|2022 Monaco E-Prix|
FE finally used the full Circuit de Monaco in 2022.
|Date||30 April 2022|
|E-Prix No.||90 (6 of 2021/22)|
|Official Name||2022 ABB Formula E Monaco E-Prix|
|Location|| Circuit de Monaco|
Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Format||45 min + 1 lap|
|Lap length||3.337 km (2.074 mi)|
|Distance||30 laps / 100.110 km (62.205 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Mitch Evans|
|Team||Jaguar TCS Racing|
|Fastest Lap||1:32.707 on lap 22|
|Stoffel Vandoorne||Mitch Evans||Jean-Éric Vergne|
|Winner Team||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team|
|2022 Rome E-Prix II||2022 Berlin E-Prix I|
The 2022 Monaco E-Prix, formally known as the 2022 ABB Formula E Monaco E-Prix, was the sixth round of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 30 April 2022. The race would be the first E-Prix to be held on the full Circuit de Monaco Grand Prix layout, after several seasons using alternate versions of the legendary street circuit.
Qualifying would see Mitch Evans sweep to pole position, defeating Pascal Wehrlein in the Final with a 1:29.839, the fastest time of the weekend. Evans had already beaten Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Éric Vergne en-route to the final, while Wehrlein defeated teammate André Lotterer and Stoffel Vandoorne on his run.
It was formation flying at the start of the race, with Evans darting into the lead on the inside of Sainte Devote, with Wehrlein moving across to tuck in front of Vergne and Vandoorne. Behind it was a fairly tame start, with the only incident of note in the first corner being Robin Frijns having to take avoiding action and cutting the corner.
With that the race soon settled amongst the leaders, with Wehrlein content to sit behind Evans, while Vergne and Vandoorne likewise stalked the lead duo. Behind there was similarly very little change, although António Félix da Costa would make some early progress by climbing to eleventh.
Indeed, it was only drivers began taking Attack Mode that the order began to shift, with Evans and Wehrlein initially breaking clear, before the German launched an abortive move for the lead. That lunge put Vergne and Vandoorne right onto their tail, with Vergne subsequently the first to gamble on AM and drop to fifth behind di Grassi, although he would almost instantly reclaim fourth from the Brazilian at the Nouvelle Chicane.
Evans' turn came next with Vandoorne in tow, dropping them behind Vergne and di Grassi, while Wehrlein assumed the lead with the #25 DS Techeetah. Wehrlein then tried to break clear and take AM on the next tour without losing the lead, but would ultimately fall back behind both Vergne and Evans when he did so.
Wehrlein would, however, have the advantage of AM when he rejoined, and duly slotted past Evans with Vandoorne chasing him. A measured lunge on Vergne then handed the #94 Porsche the lead as the race approached half-distance, only for the German pilot to suffer a rear left failure through Mirabeau and end his race.
A Full Course Yellow was thrown to allow Wehrlein to be pushed clear, although there was barely a full racing lap before the Safety Car was called upon, this time to retrieve the sister car of Lotterer. Indeed, the #36 Porsche had been removed from contention by a wild Oliver Rowland at Sainte Devote, the #30 Mahindra having elbowed Lotterer into the wall while lunging past for seventh.
In the meantime Vandoorne had shuffled into the lead of the race, and would duly dart clear at the restart to secure the lead ahead of Evans. Evans still had to take Attack Mode for a second time, although he was instead focused on keeping Vergne, di Grassi, da Costa and a charging Frijns at bay as the race entered its final throes.
Indeed, the race effectively over as soon as Evans' AM boost ended with the #9 Jaguar still over a second behind Vandoorne, who duly swept across the line to claim a controlled victory. Evans claimed second having broken clear of Vergne, while Frijns battled with the Frenchman and da Costa to secure fourth ahead of the #13 DS Techeetah. di Grassi was next up ahead of a late charge from Nick Cassidy, while Sébastien Buemi rose from the back of the grid to finish in eighth ahead of Jake Dennis and Nyck de Vries.
