|2015 Monaco ePrix|
Monaco Formula E Circuit
|Date||9th May 2015|
|Official Name||2015 Formula E Monaco ePrix|
|Location||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Distance||47 laps / 68.62km (42.64mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Sébastien Buemi|
|Fastest Lap||0:55.157 on lap 32|
|Sébastien Buemi||Lucas di Grassi||Nelson Piquet, Jr.|
Swiss racer Sébastien Buemi made history in Monaco, becoming the first man to win from pole position, and the first two win a second ePrix. Joined by Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jr. on the podium, the ePrix had seen a huge accident at the start, which saw the elimination of several drivers after only two corners.
Ahead of the Monaco ePrix, Lucas di Grassi holds a one-point lead over Nelson Piquet Jr. in the Drivers' Championship, with Piquet's victory in Long Beach last time out meaning there were six different winners from the first six ePrix. Nicolas Prost, Sébastien Buemi, Sam Bird and António Félix da Costa are the other winners, all fill the remainder of the top six spots in the Championship, separated by 32 points.
Buemi and Prost's combined tally means e.dams-Renault hold a comfortable 27 point lead at the summit of the Teams' Championship, with Audi Sport ABT leading the charge behind. Virgin Racing hold a two point gap over Andretti Autosport for third before the Monaco race, while NEXTEV TCR (China Racing's new name) sit in fifth after Piquet's heroics in America. The Venturi Formula E Team currently sit at the foot of the table, and are the only team not to have finished in the top five in a race event.
The Monaco Formula E layout takes in the start-finish straight of the Grand Prix layout, but takes a right-turn following the first corner (Saint-Devote) and heads downhill towards the sea. It rejoins the famous Circuit de Monaco at the bottom of this hill, taking a hairpin right at Nouvelle Chicane. It then follows the Grand Prix circuit through Tabac, La Piscine, Rasscasse and Antony Noghes, back to the start-finish line.
Voting for FanBoost opened on the 27th of April, just under two weeks before the Monaco ePrix. The entry list was also confirmed the following day, remaining unchanged since the Long Beach ePrix a month before.
The full entry list for the 2015 Monaco ePrix will be displayed below:
The usual qualifying format was followed at the Monaco ePrix, with the groups announced shortly after the conclusion of second practice. It was also revealed that Jaime Alguersuari, Karun Chandhok and Loïc Duval would all receive ten place grid penalties for changing their RESS systesm for a second time.
Group 1EditThe penalised Chandhok was to be joined by championship leader Lucas di Grassi, title challengers Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Sam Bird, and double pole sitter Jean-Eric Vergne. Vergne, as ever, went into the session as one of the favourites, with di Grassi, Bird and Piquet all hoping to use previous experience at the Monaco circuit to their advantage.
After each driver did their two 200 kw/h, full power laps, di Grassi emerged on provisional pole, although Piquet, whom was immediately behind his compatriot on track and in the timings, stated that di Grassi had blocked him deliberately. Further down in the group, Bird and Vergne were left with disappointing times, while Chandhok looked destined to start from the very back after his time was over a second off di Grassi's.
Nicolas Prost and Daniel Abt were the standout names in group two, joined by Bruno Senna, Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Stéphane Sarrazin. Prost was expected to take pole based on his pace in practice, although Senna was also in serious contention after topping P2.
The stand out performer, however, from the group was d'Ambrosio, whom set the second fastest time of the session to that point to split di Grassi and Piquet. Prost beat the rest of the group one times to take fifth provisionally, while Senna was relatively close behind in sixth for the time being. Abt looked set to provide di Grassi support with the fourth best time, sneaking ahead of Prost, with Sarrazin looking to hold on to get into the lower orders of the top ten once the session ended.
Scott Speed and Sébastien Buemi were expected to be the top drivers in their group, joined as they were by Charles Pic, Salvador Duran and the hampered Duval. Duran and Duval had the least amount of experience around Mopnte Carlo's streets, having competed only once (each) in race at Monaco, so were expected to struggle in the session.
