10 May 19
So here we are. In the heart of one of the most iconic cities in the world, on the eve of one of the most legendary race circuits in the history of motorsport. Monaco, it sure is good to be back. Ahead of the action in round three of the voestalpine European races, here's all you need to know and what to look out for in Monaco.
With all two previous Monaco E-Prix wins under his belt, you'd be thinking Nissan e.dams' Sebastien Buemi would be feeling pretty confident ahead of the iconic race here in the harbourfront. "It would be amazing if I was able to win it," said the man dubbed 'Mr Electric Monaco'.
"Unfortunately this year has been a bit more difficult, so I'm not really thinking about the past. The past is the past and now I'm focusing on today. What happened before is nice but now I'm focusing on doing the best I can."
After eight rounds, the Swiss driver finds himself 13th in the standings with 30 points - a hefty 51 points astray of Championship leader Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing).
"It would be nice if we [as a team] could turn things around here. If there was one race you'd choose to win, I think 99 per cent of the guys would choose Monaco.
"My ability to win here is not down to one thing. I had a great car, a good team, I did a good job, I knew the track well and maybe I was a bit lucky as well. With this season, I understand that you need everything...it's a combination of things that went well in the past that caused us to win twice.
"I'm going to watch myself and make sure I get the most out of it," said the seasoned Formula E driver, looking across the harbour to the track. With no podium finish this season, a top three position would improve the the former champ's Championship chances immeasurably here in Monaco. Could this be the race he breaks through?
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For Venturi's Formula E outfit, the team will be looking forward to racing on home turf for the third time in the all-electric series. "It's a very important race for us with Gildo Pastor, our President, having headquarters here," said Venturi Team Principal Susie Wolff.
"We're obviously hoping to have a successful race here tomorrow...there's slightly more action around the race but other than that, it's business as usual."
Flying the flag for the Monegasque team is Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara, who brought home Venturi's first Formula E victory in Hong Kong earlier in the season. With prior experience on the track from his days racing in Formula One, Massa, also a Monaco resident himself, is well placed to build on his teammate's earlier success.
"It's a home E-Prix for Venturi and very important and special for us. It would be great if we could have a good race here. We're getting better race by race and more competitive...we just need a clear weekend to be able to finish on the podium. We just need to stay focused and keep working and I'm sure the result will come in the right way."
After seeing eight different winners take to the top step of the podium in eight races, it's looking mighty tight at the top of the standings. With only 11 points separating the top three and just 29 points separating the top ten drivers, Monaco is set to witness some of the most competitive racing of the season so far. "It's incredibly tight at the top, I think everyone is up there," says DS Techeetah's Andre Lotterer. With just one point separating him from the Championship lead, the German driver will be looking to take the top spot after Monaco.
"It's the first time there's a little bit of a gap [in points], which is good to be in that position. But I'm not thinking too much about the [Championship title] - I come with the same approach and prepare as much as possible.
"Hopefully we grab a few more points here to but this Championship is so tough, you just try to do the best - if there are points to take, then you just grab them.
With 12 turns, the 1.765 km track is the shortest and one of the tightest in the calendar, making it hard for all 22 drivers to battle their way through the pack.
"It's amazing that we can race here, it's such a historical place in terms of motorsport culture. The track has its pros and its cons, obviously the infrastructure is amazing and the asphalt is great. It's been good in the sim, so let's see how it all goes."