Da Costa Wins a Frantic Monaco E-Prix

Antonio Felix Da Costa has taken victory in Monaco after a stellar Monaco E-Prix where energy reduction from a safety car caused an amazing last lap finish. 

A safety car caused by Rene Rast who hit the wall at Saint Devote caused an 8kwh reduction in usable energy which set up a tense final few laps with energy management. Mitch Evans was leading the race after overtaking both Robin Frijns and Da Costa during his second Attack Mode.

However, the Jaguar driver had the least amount of energy when we restarted the race with five minutes plus a lap remaining. Evans was unable to recoup his energy deficit and on the last lap he lost out to Da Costa.  Da Costa dived down the inside and locked up at the Neuville chicane to secure the victory.

Evans was running out of energy on the last lap and on the start finish-line Frijns was able to drive past the Kiwi driver to take second leaving Evans to finish third, as Jean-Eric Vergne was unable to pass him and had to settle for fourth. Frijns is now the championship leader after his second place finish.

Frijns took control of the race on lap three as he passed Da Costa, who started on pole, at Turn 1. But later in the race Da Costa was able to use Fanboost to get back in front of Frijns just before the Neuville chicane.

Evans was one of the last front-runners to take the Attack Mode and he was able to pass both Frijns and Da Costa to take the lad, but lost out after the safety car period.

Maximilian Gunther had a strong race for BMW to come home in fifth. The German was in an intense battle with Oliver Rowland. The two drivers did collide with two laps to go, but they maintained positions and Rowland finished in sixth. Their collision is under investigation.

Sam Bird finished in the points in seventh for Jaguar after starting in 16th. Nick Cassidy came home in eighth for Envision Virgin Racing.

Andre Lotterer was ninth and Alex Lynn rounded out the top ten for Mahindra. Lucas Di Grassi and Sébastien Buemi both missed out on points in 11th and 12th.

It was a horrible day for Mercedes, as both cars failed to finish in the race and their teams’ championship lead has been reduced to two points. Vandoorne and Wehrlein seemed to come together as both driver retired at the same time.

Former Championship leader Nyck De Vries had a a horrible qualifying and started at the back, but then he cam to a halt with two laps to go and retired from the race.

 

 

 

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