Dévote climb.

It is precisely this accident, after having generated a Full Course Yellow procedure followed by the intervention of the safety car, which allowed Vandoorne to be better equipped with energy on the restart and get rid of Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans. Leading positions will no longer evolve until the checkered flag: Vandoorne will cross the finish line as the winner, ahead of Evans, a good second, and Vergne, who occupies the third place on the podium of this 5º Monaco E-Prix (6º race of the season), the 2ndº on the Principality’s main circuit. Notice thatEvans is still doing well after his two wins in Rome three weeks ago. With just one point from three races, he is now third in the Drivers’ standings. The New Zealand driver would have tried to attack Vandoorne in the closing laps, but his team asked him to guarantee. A scenario similar to last year, when the first place was occupied by Antonio Felix Da Costa’s DS Techeetah. Jean-Eric Vergne, who arrived as the leader in Monaco, leaves second in the championship.

On the manufacturer’s side, Mercedes is still the leader, but DS Techeetah makes a good deal with Vergne’s podium and 5thº Coast Square. Major points that allow team French-Chinese just 15 points behind Mercedes. An interesting statistic: Vergne is the only driver to score points in every race, reaching the podium three times. A regularity that could end up paying off.

With Evans in second place, Jaguar Racing is in third, ahead of Evision Racing and Venturi, who missed a big opportunity for their home race due to a mistake by Lucas Di Grassi. 5º at the beginning and 6º on arrival, the Brazilian driver participated in the retirement of his teammate Edoardo Mortarapushing it a few laps from the end.

The next two E-Prix will take place on the 14th and 15th of May in Berlin (Germany). They will be considered as two independent races, with riders running on one side of the track on Saturday and then on the other on Sunday. As a result, competitors will benefit from a two-set tire allowance (8 Michelin Pilot sport EV tires specially developed for the discipline) per race. Which is welcome because the terrain at the historic Tempelhof airport is the roughest and most aggressive of the season!

Monaco E-Prix:

1 – Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ FORMULA AND TEAM)

2 – Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing)

3 – Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah)

4 – Robin Frijns (Envision Racing)

5 – Antonio Félix Da Costa (DS Techeetah)

6 – Lucas Di Grassi (Rokit Venturi Racing)

7 – Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing)

8 – Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams)

9 – Jake Dennis (Andretti Avalanche)

10 – Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FORMULA AND TEAM)

Drivers ranking (top 10)

  1. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ FORMULA AND TEAM). 81 points
  2. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) 75
  3. Mitch Evans (JaguarTCS Racing) 72
  4. Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) 71
  5. Edoardo Mortara (Rokit Venturi Racing) 49
  6. Andre Lotterer (Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) 42
  7. Pascal Wehrlein (Team Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E) 39
  8. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FORMULA AND TEAM) 37
  9. Lucas Di Grassi (Rokit Venturi Racing)
  10. Antonio Félix Da Costa (DS Techeetah) 43

Manufacturer rating

  1. TEAM Mercedes-EQ FORMULA E, 120 Points
  2. DS Techeetah 105
  3. Jaguar TCS Racing 94
  4. Envision Racing 87
  5. Rokit Venturi Racing 86
  6. Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team 85
  7. Andretti Avalanche 30
  8. Nissan e.dams 12
  9. NIO 333 7
  10. Mahindra 4

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