Three weeks after the double headed round in Rome the 2021/22 Formula E field would arrive at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, for the now yearly edition of the Monaco E-Prix. However, the fifth Monaco E-Prix would be no less historic, for the FIA, Formula E and the Automobile Club Monaco (ACM) would announce that FE would use the full Circuit de Monaco for the first time, having used a slightly revised version in 2021. Indeed, with the Nouvelle Chicane restored to match the version used in the Monaco Grand Prix, the race would mark the first time that FE had used an identical circuit to the modern era of Formula One, something which both the Series and the FIA had avoided in previous years.
Ahead of the Monaco E-Prix it was announced that Nissan had taken over control of the e.Dams entry completely, having bought out DAMS' shares in the team after the race in Rome. Operationally there would be minimal change, with the entry remaining as Nissan e.Dams and DAMS' technical staff remaining in the team and running the cars, although the general manager of Nissan's FE programme, Tommaso Volpe, would take the same role at e.Dams. Yet, the move would be heralded by both Nissan and FE, with the Japanese brand further reinforcing its commitment to the series ahead of the Generation 3 era beginning in 2022/23 after the Series had lost three manufacturers in the previous 18 months.
A New Model: Gen 3
On the eve of the Monaco E-Prix FE would unveil the base chassis for the Generation 3 ruleset, constructed by Spark Racing Technologies who had also designed and constructed the Spark-Renault SRT 01E and Spark SRT05e, the Series' previous two chassis. Focused on improving efficiency, the new car would be smaller than its predecessors in every dimension, weight 60 kg less, and feature front and rear axle regeneration meaning 40% of the total output would be harvested. The design itself was more angular than previous models, with the top surface of the car forming a triangle from the side of the cockpit to the tip of the nose, while a jet-fighter-esque tail above the rear crash structure.
Second place in the second battle of Rome had left Jean-Éric Vergne at the head of the Championship table a third of the way into the season, the Frenchman having claimed 60 points in the first five races. Robin Frijns, also still yet to win a race in 2021/22, had moved up to second and was just two off the lead, with Stoffel Vandoorne likewise winless but completing the top three on 56 points. Mitch Evans, the season's first double winner, was up to fourth on 51, two ahead of former leader Edoardo Mortara, while Oliver Turvey and Dan Ticktum had registered their first points of the campaign.
In the Teams' Championship Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team would leave Rome at the head of the field, the German squad having moved onto 94 points after Vandoorne's fifth place. Porsche Formula E Team, meanwhile, had climbed to second despite failing to really threaten the podium at all in Rome, with DS Techeetah up to third courtesy of Vergne' efforts. ROKiT Venturi and Jaguar Racing then completed the top five, while the NIO 333 FE Team had moved ahead of Mahindra Racing to leave Dragon/Penske as the only pointless team.
The full entry list for the 2022 Monaco E-Prix is displayed below:
Qualifying for the 2022 Monaco E-Prix would be conducted according to the knockout format, introduced ahead of season eight. The field would be split into two groups of eleven drivers, based on Championship position, with each group then getting ten minutes on track to complete as many laps as they wished at 220 kW. The fastest eight overall would then proceed to the knockout phase, now running at the maximum 250 kW qualifying mode, with the fastest from group A against the fourth fastest from group B and so on, until four drivers were left.
Those four would move on to the Semi-Final, with the winner of A1/B4 taking on the victor of A2/B3, while the triumphant driver of A3/B2 would take on A4/B1's winner. The winners from those duels would then go into the final, with the winner of that duel taking pole, while the runner-up would start from second, before any grid penalties were applied.
Dan Ticktum was the first driver to leave the pitlane as Group A's twelve minute session got underway, with Sébastien Buemi following the #33 NIO out onto the circuit. The rest of the eleven drivers would follow out within the first 90 seconds, with Jean-Éric Vergne and Sérgio Sette Câmara the last out of the pitlane just before Ticktum came around to complete his out lap. However, the British racer would not opt to go straight onto a flying lap, with the group split between pushing right away or deciding to complete a warm-up lap, although Lucas di Grassi would abandon a hot lap after the first sector.
