There’s something special about Monaco and the FIA Formula E World Championship’s return to the Principality’s streets marked a landmark moment in Season 8.
As motorsport’s most famous circuit, it’s the crown jewel event in every series’ calendar but as the nation’s only racing team, it was an extra special event for us here at ROKiT Venturi Racing.
Sharing a home with such a venue is always an honour, and racing on home turf in front of our home crowd is an opportunity that we always relish.
The 2022 Monaco E-Prix was no exception and we’re already excited until the 2023 event next season.
Before the race weekend truly got underway, on Thursday, Formula E lifted the covers off its future and unveiled its next generation racing car to the world for the first time.
The Gen3 car marks a major step up in every aspect of car performance and is set to not only revolutionise the motor racing world but also the automotive industry.
Featuring considerably more power than the current Gen2, fast charging capabilities, unmatched sustainability and efficiency, and a radical design, Gen3 marks an exciting next chapter.
We’re relishing the chance to test the pinnacle of electric vehicle performance ahead of its introduction in Season 9.
Given the traditional overtaking challenges associated with Monaco, pressure was high on Saturday morning when Edoardo Mortara and Lucas di Grassi took to the track in qualifying.
From Group A, the duo performed admirably and while a small mistake cost Edo dearly on his final run, Lucas successfully pieced the puzzle together to advance to the duel stages.
Making his second quarter-final appearance of the year, Lucas faced off against the fastest driver of Group B, Mitch Evans, in a head-to-head street fight.
While Lucas produced a 1:30.338 lap, the Jaguar driver narrowly edged ahead by a 0.285 seconds, leaving the Season 3 champion to start from fifth on the grid – a prime position from which to fight forward and battle for points and prizes.
A qualifying error relegated Edo to a 16th-placed starting spot on the grid for Saturday’s 45-minute + one lap race, but as always, the Swiss-Italian showed his class.
With a pacy start, Edo overtook both Sam Bird and Dan Ticktum on lap one to move forward to 14th and produced a clinical race from there on out.
Utilising an overcut strategy on his first Attack Mode activation, Edo was in the thick of the fight and took 10th by passing Maximilian Günther, Oliver Askew, Nyck de Vries and Jake Dennis.
Following a Full Course Yellow and Safety Car period, Edo had moved into sixth, making up an impressive 10 positions.
Unfortunately, light contact with his team mate and a subsequent puncture ultimately ended his race, halting what was an impressive recovery performance.
From the third row of the grid, Lucas delivered the goods on race day and after holding fifth in the opening stages, quickly found himself flirting with a place on the podium.
Following his first Attack Mode activation, he was locked in a fight for fourth with Jean-Eric Vergne before a Full Course Yellow and Safety Car negated the advantage of his second use of the power boost device.
The resultant loss of time unfortunately halted his podium charge and with pressure mounting, Lucas slipped to sixth in the closing laps.
Nevertheless, he held on at the chequered flag to score eight points and his 920th point in Formula E.