Formula E is back to the Principality to unveil a new pioneering step in motorsport. The 6th edition of the Monaco e-Prix, held today's afternoon, Saturday the 6th May 2023, represents the ninth stage of this challenge, being part of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, notably the GEN3. Fully electric single-seaters are being rolling on the same circuit of the most popular Formula 1 Grand Prix passing by some of the most iconic places of the Principality, under the precious management of the Automobile Club de Monaco staff. The novelties of this year start from the advancement of technology applied to the competing fireballs. The new generation of vehicles, announced in Monaco last year are now used providing more powerful, lighter and faster performances at the service of skilled drivers, within a structure dimension equal to those of Formula One cars. Not by chance in Cape Town (South Africa), Sacha Fenestraz (Nissan) achieved 154.987 km/h, the highest average speed to join conquer the pole position.
This is definitely a record race that also reaffirms the importance of the initiative to bring the general public closer to the electric technology of four wheels which is making great strides in terms of charging speed and reduced battery size. The result so far has been to increase the chances of winning for six champions in the previous rounds. Monaco can play a pivotal role in the rankings, positioned in the middle of the season (a total of 16 races). Pascal Wehrlein (TAG-Heuer Porsche) is leading the standing, immediately followed by Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing), only four points behind. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Penske) will try to keep his supremacy, in the footsteps of the two-time winning, including the 2019 successful outcome in Monaco. Sebastien Buemi (Envision Racing) will give his best as well to win for the third time on the Monegasque land. Stoffel Vandoorne (DS Penske), Antonio Felix da Costa (TAG-Heuer Porsche), Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Penske), Sebastien Buemi (Envision Racing) and Lucas di Grassi (Mahindra Racing) are on the list. The unique reunion (note: 1st time since 1969) of Maserati and McLaren ( as well as the coming back of Venturi under new colours makes the 2023 Monaco e-Prix even special.
Besides the race but extremely linked to, the whole city is involved in a real celebration of electric mobility addressed to all visitors of all ages in an extreme easy going environment and sport comradely. Since Wednesday the 3rd May 2023, the paddocks in Port Hercules started to come alive to be ready today to start. A set of parallel events have been planned to foster an overview on high technology towards the reduction of climate change emissions together with informing about the knowledge needed by the drivers to better face the race.
An opportunity to deepen the theme of clean mobility also for new generations. On Thursday the 4th May 2023, a group of students from Charles III College, FANB and St. Charles School had the unique chance to meet some of the skillets drivers in the discipline: Jean-Eric Vergne (DS PENSKE), Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Felix Da Costa (TAG HEUER PORSCHE), Oliver Rowland and Lucas Di Grassi (MAHINDRA RACING), Andre Lotterer (AVALANCHE ANDRETTI), Edoardo Mortara, and Maximilian Günther (MASERATI MSG RACING).
To follow the challenge live please visit: fiaformulae.com/en/ways-to-watch
By Maurice Abbati
Springer International Publishing