Buemi was to come out on top from group three, setting a time good enough to demolish di Grassi's pole hopes and take it for himself. Speed, however, was disappointed to fail to beat his Andretti Autosport team mate Vergne, ending up outside the top ten. He was beaten by a good lap from Duran, while Duval stunned the field to set the fifth fastest time of the session, although he was to plummet due to his earlier grid penalty.
The group with the most experience of the Monaco circuit, however would be group four, with a grand total of 32 Grand Prix entries and one victory between the five drivers. Only António Félix da Costa had not competed at Grand Prix level in Monaco, while Jarno Trulli accounted for 14 of those entries, and won the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix. Alugersuari, Nick Heidfeld and Vitantonio Liuzzi completed the group.
Despite the experience in the final group, however, the session finished with an anti-climax, with none of the final group setting times good enough to distort the other times particularly. The only major piece of drama was for da Costa, who lost the back of his Spark-Renault SRT_01E into Tabac, thorwing him into the wall and out of qualifying. He will line up at the back of the grid, although repairs to that car may mean he is forced to start in the pitlane if at all.
The full qualifying result is to be displayed below.
|2015 Monaco ePrix Qualifying Result|
|2||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||0:53.669||2|
|3||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||0:53.702||3|
|4||99||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||NEXTEV TCR||0:53.712||4|
|5*||6||Loïc Duval||Dragon Racing||0:53.804||15|
|6||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||0:53.891||5|
|8*||3||Jaime Alguersuari||Virgin Racing||0:54.021||18|
|9||21||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||0:54.039||7|
|12||77||Salvador Duran||Amlin Aguri||0:54.175||10|
|13||2||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||0:54.253||11|
|14||27||Jean-Eric Vergne||Andretti Autosport||0:54.260||12|
|16||28||Scott Speed||Andretti Autosport||0:54.347||14|
|18||88||Charles Pic||NEXTEV TCR||0:54.652||17|
|19*||5||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||0:54.858||20|
|20||55||António Félix da Costa||Amlin Aguri||0:56.938||19|
|Max Qualifying Time: N/A|
- Duval, Chandhok and Alguersuari handed ten place grid penalties for changing their RESS systems.
Before the start of the Monaco ePrix, the FanBoost result was annoounced, revealing that Salvador Duran, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Jean-Eric Vergne granted the five-second power boost. With no further changes to the grid after qualifying (despite Piquet's protests), the ePrix was set to start at 16:00 local time.
Sébastien Buemi made the cleanest start off the line, streaking ahead at the front of the field from Lucas di Grassi. Braking into the first corner saw a large concertina effect, which caused Jaime Alguersuari, stuck in the middle of the pack after his relegation from qualifying, to lose his front wing and retire. But, it was about 20 metres further round the circuit where the drama was unfolding.
As the track narrowed to run down JFK Avenue, Daniel Abt was squeezed into the wall, putting him out of the race. With no where to go, Bruno Senna went over the back of the wounded Audi Sport ABT machine and alomst rolled over, landing with a ruined Mahindra. Avoiding action also cost body work, and eventual finishes, for Salvador Duran, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Jean-Eric Vergne and Loïc Duval, with the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car emerging almost immediately.
With many years of practice under their belt, however, the marshals were quick to clear away the remains, however, and many of the drivers left stranded managed to get back on track in their second Spark-Renault SRT_01Es. The restart came just a few laps later, and Buemi and di Grassi soon pulled a gap, with Piquet eventually forcing his way past Jérôme d'Ambrosio for third. Monaco's narrow nature, however, prevented a lot of potential overtakes, however, with the race becoming tactical as pitstops approached.
Di Grassi gambled on an earlier stop, hoping to gain an overlap out of the traffic. Buemi and company were in within a lap, however, although di Grassi and Buemi met eachother into the first corner as Buemi left the pits. Sam Bird leapt from sixth to fourth (having been battling with Nicolas Prost and Stéphane Sarrazin before the stops), and clung to the back of Piquet, while di Grassi and Buemi (who held the lead), pulled away.