Nick Cassidy, midway through the field, would be the first driver to deliver a flying lap, the New Zealander recording a 1:32.009 to start the session proper with his first lap. Stoffel Vandoorne, Pascal Wehrlein and Sam Bird also opted to complete flying laps without a warm-up, all going ahead of Cassidy, before Vergne completed his run to go fastest with a 1:31.923 with Sette Câmara following him around to sixth. Lucas di Grassi, meanwhile, was off kilter compared to the rest and set a 1:31.968 to go second fastest, just as the field began to enter the pitlane for fresh tyres.
The majority of the Group would opt to change all four tyres, although Ticktum gambled only taking new rear tyres in a bid to preserve the heat in his fronts. The #33 NIO duly led the field back out onto the circuit, with Vergne in tow, while Vandoorne, Buemi, Bird and di Grassi were all in a clump behind the #25 DS Techeetah before spreading out over the course of their outlaps. Indeed, everyone would be forced to go straight into flying laps after their outlaps for their second runs, with Wehrlein the last in the line to start his lap having crossed the line with a couple of seconds to spare.
Ticktum was first across the line after a clean run, sneaking into seconds before Vergne improved to a 1:31.533 to enhance his advantage at the top with the fastest second sector. Vandoorne then hit the top of the chart with a 1:31.326, Bird went third before instantly being dumped to fourth by di Grassi, while Wehrlein claimed second with the final flying lap of the session as Cassidy threw away his last effort by sliding wide at Sainte Devote. Vandoorne would hence go through to the Knockouts as the fastest driver from Group A, joined by Wehrlein, Vergne and di Grassi.
Oliver Askew ventured out of the pitlane first as Group B were cleared to join the circuit, with the rest of the group heading out over the next two minutes, André Lotterer the last to go as Askew came to complete his out-lap. Askew went on to try and complete a flying lap straight away, although he caught Alexander Sims at Mirabeau and had to abort, although the #29 Mahindra would not be penalised for the incident. Elsewhere, Mitch Evans would manage to find some space to complete the first flying lap of the Group, a 1:31.887, with Nyck de Vries in tow, before a number of huge individual sectors further shuffled the order.
Indeed, Jake Dennis would briefly head the pack, followed by António Félix da Costa who was just 0.001s slower than the #27 Avalanche Andretti. Lotterer then hit top spot with a 1:31.682, before a huge second sector carried Robin Frijns to the front with a 1:31.405 to conclude the first runs before the field swept into the pits. Once again, the pitstops would see the majority of the drivers decide to swap all four tyres, with Oliver Turvey first out with four minutes to go, the rest leaving in one great heep.
The second runs saw very little improvement, with Turvey remaining tenth after his second run before Sims slotted into a disappointed eighth, having failed to improve in any of the sectors. da Costa, meanwhile, would complete a strong second sector to go second fastest, followed by a non-improving Frijns, who subsequently lost top spot to de Vries as the Dutchman recorded a 1:31.271, only to be toppled by Evans a few seconds later as the New Zealander set a 1:31.245. Oliver Rowland then grabbed fourth before being knocked out of the top four by Lotterer, with the final quartet progressing to the knockouts being Evans, de Vries, Lotterer and Frijns.
A five minute cooldown period was staged after the conclusion of Group B to allow those drivers to reset, with no alterations to the cars, barring a switch to the full 250 kW mode, being made.
Quarter Final 1 saw Frijns head out first before Vandoorne, with the Dutchman delivering the first blow in the first sector as Vandoorne battled a wobble into Massanet that cost him a tenth of a second. Yet, the Belgian pilot rallied back in the second sector, gaining three tenths on Frijns that ultimately carried him to victory with a 1:30.293 to Frijns' 1:30.451. Next up were the two Porsches of Lotterer and Wehrlein, the elder pilot going first, with their duel seeing Wehrlein record a 1:30.096 to Lotterer's 1:30.366, the #36 Porsche's main timeloss coming via a slide in Casino Square.
