Formula E: What the drivers said ahead of the Monaco E-Prix

Formula E: What the drivers said ahead of the Monaco E-Prix

Formula E’s taking to the full, historic Monaco circuit this weekend (May 8) for the 2021 Monaco E-Prix, and there’s a grid full of drivers that can’t wait to get out onto ‘the most famous race track – maybe the most famous sporting venue – in the world’.

Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ): “The atmosphere you get around the place is really incredible and it’s a special race-track. Monaco is always a special event, and this year we are using a new track layout, as we will be driving on the full circuit. This should make the energy management more balanced and the racing more exciting because there are better overtaking opportunities. I’m really looking forward to that. The longer track simply suits Formula E better.”

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH): “It’s going to be extremely exciting racing the full circuit and I can’t wait – it should be a lot of fun. I’m very excited. Monaco is Monaco, you know. It’s just magic.”

Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler): “Monaco is my home race and the circuit is just a few hundred metres away from my house so it’s going to be pretty cool. The circuit is well suited to Formula E. We’re going to see an amazing race with a lot of overtakes and I’m really looking forward to driving it. With the long version of the circuit, we now drive past all of the iconic places. It will be a great experience for us as racing drivers and the scenes will also be fantastic for all of the spectators watching on TV. To race near my home, where I go jogging or shopping every day, is very special.”

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams): “Every driver dreams of racing in Monaco at some point in their career. We have a pretty good history so far there. I won in Season 1 and Season 3 and had two pole positions. The short track was getting a bit to small for the 24 Formula E cars and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to try the new layout.”

Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing): “The history, the glitz and the glamour of the place make it, and it’s a fun circuit to drive flat-out. The full circuit is something I’ve been excited about for a long time. I’ve had some great results there in the past, winning there in the World Series by Renault and in GP2 so maybe I can do it again here! The track is something as a racing driver you never tire of. I can’t wait to return to the Monte Carlo streets and to be racing for the first time in Formula E history on the full layout is a big moment for the sport.”

Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing): “It’s very iconic and very glamourous. It’s the home racing track for our team and this will motivate us even more to try and get a good result here – it’s going to feel even better and even more important. It’s fantastic to have the chance to go racing there.

Oliver Turvey (NIO 333): “It’s always special to race in Monaco, this year I can’t wait to be able to race NIO 333 Formula E car on the full circuit! Having won on the traditional layout previously, I have very fond memories of these iconic streets. After an encouraging weekend in Valencia with two strong races, I am aiming to continue this momentum into Monaco to fight for Super Pole again and more points for the team.”

Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing): “I’ve been there a couple of times in other series and I have a record of never seeing the chequered flag in Monaco so far. Hopefully I’ll be able to see it this time! Driving through the tunnel will be an experience for everybody and you have the overtaking opportunity down into the chicane. For the racing, this traditional layout is definitely better.”

Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team): “It’s the first time we’re running the whole track and that’ll be really thrilling and exciting. We don’t have a lot of grip in these cars so, we’ll see a lot of sliding and it will be a spectacle. I can’t wait to go there and feel the atmosphere. I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to race in a place like Monaco and it’s kind of a home race for me because I live there. I’ve raced before in GP2 and Formula 1 and I’ve won there in the past. Let’s see what we can do in Formula E.

Tom Blomqvist (NIO 333): “Monaco itself doesn’t need any introduction! It’s pretty awesome that Formula E is racing on the full circuit. I have never raced there myself so that’s going to be really exciting. The team had a good result in Valencia with Oliver; I had a troubled weekend in terms of the races, so hopefully we’ve learned what went on there and we can have a solid weekend in Monte Carlo. That’s the main goal. It’s going to be a cool weekend, a cool experience racing on the full track – it’s going to be fun!”

Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler): “The atmosphere in Monaco is incomparable. I drove in the Porsche Supercup there five times during Formula 1 weekends and won twice. Even as a child in front of the TV, Monaco was the highlight of the year for me. Now, it’s one of my favorite race tracks.”

Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport): “I have been watching races in Monaco since I was a kid. 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 Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport): “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.”

Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing): “Next up is the iconic race track of Monaco, and this time we will be racing the full track which is quite a statement for Formula E. As drivers in Formula E we know that this championship has extremely tough levels of competition, brilliant teams, top level drivers and manufacturers – but competing on the full Monaco track really does add to the credibility of Formula E as a championship. There are a lot of unique challenges for the Monaco track but perhaps the biggest challenge will be the elevation and the sequence of tight and twisty turns – 5, 6, 7, 8, the hairpin – is pretty mad.”

Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing): “Monaco is a real challenge because it’s very technical, even as a street circuit. I really like the circuit and have got some good results there in the past; it’s that race that you want to win but, in the same token, it’s worth exactly the same amount of points as every other race, so you need to drive the race and not the occasion.”