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Monaco E-Prix Facts and Figures

The streak is finally over. After eight winners in eight races, Jean-Eric Vergne is the first repeat winner in Season 5. For the third successive Monaco E-Prix, the pole sitter led from start to finish, after Sebastien Buemi had dominated the previous two visits to the principality. We now take a look at the facts and figures behind the days racing in Monaco.

Race facts

  • – With Jean-Eric Vergne leading all 51 laps in Monaco, he added over 90 kilometres to the distance led by French drivers, bringing to total to over 1000 kilometres. France becomes the second nation, after Switzerland to have led over 1000 kilometres in Formula E.
  • – Over the course of the three E-Prixs in Monaco, Envision Virgin Racing have only had one finish in the principality. This came courtesy of Sam Bird when he finished in fourth place back in Season 1. Both Bird and Robin Frijns failed to see the chequered flag this season after both being involved in separate incidents towards the end of the race.
  • – With both BMW i Andretti and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler failing to score in Monaco, no team has managed to score in every race this season. Last season Techeetah, Virgin and Mahindra scored points in every race.
  • – After scoring 31 points in Monaco, DS Techeetah have extended their championship lead to 38 points, the biggest gap in the Team’s Championship since Berlin last season. The gap at the top of the Driver’s Championship remains as close as ever, with the Vergne leading Andre Lotterer by just one point (which has been the gap for the previous five races).
  • – Between the 22 drivers a total of 1033 laps were completed during the race; this is the first E-Prix to pass the 1000 laps mark.

Overall Position changes

For the second time this season, after Marrakesh, Andre Lotterer was the driver to gain the most places in the race, moving from the 20th on the grid to finish in seventh, and keeping hold of second in the championship.

This is the fourth time in his Formula E career that Lotterer has managed to gain ten or more places in a single E-Prix. Only Lucas di Grassi (6), Jerome d’Ambrosio (6) and Mitch Evans (5) have gained ten places on more occasions. This is the 16th time this season that a driver has finished ten or more places above where they started, surpassing the previous record of 15 from Season 4.

A total of six drivers gained exactly one place in the Monaco E-Prix. This is the record for the most drivers to gain the same number of places in one Formula E race.

For the first time this season both BMW i Andretti drivers finished below where they started. Antonio Felix da Costa crossed the line in sixth place but was later disqualified for going over 200kW of power, becoming the first driver since Daniel Abt in Hong Kong last season to be disqualified. The other BMW driver of Alexander Sims lost a total of seven places after colliding with Robin Frijns late in the race.

Super in Super Pole

A time of 50.140 in the Group 3 of Qualifying in Monaco was enough to see Sebastien Buemi make it into Super Pole for the 25th time in Formula E, the Nissan e.dams driver being the first to reach this milestone. The Swiss driver has achieved at least six Super Pole appearances in every season, since the rule was introduced in Season 2. Buemi has seven Super Pole appearances in just the nine races this season, so he could easily equal or beat Jean-Eric Vergne’s record of nine Super Pole appearances in Season 3.

British and French drivers have made the most appearances in Super Pole, with each nation having 39 appearances. Seven British drivers (Bird, Turvey, Rowland, Lynn, Sims, Conway and Paffett) have made it to Super Pole, the most of any nation. A total of 12 nations have had drivers in Super Pole and four nations (Canada, China, Monaco and Italy) have not had a driver in Super Pole.

Buemi has topped a total of six Qualifying Groups sessions in Season 2, no other drivers have managed to top more than three in a single season. Sam Bird, along with Buemi, are the only two drivers to have topped Qualifying Group sessions in every season

Even though Felix Rosenqvist has taken six Pole Positions in Formula E, he has only managed to top two Qualifying Groups sessions (Berlin Race 1 Season 3 and Marrakesh Season 4), both races which Rosenqvist ended up qualifying third, but winning the race. On the other end of the spectrum, Lucas di Grassi and Andre Lotterer have topped two more Qualifying Groups sessions then they have taken Pole Positions.

Drivers on the Podium

With Felipe Massa claiming his first podium in Formula E, he became the 14th driver to stand on the podium in Season 5, a record for a single season. So, with Venturi scoring their third podium of the season in their home race, they have equalled the team’s podium tally from the previous four seasons combined.

With Vergne’s third podium of the season, the French driver has equalled his former teammate, Sam Bird, in terms of the number of podiums, they both currently sit on 17 each. They are both still behind Sebastien Buemi (22) and Lucas di Grassi (29).

Even though Vergne has less podiums than Buemi and di Grassi, the DS Techeetah driver has shared the rostrum with a total of 16 drivers, more than anyone else.

As well as seeing a record number of drivers on the podium this season, the record for the number of teams on the podium has also been equalled. A total of nine teams have finished in the top three (equalling Season 4).

About Tom Bryan
Tom is a mathematics university student, who runs the @FormulaEStats twitter page, which gives a variety of facts and stats about the ABB Formula E Championship.