Vergne led de Vries out for the third Quarter Final of the session, although would strike the first blow in the duel with a faster first sector, de Vries having a slide exiting Casino Square that cost him a tenth. Another slide for the #17 Mercedes at Portier ultimately settled the duel, with Vergne's 1:30.421 over half a second quicker than de Vries' run after his mistake. The final Quarter Final then saw Evans sweep to the final spot in the Semi-Finals, defeating di Grassi with a run that showed the #9 Jaguar was perfectly balanced en-route to a 1:30.053.
The first Semi-Final saw Vandoorne take to the circuit first before Wehrlein, with the pair separated by just 0.07s in Wehrlein's favour by the end of the opening sector, largely found through Sainte Devote despite a brush with the wall for the #94 Porsche. Another few hundredths for Wehrlein in the second sector would then prove decisive, the German pilot recording a 1:30.065, while a slide for Vandoorne in the Swimming Pool section left him on a 1:30.243.
Semi-Final two would see Vergne venture out before Evans, and despite losing a tenth in Sainte Devote the Frenchman would trail the New Zealander by just 0.08s by the end of the first sector. An ultra clean second sector then seemed to swing the duel in Vergne's favour, the #25 DS Techeetah finding two tenths over the #9 Jaguar, before another two tenth swing in the final sector put the duel back in Evans' favour, a 1:30.001 compared to a 1:30.118. Evans hence progressed to the final, while that effort from Vergne handed the Frenchman third ahead of Vandoorne.
Wehrlein was first to go in the Final due to his time in the Semi-Final, with the #94 Porsche almost brushing the wall again at Sainte Devote, although it was Evans' better run through Massanet that left the New Zealander a tenth up at the end of the first sector. Evans then found another tenth in the second sector, before the duel was effectively settled by a slight lock-up for Wehrlein at Rascasse, just as the #94 Porsche had begun to close the gap back to the #9 Jaguar. His 1:30.096 was hence not good enough to deny Evans pole position, with the New Zealander's 1:29.839 not only enough for pole, but was also the best time of the weekend.
The final qualifying result for the 2022 Monaco E-Prix are outlined below:
|2022 Monaco E-Prix Qualifying Results|
|I||Win||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:29.839||—||1|
|Lose||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:30.096||+0.257s||2|
|I||Win||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:30.065||—||F|
|II||Win||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:30.001||—||F|
|Lose||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:30.118||+0.117s||3|
|QF 1||Win||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mercedes||1:30.293||—||SF|
|Lose||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:30.451||+0.158s||7|
|QF 2||Win||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:30.098||—||SF|
|Lose||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:30.366||+0.268s||6|
|QF 3||Win||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:30.421||—||SF|
|Lose||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:30.938||+0.517s||8|
|QF 4||Win||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:30.053||—||SF|
|Lose||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:30.338||+0.285s||5|
|1st||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:31.245||—||QF 4||GB|
|2nd||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:31.271||+0.026s||QF 3||GB|
|3rd||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:31.313||+0.068s||QF 2||GB|
|4th||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mercedes||1:31.326||+0.081s||QF 1||GA|
|5th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:31.405||+0.160s||QF 1||GB|
|6th||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:31.411||+0.166s||QF 2||GA|
|7th||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||1:31.499||+0.254s||9||GB|
|8th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:31.510||+0.265s||10||GB|
|9th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:31.533||+0.288s||QF 3||GA|
|10th||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||1:31.614||+0.369s||12||GB|
|11th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:31.681||+0.436s||QF 4||GA|
|12th*||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||1:31.694||+0.449s||13*||GA|
|13th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||1:31.830||+0.585s||15||GB|
|14th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||1:31.899||+0.654s||11||GA|
|15th||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||1:31.931||+0.686s||14||GA|
|16th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:31.933||+0.688s||17||GB|
|17th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:31.975||+0.730s||16||GA|
|18th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||1:32.009||+0.764s||18||GA|
|19th||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:32.091||+0.846s||19||GB|
|20th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:32.137||+0.892s||20||GA|
|21st||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:32.185||+0.940s||22||GA|
|22nd||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||1:32.497||+1.252s||21||GB|
|Group A 110% Time: 1:40.458|
|Group B 110% Time: 1:40.369|
- * Bird served a three place grid penalty for causing a collision with Cassidy during the 2022 Rome E-Prix II.
