Nick Cassidy has taken the lead in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ Championship after victory in Monaco.
Cassidy started the race in ninth place, but the Envision Racing driver then attacked during the early few laps of the race and passed two drivers at the hairpin to move into fifth place.
Then he moved passed Evans and Nato at Turn 1 to move into third before the attack mode sequence started.
Then it was the battle of attack modes and when best to use them. Polesitter Jake Hughes took his first and as a result fell down the order, allowing Cassidy to make progress up the order.
Cassidy took the lead of the race after the Attack Mode sequence ended, but he was under huge pressure from fellow countryman Mitch Evans.
Evans looked like he had the pace and useable energy to pass Cassidy, but struggled to find a way through. Then a safety car came out to recover Maximilian Guenther’s car after the Maserati driver crashed into Dan Ticktum going uphill through Beau Rivage.
There were no added laps due to the safety car being in effect within the last five laps of the race, which allowed a flat-out finish to the end of the race.
With two laps to go another safety car was called to recover Nico Mueller’s stricken ABT after it hit the wall at Saint Devote following contact with Sam Bird’s Jaguar, and the race finished behind the safety car which ensured Cassidy’s victory.
The 28-year-old has now won two races back-to-back after taking victory in Sunday’s race in Berlin two weeks earlier.
Evans secured second place for Jaguar Racing as the championship protagonists begin to emerge as we head into the second half of the season.
Jake Dennis came home in third place for Avalanche Andretti as the Porsche powertrains seem to be playing catch up to the Jaguar powertrains.
Nissan could not take advantage of their strong qualifying pace in Monaco as Sacha Fenestraz fell to fourth place and the Nissan-powered McLaren of Jake Hughes dropped from pole position to fifth place at the chequered flag.
Dan Ticktum finished the race in sixth for the Nio 333 team. The British driver damaged his front wing in a collision with Fenestraz and then was involved in the collision that caused the end of Guenther’s race.
The stewards ruled that it was a racing incident after Ticktum defended heavily against Guenther up the hill towards Casino Square. Guenther hit the wall and was forced to retire with suspension damage.
Jean-Eric Vergne came from the back of the grid to finish in seventh after the DS Penske cars were disqualified from qualifying after a tire pressure infringement.
Sebastien Buemi in the other Envision Racing car finished the race in eighth place with Stoffel Vandoorne also coming from the back to finish in the points in ninth.
Sam Bird secured the final point of the race by finishing in tenth, but he was the driver that hit Nico Mueller which caused the race to end under safety car conditions. However, the crash was regarded as a racing incident.
Pascal Wehrlein ended the race outside of the points again for Porsche and was forced to relinquish his control of the championship lead that he has held since the second race of the season in Diriyah.