FACTS AND STATS: Mid-season records and overtaking in Monaco

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FACTS AND STATS: Mid-season records and overtaking in Monaco

We've hit the halfway stage of Season 9 and records have tumbled left, right and centre with GEN3 providing the entertainment. Monaco's next, here's the Principality in numbers.

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GEN3's maiden season reaches halfway stage

- GEN3's first season is now 50% complete. The first eight races have seen six different winners for five different teams with only TAG Heuer Porsche steering both drivers to the top step. A total of 10 drivers have finished on the podium and every full-time driver has scored a point, while only one driver - Norman Nato (Nissan) - has failed to make the Duels in qualifying

- Some 18 drivers have led a lap so far in 2022/23 - that's a Formula E record - with every team managing to lead a race for at least a lap. The Jaguar-powered teams have led the most laps - Jaguar TCS Racing 65 to Envision Racing's 64 - but neither lead the Teams’ World Championship

- Amid all of that, Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein leads the championship heading to Monte Carlo but now just by four points; the closest it has been since he took the lead after winning race two in Diriyah. One pattern has emerged, though, with the six drivers to win this season forming the top six in the Drivers' standings

- Berlin itself saw records smashed for lead changes and race leaders. Prior to the double-header in the German capital, the record number of lead changes – when recorded at the start-finish line – was eight, at Rome 2021, with the most different leaders in a single race being six, not seen since the days of Gen1 car changes in Miami in Season 1 and Putrajaya Season 2

- By contrast, Round 7 from Berlin saw eight different leaders exchange top spot some 20 times in 43 laps, and Round 8 saw seven exchange P1 16 times. Not a single retirement in Berlin either, for the fourth time - Tempelhof is the only circuit to see every driver finish a race

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Monaco in numbers

- Monaco is the smallest country Formula E has visited, with an area of just 2.02km/sq. Monaco is also the smallest country by population that Formula E has raced in, with the Principality having a population of just over 36,000

- Monaco is only one of three cities on the Season 9 calendar which also featured on the inaugural Season 1 calendar (along with Berlin and London). This weekend's race will be #109 in Formula E

- Monaco is one of the faster circuits on the Formula E calendar – Mitch Evans’s pole lap last season saw an average speed of 133.719 km/h (83.093 mph), in the eighth season of electric single seater racing. Contrast this with the Monaco GP, where the pole average speed was still only 132.686 km/h 48 years after the event began in 1929

- Monaco is notorious for its difficulty to overtake in other motorsport series'. However, in Formula E this is not the case, with three of the five races in Monaco having seen a driver gain at least 10 positions in the race. Last season’s race even saw Sebastien Buemi gain 14 positions to finish in eighth place having started 22nd on the grid

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- In Berlin, there were over 40 lead changes. However, the first three Formula E visits to Monaco, in Seasons 1, 3 and 5, all saw the polesitter lead from start to finish. Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi are the only two drivers to have led three Formula E races from start to finish. The last time a driver led the whole race from pole was Jake Dennis during race one of the 2022 London E-Prix

- Sebastien Buemi is the only driver to have won the Monaco E-Prix twice (in Season 1 and Season 3). However, none of the current teams on the grid have won in Monaco. Renault e.dams won the first two races in the Principality, Techeetah have twice won in Monaco and Mercedes-EQ claimed victory last season

- Sebastien Buemi holds the record for the most points scored in Monaco, with 70 points

- Techeetah are the only team to have scored over 100 points in Monaco (101). Of the current teams on the grid, Envision Racing and Jaguar TCS Racing are the highest scoring, with both teams having scored 55 points in Monaco

- No driver has outqualified their teammate in all five visits to Monaco. However, Jean-Eric Vergne, Lucas di Grassi, Mitch Evans and Robin Frijns have all outqualified their teammates four times in Monaco. Sam Bird is currently 0-5 against his teammates in Monaco qualifying, having been outqualified in all five visits to the Principality

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Overtaking in Monaco? No problem!

- The 2021 Monaco E-Prix saw 28 different overtakes across the top six positions. However, all six of the top six drivers on the grid still finished in their starting position (the only time that this has happened in Formula E). The 2022 Mexico City E-Prix saw the top seven drivers on the grid finish in the top seven (albeit not in the same order that they started)

- The polesitter has failed to convert their starting position into a win for the last 11 E-Prix. However, the first four Monaco E-Prix saw the driver starting on Julius Baer Pole Position claim victory. Stoffel Vandoorne’s win in Season 8 is the only exception to the rule, having won from 2nd place on the grid

- Standings leaders TAG Heuer Porsche have not scored any points in their two visits to Monaco. On the last two visits, only once has a Porsche driver finished the race, which was Andre Lotterer’s 17th place finish in Season 7. Wehrlein did lead here in Season 8 before technical trouble saw him retire on Lap 16

- Each visit to Monaco has seen the appearance of either the Safety Car or Full Course Yellow

- The Monte Carlo circuit will be the first track in Season 9 to be over three kilometres in length. The longest track so far this season was in Sao Paulo at 2.933 kilometres. The Monaco layout used between Season 1 and Season 5, confined to La Condamine in Port Hercule, was the shortest layout ever used in Formula E, at a length of just 1.765 kilometres

- The Monaco E-Prix is the only Formula E race to have lasted over 50 laps. Both the Season 3 and Season 5 races were 51 laps in length.

- Both Antonio Felix da Costa and Sebastien Buemi have completed every lap of all five races in Monaco. Will their finishing streaks continue in Season 9?