Piquet looked to be on for second after shaking his Bird-tail, as di Grassi fell away from the back of Buemi over the middle half of the stint. An attempt into the harbour hairpin (turns three, four and five) cost Piquet time, however, after almost running into the back of the ABT machine. Piquet was soon left fending off Bird, while di Grassi reeled Buemi back into his sights. Scott Speed, meanwhile, was making a charge though the field, overtaking António Félix da Costa and Charles Pic on his way through to eighth.
Meanwhile, Vergne took fastest lap after re-emerging from the pits in his second car, using his FanBoost to take the two points by over a second. Back at the front, however, Buemi was successful in his defence, becoming the first man to both win from pole, and win two ePrix in 2014/15. Simultaneously, Piquet held off Bird for third, with the Brit weaving either side of the NEXTEV TCR car over the start/finish straight to get past. Ultimately, 13 cars survived the race, with Nick Heidfeld claiming the final points in tenth at Venturi's home race.
The final classification of the 2015 Monaco ePrix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2015 Monaco ePrix Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Nat.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|2||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||47||+2.154s||0:56.056||18|
|3||99||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||NEXTEV TCR||47||+4.634s||0:55.657||15|
|4||2||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||47||+4.801s||0:56.286||12|
|5||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||47||+5.881s||0.56.067||10|
|8||88||Charles Pic||NEXTEV TCR||47||+49.538s||0:56.761||4|
|9||55||António Félix da Costa||Amlin Aguri||47||+52.658s||0:56.972||2|
|12*||28||Scott Speed||Andretti Autosport||47||+1:14.138||0.56.091|
|13||5||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||46||+1 lap||0:56.531|
|NC||27||Jean-Eric Vergne||Andretti Autosport||33||Damage||0:55.157||2|
|NC||77||Salvador Duran||Amlin Aguri||28||Damage||0:56.426|
|Ret||6||Loïc Duval||Dragon Racing||24||Damage||0:55.891|
|Ret||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||14||Damage||0:56.956|
|Ret||3||Jaime Alguersuari||Virgin Racing||0||Accident||No Time|
|Ret||21||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||0||Accident||No Time|
- * Speed handed a 33 second penalty for exceeding the maximum power usage.
- First European ePrix to be held.
- Second pole position for Sébastien Buemi
- Second victory for Buemi.
- First time in Formula E history that a driver had won a second race.
So, di Grassi remained at the top of the table, increasing his lead over Nelson Piquet, Jr. to four points, although Buemi was the man on the move, now ten behind the leading Brazilian. Nicolas Prost remained in the hunt on 77, as did Sam Bird on 64. Jérôme d'Ambrosio also gained a place at the expence of António Félix da Costa, although the Portuguese ace had recovered very well after a poor qualifying session to score two points.
Audi Sport ABT joined e.dams-Renault as the only teams to break the 100 point tally in the Teams' Championship, although Daniel Abt's retirement meant they left Monaco 45 points behind (with 58 on offer for a perfect weekend). Virgin Racing were seriously in trouble of going behind NEXTEV TCR after Piquet's strong run continued, while Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing were slowly heading towards each other in the standings. Venturi, meanwhile, were finally off the foot of the table, overtaking Trulli to take ninth.
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 'Track layout revealed for Monaco ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/track-layout-revealed-for-monaco-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/04/2015)
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 'Poleman Buemi doubles up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/poleman-buemi-doubles-up.aspx, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
- ↑ 'FanBoost open for Monaco ePrix', fiafomulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/04/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/april/fanboost-open-for-monaco-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 27/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Driver line-up the same for Monaco ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/04/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/april/driver-line-up-the-same-for-monaco-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 29/04/2015)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 'Monaco ePrix: Qualifying groups', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/monaco-eprix-qualifying-groups.aspx, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 'Alguersuari, Chandhok and Duval handed 10-place penalty', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/alguersuari-chandhok-and-duval-handed-10-place-penalty.aspx, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
- ↑ 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 'Buemi takes pole in heated Monaco qualifying', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/buemi-takes-pole-in-heated-monaco-qualifying.aspx, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 'Duran, Vergne and Piquet win FanBoost vote', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/bird-vergne-and-piquet-win-fanboost-vote.aspx, (Accessed 09/05/2015)