The conditions in Monte Carlo were stable ahead of the E-Prix, with no threat of rain and temperatures in the low 20°Cs as the field assembled on the dummy grid. Likewise, there was stability in the grid after qualifying, with no changes to the order post-session after Sam Bird's penalty was applied after his incident with Nick Cassidy at the 2022 Rome E-Prix II. Elsewhere, use of Attack Mode was clarified ahead of the race, with the field having to use the system twice for four minutes during the race.
It was an even start for the front six as the lights went out, with Mitch Evans escaping into the lead instantly, while Pascal Wehrlein tucked in behind the #9 Jaguar to cover off Jean-Éric Vergne. Stoffel Vandoorne would similarly move across the nose of Lucas di Grassi to defend from the Brazilian pilot into Sainte Devote, while André Lotterer would move identically to block Robin Frijns. The Dutchman would, however, try to squeeze down the inside of the #36 Porsche, only to be forced to cut across the inside of the corner and forfeit seventh to Nyck de Vries on the exit.
With that the race was underway, with the opening lap at the front of the field proving rather tame as Wehrlein opted to simply sit in behind Evans for the rest of the tour. In the midfield Sam Bird would tap the back of Dan Ticktum as the field concertinaed into the Fairmont Hairpin for the first time, although no damage was sustained, with Jake Dennis able to take advantage and move past the Jaguar. Dennis would go on to pass Ticktum too before the end of the opening lap, before also making a move on teammate Oliver Askew early on during the second lap to climb into the top ten.
Indeed, the opening laps would be very quiet, with Evans being unchallenged for the lead despite only holding a small margin over the #94 Porsche of Wehrlein planted squarely in his mirrors, with Vergne and Vandoorne similarly placed. Indeed, barring a move from António Félix da Costa to dart past Askew for eleventh there would be no movement in the order until Cassidy became the first driver to arm Attack Mode, with the New Zealander falling to nineteenth on lap five as a result. Bird, in response, would then try to move up the order with a lunge at Alexander Sims into the Fairmont Hairpin, although the #10 Jaguar would not only fail to make the move, but would also get squeezed into the wall through the Portier section and lose out to Cassidy and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Bird's race was run after that, the Brit sustaining wishbone damage that forced him to pit and retire a few minutes later as teammate Evans continued to control the pace out front. Elsewhere, da Costa became the first drive in the first half of the field to arm AM on lap eight, briefly falling behind Askew before blasting back past the #28 Avalanche Andretti a lap later into Sainte Devote. Frijns, Oliver Rowland and Dennis then took their first AM trips, resulting in the latter duo falling to the #13 DS Techeetah, with the rest of the lead group beginning to think about taking AM for themselves.
As those exchanges unfolded behind Evans and Wehrlein had made a small break at the head of the order, although their small advantage over Vergne would evaporate the moment Wehrlein tried to lunge around the outside of Evans into the Nouvelle Chicane. Evans fended him off but that allowed Vergne, Vandoorne and di Grassi to close right back up, while Lotterer and de Vries were caught by Frijns and da Costa, both armed with the AM boost. Frijns duly eased past the #17 Mercedes on the start/finish straight to claim seventh, da Costa following through a few corners later at Mirabeau, before Frijns tried an aborted lunge at Lotterer into the Nouvelle Chicane.
