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Formula E: Drivers’ gearing up for return to iconic streets of Monaco

The Formula E World Championship will once again take to the streets of Monaco this weekend, as the series gets set Round 6 of Season 8 on the French Riviera.

For only the fifth time, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take over the Principality this weekend, with 11 teams and 22 world-class drivers all-set to battle through the hill through Mirabeau and the famous Casino Square, round the Grand Hotel Hairpin and through the inimitable Monaco tunnel ahead of the Nouvelle Chicane.

For the 2022 Monaco E-Prix, the amended Nouvelle chicane will make way for the full, traditional circuit layout around the Principality’s harbourfront.

The 19-turn, 3.337 km track will see the pack climb the hill at Sainte Devote and Mirabeau, through the iconic Casino Square around the Grand Hotel Hairpin and of course, into the tunnel and by the harbourfront.

Frederic Espinos, Sporting Director, Formula E said: “The 2021 Monaco E-Prix remains one of the finest races in Formula E history with an unprecedented number of overtakes.

“Our drivers are used to driving in street circuits which is why Monaco, one of the most iconic circuits in the world that all drivers know inside out, is particularly suitable for showcasing the unique style of Formula E motorsport. We can’t wait to see what the 2022 race and the drama that awaits.”

As it stands

The weekend in Monaco follows a dramatic couple of races in Rome, where Jaguar’s Mitch Evans conquered the Eternal City with back-to-back wins. DS Techeetah’s Jean-Éric Vergen leads the Drivers’ Standings heading into Monaco after a strong weekend in Rome, rounded off with a second placed finish in Round 5.

Envision’s Robin Frijns also claimed back-to-back podiums to lift him to within just two points of Vergne, with Dutchman also only two points ahead of Mercedes EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne. After a stuttering start to the season, Jaguar’s Mitch Evans has catapulted himself into the title race, landing in fourth position, only nine points off top.

Gen3 unveil

Formula E’s Gen3 all-electric race car will be unveiled at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 28 April ahead of the Monaco weekend.

The Gen3 car, set to race from Season 9, will be presented to manufacturers, teams, drivers, partners and other VIP guests at the evening event. Fans will be able to experience the show via the championship’s digital channels and get a first in-depth look.

“Formula E’s Gen3 race car represents a leap forward for motorsport and electric mobility,” says Jamie Reigle, Formula E CEO.

“Designed to demonstrate that high performance, efficiency and sustainability can be packaged together without compromise, the Gen3 car is our most powerful, lightest, and fastest race car to date. We look forward to finally taking the covers off the Gen3 in Monaco, a location steeped in motor racing history, and seeing the car light up city streets around the world next season.”

Formula E and the FIA will also host a roundtable event bringing together leaders from manufacturers across the automotive sector. This summit will focus on the potential innovations and technology roadmaps for the Gen4 era as Formula E affirms its position as the pinnacle of electric mobility development and racing.

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