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ABB FIA Formula E heads to Monaco.
The global tour of the ABB Formula E Championship alights in its most iconic destination – Monte Carlo – for the third Monaco E-Prix this weekend.
According to the alternating-season schedule for this event, it’s two years since the all-electric series has raced here and it will be a first time on the streets of the principality for the new, more powerful Gen2 racecars.
In a location already famed for events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monte Carlo Rally and the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the ABB Formula E Monaco E-Prix brings a new kind of motorsport spectacle – one that carries globally relevant messages regarding e-mobility and sustainability.
So far this season, in eight city-center races across four continents, the ABB Formula E championship has showcased the exceptional power and performance of the Gen2 cars, which feature significant upgrades in battery life over their predecessors: the energy stores have a 90 percent increase in capacity for only a 20 percent weight gain.
Competition between the 11 teams and 22 drivers has been intense in Season 5, with eight drivers winning for seven different teams. That intensity is unlikely to lessen in Monaco, as any one of the top eight in the drivers’ standings could take the championship lead by winning the race.
Sébastien Buemi, ABB ambassador and Nissan e.Dams driver will be especially hungry for victory as he has yet to win this season and he would complete a hat-trick of Monaco E-Prix ‘firsts’ by taking the checkered flag.
The Monaco E-Prix is a special event, too, for Simona de Silvestro – ABB ambassador and test driver for the Monaco-based Venturi team. She will be helping the home team prepare a strong result for race drivers Edoardo Mortara and Felipe Massa.
All competitors will face a 12-turn track, with a hairpin bend at Turn 3 over the course of 1.76 km.
Monaco will be the third in a five-race European leg in Season 5, with Berlin and Bern ahead, before the July double-header grand finale in New York.
Good to know
The Solar Impulse control center was based in Monaco in 2015.
Number of turns
Shorter version of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.