The fun and games continued onto lap eleven, with Frijns darting past Lotterer into Sainte Devote to open the lap, while da Costa lost out to Rowland through Massenet after the Brit had blasted past de Vries exiting the tunnel. Vergne, meanwhile, would opt to arm AM and fall to sixth behind Frijns as the Dutchman lined up an attack on di Grassi, while Dennis moved up to challenge da Costa into the Nouvelle Chicane. da Costa blocked but was compromised on the exit, meaning he would also have to defend into Tabac, moving to the middle of the circuit and receiving a small whack in the back from Dennis as the Brit threw the #27 Andretti around to try and find a gap.
Back with Vergne and the Frenchman was now in the driving seat, blasting past Frijns once the Dutchman's AM boost ended, before lunging past di Grassi on the outside to the Nouvelle Chicane to reclaim fourth. In response Evans and Vandoorne would dive across to arm AM at Casino Square on lap thirteen, although both would fall behind Vergne as Wehrlein opted to remain out and not arm the boost to claim the lead. Instead, Wehrlein would run on for one more lap and burn the little energy advantage he had over Evans before arming AM on the following lap, although the #94 Porsche would still emerge behind both Vergne and Evans when he armed the boost a lap later.
Yet, momentum was with Wehrlein and the German pilot was soon powering past Evans to claim second, before hunting and passing Vergne with an expert lunge around the outside entering the Nouvelle Chicane all in the space of a lap. Wehrlein then tried to use AM to break clear, although entering Mirabeau the #94 Porsche suffered a failure and Wehrlein was seen limping into the Fairmont Hairpin with no drive and damage on his car. Vergne was hence re-handed the lead as Wehrlein rolled to a stop at the exit of the tunnel, while Vandoorne had moved up to second through a combination of a lunge at Evans into the Chicane and Wehrlein's failure.
Vergne took his second AM boost on the following lap to drop to third, moments before a Full Course Yellow was thrown to allow Wehrlein's car to be pushed to safety from the run to the Nouvelle Chicane. Ninety seconds later the race resumed, with Vandoorne having suddenly emerged with a three second lead over Evans and Vergne, while Vergne was just about to run out of AM boost with fifteen minutes to go. As a result Vandoorne was able to hold the lead when he armed AM for the second time, moments before the race was brought under a full Safety Car for an incident at the first corner that removed Lotterer and Rowland.
The accident had been triggered by Rowland, who had lunged down the inside of Lotterer into Sainte Devote, and had got full alongside as they hit the brakes, only to suffer a snap of oversteer. That snap caused the #30 Mahindra to slap into the side of the #36 Porsche, sending Lotterer nose first into the barriers on the outside, while Rowland clattered into the barriers on the exit of the corner, before pulling off at Massanet. Both were out with heavy damage as a result, with the SC staying out for four minutes as the bits of Porsche and Mahindra were plucked from the circuit.
Vandoorne would bolt entering Rascasse to restart the race, although Evans was able to at least go with him knowing he had to build a gap in order to arm AM without losing out to those behind. Frijns, in fourth behind Vergne, was in a similar position, but unlike Evans would opt to take his second AM boost as soon as the race resumed, falling from fifth to seventh behind da Costa and Edoardo Mortara, the latter having quietly climbed through the field. Frijns then elbowed his way past Mortara into Sainte Devote to start lap 22 as da Costa used FanBoost to attack Lucas di Grassi for fourth, before the Portuguese racer and Mortara opted to arm their second AM boosts as Evans stubbornly held out.
Indeed, Evans would ultimately miss his chance to limit the damage from arming AM in that moment, for Frijns would manage to get within two seconds of Evans over the rest of the lap while also lining up a move on di Grassi into Sainte Devote. The Brazilian would keep the Dutchman at bay into the famous right hander, although his compromised exit combined with Frijns' AM boost would see the #4 Envision ease past the #11 ROKiT Venturi up the hill to Massanet to claim fourth. That then became third when Evans armed his final AM boost, with Vergne having moved up to second as Vandoorne established a significant lead at the head of the field.
