FAE 2016/2017 - Monaco - A successful day for Formula E and Michelin in the Principality
The second Monaco ePrix took place today in idyllic ideal weather conditions, allowing the crowd of almost 20,000 spectators to enjoy a quality of racing worthy of the Principality’s reputation as a longstanding home of topflight motorsport. Grid order was always going to play a key role around the 1.76km street circuit.
Track action kicked off early this morning with a free practice session that was marked by a number of accidents and tangles. As expected, qualifying turned out to be a fiercely-fought affair, with several drivers topping the order before Jean-Eric Vergne (TECHEETAH), Maro Engel (Venturi Formula E Team), Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams), Nelson Piquet Jr (NEXTEV NIO) and Lucas Di Grassi (ABT Schaeffer Audi Sport) reached the final super-pole shootout phase, involving one flying lap each, one at a time.
Sébastien Buemi – who topped the championship standings prior to the visit to Monaco on 76 points – was accredited with the best effort (53.313s) and he was joined on the grid’s front row by second-placed Lucas Di Grassi (+0.237s).
The Monaco ePrix started at 4pm local time after a star-studded grid walk which included such international celebrities as the British model and actress Naomi Campbell, the president of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and his wife Michelle Yeoh, another actress. H.S.H. Prince Albert II de Monaco and his niece Charlotte Casiraghi presented the trophies after the finish.
Victory went to pole-winner Sébastien Buemi who was chased over the line mere tenths of a second later by the Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi, his chief rival. Their duel kept the Monaco ePrix spectators entertained throughout the 51-lap race, despite a safety car interruption due to a tangle between Jean-Eric Vergne and Nelson Piquet Jr.