Monaco E-Prix Drivers to Race Grand Prix Track for 2021
Updated: May 5
The 24 emission-free electric racecars of the 4th Monaco E-Prix will be tackling the traditional Grand Prix course for the first time!
The second event of Monaco's racing calendar is the all-electric, FIA Formula-E Grand Prix taking place on Saturday, 8 May. A relatively new concept, first coined in Paris ten years ago, the races involves highly technical, extremely fast and emission-free electric cars. Monaco’s continuous emphasis on environmental issues makes it fitting that it is one of the leaders in this eco-friendly style of racing! The current season is also the first one in which Formula-E enjoys world championship status, the first non-Formula1 single-seat car race to be classified as such.
New for 2021! The 24 drivers for teams including Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Venturi and Mercedes will race the same route as the traditional Monaco Grand Prix for the first time, having in the past completed a shorter version that missed out on famous points including the hill, Casino square and the iconic tunnel.
Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, who won the last race in 2019, will be returning to defend his title. Another strong contender will be Sébastien Buemi from Switzerland, driving for DAMS, who already has two E-Prix titles to his name. Eyes will also be on António Félix da Costa, driving for DS Techeetah, who ended the previous season as the Formula E champion. But it will be the homegrown ROKit team from Venturi Racing that locals will be cheering on. Swiss-Italian driver, Edoardo Mortara, started the season strong with a podium finish in Diriyah, but had a setback a few days later after an incident with a powertrain malfunction.
Frenchman Norman Nato, ROKit Venturi Racing's rising star, recently scored his first top ten finish in Formula E and is looking forward to his next race in Monaco. "I can’t wait to race in Monaco next weekend because in a Formula E car, it’s much more fun to drive on a street circuit and everything is more on the limit," he said. "When you are young, you always dream about Monaco and winning there on such an iconic circuit is very special. It’s the most prestigious of them all." Nato has a history of success in Monaco, winning the Monaco Kart Cup when he was younger, finishing on the podium in Formula 2 and winning Formula Renault 3.5 in the Principality. On his team's chances, Nato said, "Since Diriyah, we have shown that we can fight for silverware and if we can keep this momentum, I’m sure that finally, one day soon, we will be jumping on the podium."
Team Principal, Susie Wolff, who we interviewed in 2019, continues to lead the team as they hope to improve on a strong performance in Valencia in their home race this weekend. Speaking of Valencia and the upcoming Monaco E Prix, she said, "We executed the strategy very well as a team today [in the Valencia E Prix]. Both Edo and Norman delivered strong performances to score our first double points finish of the season and again, we showed the potential of our Season 7 package. It was a shame for Norman to pick up a five-second time penalty which meant he wasn’t able to stand on the podium for the second race weekend in a row. He deserved P2 but I’m confident that his time will come very soon. A result like this before our home race is very encouraging and now, our full focus moves to the Monaco E-Prix in two weeks time where we’ve had success as a team in the past."
We wish the team the best for their home run!
Formula-E Grand Prix of Monaco
Tickets are free, however, due to current health restrictions, the following rules apply:
A grandstand capacity of 6,500 people (one-third of normal)
Attendance will be limited to the residents, students, workers and clients of Monegasque hotels, and also to those persons receiving invitations directly from the ACM.
The Automobile Club de Monaco and Formula E are applying and taking all precautionary measures (mandatory physical distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene) to ensure the optimum hygiene protocol for the attendees of the Event.
The ticket offices are located on the Promenade Honoré II as well as at the Direction du Tourisme de Monaco – Boulevard des Moulins, and will be open on Friday, May 07 (09:00 – 18:00) and Saturday, May 08 (06:30 – end of the Monaco E-Prix).