Into the 4:30 minutes of extra time and Evans now had the advantage over his closest challengers, easing past Frijns unopposed into Sainte Devote as the Dutchman's AM boost came to an end. A lap later and the #9 Jaguar had Vergne's #25 DS Techeetah in its sights, and after one attempt into the Nouvelle Chicane Evans would slice past Vergne on the brakes for Sainte Devote to open lap 25 to reclaim second and hunt down Vandoorne. However, the Belgian racer had established a near three second lead in the intervening period, and Evans did not have any sort of energy advantage over the #5 Mercedes to seriously push and catch the Belgian racer.
As Evans tried in vain to close up and challenge for victory the rest of the top ten would find themselves fighting in small groups, with Frijns trapped between the two Techeetahs, while di Grassi and Mortara scrapped for sixth. The two Venturis ultimately made contact, ending Mortara's race with a puncture after getting sideswiped by the sister car, while behind Maximilian Günther held onto eighth, but with a serious energy disadvantage. Indeed, entering the final tour the German pilot would find himself with less that 2% energy to complete the race, meaning he was effectively a sitting duck for Cassidy, Dennis, Sébastien Buemi, de Vries and Sims as they came to complete the race.
As Günther tumbled Vandoorne cruised, the Belgian ace sweeping across the line with a comfortable one second lead to claim victory ahead of Evans, his first of the season and enough to clinch the Championship lead. Vergne completed the podium ahead of Frijns, who would spend the closing stages simultaneously harrying Vergne while also fending off the attentions of da Costa to finish fourth. di Grassi was next up ahead of Cassidy, Buemi completed an impressive race from the back of the grid to eighth, while Dennis and de Vries scored the final points as Günther fell from seventh to seventeenth on the final lap having run out of energy.
The final classification of the 2022 Monaco E-Prix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:
|2022 Monaco E-Prix Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|2nd||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||30||+1.285s||1:32.941||21|
|3rd||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||30||+3.293s||1:33.195||15|
|4th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||30||+3.467s||1:32.707||13|
|5th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||30||+3.952s||1:32.977||10|
|6th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||30||+8.133s||1:33.353||8|
|7th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||30||+15.273s||1:33.717||6|
|8th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||30||+17.773s||1:33.374||4|
|9th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||30||+17.820s||1:33.391||2|
|10th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||30||+18.283s||1:33.662||1|
|11th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||30||+19.350s||1:33.124|
|12th||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||30||+19.756s||1:33.217|
|13th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||30||+22.894s||1:33.353|
|14th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||30||+23.198s||1:33.654|
|15th||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||30||+23.432s||1:33.615|
|16th*||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||30||+27.987s||1:33.787|
|17th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||30||+39.668s||1:34.070|
|Ret||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||23||Puncture||1:32.811|
|Ret||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||18||Collision||1:34.743|
|Ret||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||18||Collision||1:35.417|
|Ret||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||15||Electrical||1:35.154|
|Ret||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||7||Wishbone||1:36.201|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- * Giovinazzi served a five second time penalty for overtaking Askew outside of the track and gained a lasting advantage.
- Fifth Monaco E-Prix to be staged.
- Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his third victory.
- Also Vandoorne's tenth podium finish.
- Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team claimed their sixth win as an entrant.
- Mercedes earned their ninth win as a powertrain supplier.
- Robin Frijns recorded his fifth fastest lap.
- Twentieth FanBoost victory for Jean-Éric Vergne.
Stoffel Vandoorne had moved to the top of the table after his first win of the campaign, the Belgian ace having increased his tally to 81 points. Jean-Éric Vergne had made way for Vandoorne, and fallen six behind, while Mitch Evans was up to third on 72 points. Robin Frijns was a further point behind in fourth ahead of Edoardo Mortara, while António Félix da Costa was the only other mover as he climbed into the top ten.
In the Teams' Championship Mercedes had retained the lead in title hunt, the German squad having moved onto 120 points for the campaign. DS Techeetah, meanwhile, had climbed to second, having also moved past the 100 point barrier, while Jaguar Racing were up to third courtesy of Evans' efforts. Envision Racing and ROKiT Venturi Racing completed the top five, Porsche had fallen from second to sixth, while Dragon/Penske remained the sole pointless team in the field.
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