"And we go green in Monaco"
Formula E returned for its sixth season of racing in Monaco. Although the cars have always been a fantastic fit for the Monegasque streets, it was the first time the GEN3 cars got their turn on the iconic circuit - one year on from it being revealed to the world at the yacht club in Monte Carlo!
Who says that you can't overtake in Monaco? Look at all that side-by-side action!!! #MonacoEPrix— Kimi Martinez #JB17 (@KimiMtz17) May 6, 2023
Good start, bad start
Up and down the grid, drivers had mixed starts. It was a great few opening laps for the Mahindra Racing of Oliver Rowland, who made eight overtakes in the opening stages. The TAG Heuer Porsche of Antonio Felix da Costa also made the same amount of moves, with Cassidy just behind on seven overtakes. It was a disastrous start for the Avalanche Andretti of Andre Lotterer who was out of the race just moments into the race after making contact with a wall.
NICK CASSIDY WHAT AN OVERTAKE OH MY GOD THIS IS ACTUALLY REALLY COOL #MonacoEPrix— Ronak (@ronaaaaaak) May 6, 2023
Crash for @Andre_Lotterer. The @AndrettiFE driver sustained front wing damage and has retired from the race. Yellow flags only since Lotterer was able to stop the car behind the barriers.#ABBFormulaE #MonacoEPrix pic.twitter.com/JQStPymocG— Peter Leung (@BaronVonClutch) May 6, 2023
The battle up at the front was AWESOME
With Cassidy, Mitch Evans (TCS Jaguar Racing) and Jake Dennis (Andretti) all fighting for the win, it made for some brilliant viewing. All three drivers have won at least one race so far this season, and were all looking to get their first Formula E win around the crown jewel that is Monaco. Who would come out on top? Only time would tell.
FIAFormulaE: Tackling those ICONIC Monaco corners from a tyre-eye view 👀— Chris Bachmann (@Chris_Bachmann) May 11, 2023
In a #MonacoEPrix that saw 116 overtakes, watch some of the best unfold in our latest Grip Gallery presented by @Hankook_Sport pic.twitter.com/uuc8NxFP5Q
Too close for comfort!
As the race progressed, several drivers had very close calls. The NIO 333 of Dan Ticktum made contact and got a piece of the front wing stuck under his front-right, however managed to get it to break off later on in the lap. In all the drama, the Maserati MSG Racing of Maximilian Guenther ploughed into the back of Ticktum going up Beau Rivage!
Sam Bird (Jaguar) also made contact with Nico Mueller (ABT CUPRA) in the final laps, meaning the race finished under Safety Car.
Nico Muller crashed after contact with Sam Bird, so safety car is out and Nick Cassidy takes his second consecutive win! Outstanding drive on the streets of Monaco to make it up front ninth. Cassidy now leads the championship! Formula E delivers again. 👏 #FormulaE #MonacoEPrix— Archie (@archieoreilly_) May 6, 2023
Aaaand safety car to end the race. That's gonna be 4 Kiwi driver wins in a row, 2 for Evans and then 2 for Cassidy#MonacoEPrix— Mary (@ItsMaryWork) May 6, 2023
Cassidy takes the W and the championship lead
No struggles here!
One honourable mention has to go to the fact Jake Dennis got to meet admin of the famous 'Jake Dennis struggles' Twitter account. We love to see it.