Sebastien Buemi took victory in Monaco today, in the process becoming Formula E’s first multiple race winner. Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet completed the podium, meaning the top three finished as they’d started.
“To win in Monaco is a great feeling,” the e.dams-Renault driver said after the race. “It’s one of the best races you can win. It’s also the first race in Europe, so it’s a big success.”
Audi Sport ABT driver di Grassi said: “We did a risky strategy. I said I’m going to go for an aggressive first stint and then push like hell in the second car with a shorter stint. In the end it was very tight between us. That strategy had a downside: I had to save a lot more energy, and so Nelson could attack. But in Monaco you can defend quite easily. There was no place to overtake really.”
Nelson Piquet had accused di Grassi of sabotaging his qualifying session, but seemed satisfied with third. “Congratulations to Sebastien – he did a perfect job,” he said. “I underestimated the track. For most of our tracks, overtaking wasn’t that much of an issue. I thought because most people would be liting and coasting, overtaking would be easier. In all, we tried hard. Temperature was an issue, battery levels too. We had to control all of that. We did everything we could. Congratulations to the team – it’s a few podiums in a row. We keep on learning and keep on improving.”
It was a chaotic start to the race, with a pile up into the first corner that cost many drivers dear. The first six cars wriggled free to run a relatively trouble-free race.
Vergne, Duran and Piquet won Fanboost nominations, the Frenchman using his to bag fastest lap of the race, while both Venturi drivers finished in the points in front of the team’s home race.
The race finished:
- Di Grassi
- Felix da Costa