The glitz and glamour in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship grow: the guest performance in Monaco on 8 May represents the most prestigious race of the year. On the new Formula E street circuit, the 24-strong field of electrically-powered racing cars will compete on stunning passages of the world-famous Grand Prix circuit such as Sainte Dévote, Casino, Mirabeau as well as through the tunnel at the harbour for the first time. A milestone in the history of the world’s first electric racing series. “We want to bring Formula E to exciting cities with fantastic atmospheres, and there’s no better place than Monaco,” says Amiel Lindesay, Head of Operations Formula E. “It’s a privilege for us to compete in this prestigious setting. We can’t wait to get there.”
The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team races in the Principality on the Côte d’Azur for the first time and fields two Porsche 99X Electric driven by André Lotterer (GER/#36) and Pascal Wehrlein (GER/#99). After scoring two podium results in Rome and Valencia, the team now hopes to score its maiden victory in Monaco. Race seven of the season in the world’s most exclusive square mile is a highlight of the year and an exciting challenge for drivers and teams. The narrow street circuit requires efficient energy management and is unforgiving of driving errors. Run-off zones are virtually non-existent, instead, there are walls and barriers. Total concentration is needed from start to finish – only then can competitors maintain the ideal racing line as they navigate through the labyrinth of curves between the luxury houses and upmarket boutiques.
The streets of Monte Carlo will only close for Formula E early on Saturday morning. For this reason, there is no time for the shakedown – a brief obligatory test on the racetrack. Once the flower pots, parking metres and traffic signs are removed, crash barriers, concrete blocks and high fences are erected to create an immensely exciting racetrack in the picture-postcard setting of the Principality. Then, the lights for the 24-strong field of Formula E racing cars will turn green for the world’s fastest city traffic.