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Closed Circuit: Venturi Formula E in Monaco

Monaco is a special place for Venturi Formula E as they are racing on home soil. On the glamorous Cote d’Azur, the Monegasque squad was able to set a few shining highlights and especially Maro Engel was able to impress.


What a weekend for the Venturi Formula E squad: the Monegasque team started the day with rather mixed results for their two driver Stephane Sarrazin and Maro Engel. Especially the latter seemed to struggle to find his rhythm in the challenging street canyons of Monte Carlo, retrieving himself mostly at the end of the pack. This changed in qualifying, though, where the Monegasque per choice put in a fantastic lap and secured P5 on the starting grid.

Starting the race from P5 and P11, the local heroes were hoping for good championship points and while Engel was able to keep his cool, Teammate Sarrazin experienced a turbulent first lap and fell to the back of the field. The Frenchman tried his best to recover and was slowly making his way through the field, but P15 was the best he could do due to the very tight nature of the track. Nevertheless, the team still had a reason to smile as Engel scored ten important points for the championship.

Team mate comparison: qualifying
  • Stephane Sarrazin
  • Maro Engel

Team mate comparison: race
  • Stephane Sarrazin
  • Maro Engel

We already demonstrated our competitiveness in the previous races. But now we finally have been rewarded. I’d like to congratulate the entire team on this result in the home race. And now it’s flat out for next week in Paris.”

Gildo Pallanca Pastor, Venturi Formula E Team owner

Championship standings
  • Venturi Formula E


It has not been Stephane Sarrazin’s weekend. After promising performances in the practice sessions, the Frenchman was able to secure P11 in qualifying. While not being able to match his teammates performance, P11 still generated high hopes for his first points ever since the Hong Kong ePrix.

Nevertheless, the Frenchman was unlucky at the start, losing lots of positions and was faced with the task of working his way through the field from the back. His convincing performance was sadly not enough to secure a result better than P15 due to the rare overtaking possibilities on the streets of Monte Carlo.

Sarrazin: lap chart
  • Stephane Sarrazin

Best time in FP1: 53.896s (P3)

Best time in FP2: 53.342s (P10)

Best time in qualifying: 53.846s (P11)

Best time in the race: 54.490s (Lap 49)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 55.419s (+2.419s)

I had to restart the engine at the start. Due to this incident I dropped back to the end of the field and although I fought my way back up to 14th ,this was the moment that cost me my chances of securing a good result. And I once again will give my very best in Paris.”

Championship standings
  • Jean-Eric Vergne


Maro Engel experienced his best weekend in Formula E so far. The Monegasque per choice seemed to have a hard tme on the challenging track at first, but improved his performance just in time for qualifying, securing a fantastic fifth place on the grid.

In the race, Engel kept his cool and was able to regain P5 following the collision between Nelson Piquet JR (NextEV NIO) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah). Thus, the German secured the first championship points for Venturi Formula E ever since the Hong Kong ePrix.

Engel: lap chart
  • Maro Engel

Best time in FP1: 54.870s (P16)

Best time in FP2: 53.834s (P19)

Best time in qualifying: 53.397s (P5)

Best time in the race: 55.549s (Lap 16)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 53.798s (+0.798s)

It’s great to get a top five at your home race for Venturi. I’m proud of the guys they gave me a good car today and the only unfortunate part was Super Pole. We had the pace to get more but couldn’t get the brakes up to temperature as expected and struggled with retardation of the car but overall, we can be please with a top five result – it’s a strong showing and we can take the momentum into the next race as we have a lot of double headers coming up.”

Championship standings
  • Maro Engel

Image courtesy of Rajan Jangda