PREVIEW: Everything you need to know ahead of the Monaco E-Prix, 30 April

­­­The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship makes its fifth visit to the most iconic street circuit in motorsport and Monaco this weekend (30 April) for Round 6 of Season 8 on the glamourous French Riviera.

Formula E heads to Monaco this weekend (30 April) with 11 teams and 22 world-class drivers all-set to take in the historic Circuit de Monaco’s storied turns and vistas.

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The field of all-electric cars will once again race up the hill through Mirabeau and the famous Casino Square, round the Grand Hotel Hairpin and through the inimitable Monaco tunnel ahead of the Nouvelle Chicane.

DS TECHEETAH’s Antonio Felix Da Costa claimed victory last season in an absolute classic – undoubtedly one of the most exciting races in the history of Formula E, capping a first outing on the full Monaco circuit with an audacious overtake at the exit of the tunnel on the final lap of the race for the win.

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The race saw 28 overtakes between the top six runners alone, with the lead changing six times. The 2021 track incorporated a modified chicane on the harbourfront, which will disappear this year in favour of the typical Nouvelle Chicane layout.

Raceday gets underway with Free Practice from 07:30 local time, qualifying at 10:45 and Round 6 itself from 15:00 CET. Keep track of all the action at fiaformulae.com/live and tune in where you are via fiaformulae.com/watch.

As it stands…

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) tops the pile in the Drivers’ World Championship on the way to Monaco, following a strong weekend in Rome, finished off in style with second in Round 5 and silverware.

The Frenchman – Formula E’s only double champion – is also the only driver this season to have scored in every race so far. Although he left Rome claiming he could and should have had more out of the double-header in the Italian capital, he has to be happy at the start he’s made to Season 8.

READ MORE: Formula E shows how overtaking's done in Monaco

Vergne was a winner in the Principality back in 2019, and he will be hoping his record on the Monegasque streets helps him steal a march on the tightly-bunched pack heading into the second half of the campaign.

Just two points back is Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns. The Dutchman has three podiums under his belt – more than any other driver – and he’s been as quick as any in the opening rounds of 2021/22.

Stoffel Vandoorne is another two points adrift of Frijns in third as it stands, with Mercedes-EQ the Teams’ World Championship leaders, though reigning champion Nyck de Vries’ hasn’t had it all his own way early on – the Dutchman leading home a Mercedes one-two in the opening race in Diriyah but managing a best of just sixth position since.

Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH podium Mexico City E-Prix Formula EJean-Eric Vergne's podium in Mexico City fired him top of the standings

Jaguar TCS Racing enjoyed an unparalleled weekend in Rome last time out with a win-double for Mitch Evans firing the Kiwi right up to fourth and within touching distance of the top of the standings. He missed out on the final lap to da Costa last year in Monaco but proved and continues to show he has the pace to go one better this time around.

READ MORE: Jaguar back on track after Evans' win-double in Rome

Edo Mortara sits sixth for home squad, Monegasque outfit ROKiT Venturi Racing – which recently announced it’s to partner with Maserati from 2022/23.

TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team couldn’t quite mirror its Mexico City glory in Rome. Nevertheless, Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein sit a strong sixth and seventh in the running with Porsche second only to Mercedes-EQ in the Teams’ contest.

With three winners in Monaco in four races, and just a handful of points splitting the championship’s top five, the 2022 Monaco E-Prix Round 6 is the jewel in the crown any number of drivers will have their eyes on.

Gen3 unveiled

The future of all-electric high-performance motorsport has been revealed by Formula E and the Fedration Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) at the Yacht Club de Monaco where the third-generation Formula E race car was officially unveiled to the public.

READ MORE: Formula E and FIA reveal all-electric Gen3 race car in Monaco

The Gen3 is the world’s first race car designed and optimised specifically for street racing. It will debut in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where some of the world’s greatest manufacturers race wheel-to-wheel on the streets of iconic global cities.

Developed by engineers and sustainability experts at the FIA and Formula E, the Gen3 is the pinnacle of high performance, efficiency and sustainability. Designed to show the world that high performance and sustainability can powerfully co-exist without compromise, the Gen3 pioneers cutting-edge technologies that will make the transfer from race to road.

Formula E and the FIA will also host a roundtable event bringing together leaders from manufacturers across the automotive sector. This summit will focus on the potential innovations and technology roadmaps for the Gen4 era as Formula E affirms its position as the pinnacle of electric mobility development and racing.

The full, traditional Monaco circuit

For the 2022 Monaco E-Prix, the amended Nouvelle chicane will make way for the full, traditional circuit layout around the Principality’s harbourfront.

The 19-turn, 3.337 km track will see the pack climb the hill at Sainte Devote and Mirabeau, through the iconic Casino Square around the Grand Hotel Hairpin and of course, into the tunnel and by the harbourfront.

Frederic Espinos, Sporting Director, Formula E said: "The 2021 Monaco E-Prix remains one of the finest races in Formula E history with an unprecedented number of overtakes.

"Our drivers are used to driving in street circuits which is why Monaco, one of the most iconic circuits in the world that all drivers know inside out, is particularly suitable for showcasing the unique style of Formula E motorsport. We can't wait to see what the 2022 race and the drama that awaits".

Monaco maestros

“Monaco is Monaco, it’s just magic,” says Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH). 

Vergne’s one of three drivers on the grid to have taken the chequered flag first in Formula E around Monte Carlo’s hallowed harbourfront, with a lights-to-flag masterclass on his way to Drivers’ Championship number two back in 2018/19. The DS driver is the driver with the target on his back at the moment, atop the Drivers' table. He's as well placed as any to get his hands on the winners' Moet & Chandon this weekend.

Vergne's DSTECHEETAH teammate Antonio Felix da Costa is the only other winner around the streets of the Principality to-date, after sealing the victory on the final lap of last year's race.

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) is the current "Electric Mr Monaco" with the Swiss having made two trips to the top step of the podium there. Nissan's early-season form amid fierce competition would suggest it may take some magic for two to become three for Buemi.

Follow live

Follow every lap from Monaco as it happens in the Live Hub. Keep across Live Timing – including a real-time interactive track map and the ability to follow your favourite driver – plus detailed session reports, exclusive interviews, all the standings and results as well as reaction from the ground means fans won’t miss a moment.

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New for Season 8, there’s a full race day rundown pulling together everything on-track with the best of social media and in-race clips – alongside the usual Live Hub experience that debuted in Season 7. Get involved using #ABBFormulaE.

The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to Driver Radio for live reactions from the cockpit and the pit wall as the race plays out. To listen in, download now on iOS and Android.

Watch

Don't miss a minute of Season 8. Keep track of the best ways to tune in where you are at fiaformulae.com/watch.

Get involved

Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 8, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.

Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Round 6 opens on Tuesday 26 April, until 15 minutes into the race. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.

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It's free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes - selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.