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Round 7

Monte Carlo

Sat. 9 May. 2015

Race
Monte Carlo

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Highlights from Monaco

Race

Round 7, ePrix Monaco : Sébastien Buemi (e.Dams), Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt), Nelson Piquet JR (NEXTEV TCR)

backstage

It was a crazy driver autograph session in Monaco! Lots of people came to meet the drivers. Here is Nelson Piquet Jr.

Race

Start

our Expertise

There is very good grip her. This track is different from the previous and more exotic ones. Monaco is closer to a permanent track, the asphalt has a good level of grip and the Michelin Pilot Sport EV tyres work well here. Wear rates comply with our predictions.

Serge Grisin, Formula E Programme Manager, Michelin Motosport

backstage

The 2013 World Endurance Champion and three-time Le Mans winner Allan McNish lives in Monaco. It's his son's 10th birthday today and he's treating him to a day at the Monaco ePrix. Yet he took time to address a group of 30 Michelin North America guests, all motor racing fans. They will be able to enjoy this afternoon's race with a little insider information after Allan's extremely interesting talk about car and tyre technology, and about the different drivers, many of whom he has raced with or against...

backstage

In the eVillage, DHL gave visitors a chance to generate their own electricity on a bicycle. The harder they pedalled, the more energy they created!

backstage

It was possible to sample a little slot-car racing on Renault's eViallage stand. Future Buemis or di Grassis in the making?

backstage

Souvenir snap-shots with Bib the Michelin man before the race!

Race

It must be the best view to watch the Monaco ePrix !

Race

Pole position for Sébastien Buemi (edams Renault) in 53.478

ABOUT THE race

I'm the only driver here who has never raced at Monaco, but I've done millions of kilometres here on my Playstation!

Nicolas Prost, eDams Renault

Race

Prost (photo) and his e.dams Renault team mate were the only two drivers to lap in less than 55s during free practice at Monaco.

Video

Final countdown

Video

Monaco aquarium visit

backstage

It's a big day in Monaco. More than 300 journalists are expected in the new media center (Formula 1 and Formula E). The autoracinglive.com time is ready for work! Enjoy!

discover the city

E-biker Julien Dupont did a lap of the Monaco ePrix track for autoracinglive.com on his electric trial bike fitted with our 360° video camera. Enjoy ! Julien works for the company 'Ride the World'. At each Formula E event, his crew entertains the crowd with their electric trial bikes.

full story on eyes.kolor.com

Track

pit lane

Length: 1.76km
Turns: 12
Live news
  • 09.05.15 - 17h13
    That's all from Monaco. We'll be back with more live-text commentary in Berlin in two weeks' time! Thanks for sharing the excitement in our company
  • 09.05.15 - 17h12
    Nelson Piquet Jr (NEXTEV TCR, 3rd): "I think starting position was more important than I thought. Regardless of that, I gained a place when I had to and scored some good points. We're her to win the championship and I'm sure it's going to get very close in the last four race."
  • 09.05.15 - 17h12
    A quick mention to the Monaco marshals who managed to clear the extensive Lap 1 accident damage extremely quickly to ensure a great show for the packed grandstands! Bravo, messieurs et mesdames les Commissaires!
  • 09.05.15 - 17h10
    Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt, 2nd): "It's my fifth podium finish in the championship and I'm still in the lead. It was a very good race and very nice to be here in Monaco, an iconic place. I tried a different strategy to Buemi to try to make a difference. It didn't work but I had to try something."
  • 09.05.15 - 17h06
    Sébastien Buemi (Monaco ePrix winner): "It's great, especially to have won from pole position. I led in Buenos Aires, as well, before I made a small mistake. Victory is a special feeling here in Monaco. I couldn't be happier!"
  • 09.05.15 - 17h03
    And now it's the champagne-spraying part of the post-race protocol! It's all smiles at e.dams-Renault. No wonder! The French team is still well clear in the Formula E Teams' standings with four races remaining (Berlin, Moscow, London x 2)
  • 09.05.15 - 17h00
    The Swiss and French national anthems ring out over the Principality to salute the victory of Buelmi and e.dams-Renault
  • 09.05.15 - 16h57
    Barely is the race over than Buemi receives the winner's trophy from the hands of HRH Prince Albert II.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h57
    Seven of the 20 starters are not counted as finishers: Liuzzi, Vergne (fastest race lap), Duran, Duval, Abt, Senna and Alguersuari.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h55
    Bird, d'Ambrosio and Prost round off the top six. Then there's a big gap down to Sarrazin, Speed and Pic.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h54
    It was a text book lights-to-flag victory for the Swiss driver who pushed home the advantage of winning qualifying to beat Brazilians di Grassi (2nd) and Piquet (3rd)
  • 09.05.15 - 16h53
    Victory in the streets of Monaco has seen e.Dams-Renault's Sébastien Buemi become the first driver since the start of the FIA Formula E Championship last September to win two races!
  • 09.05.15 - 16h51
    Final lap: Buemi en route to Monaco glory
  • 09.05.15 - 16h50
    Piquet has backed off slightly. There's a gap of 1.6s between the two Brazilians now. Three laps to go. Can Bueli be the first driver to win two races?
  • 09.05.15 - 16h48
    Next time round, Piquet tries to find a way through the inside at the chicane. But di Grassi defends perfectly. Bueli is 3.2s clear at the front
  • 09.05.15 - 16h47
    Di Grassi has to lock up as he defends second place from the hard-pressing Piquet at the chicane
  • 09.05.15 - 16h44
    Now Pïquet is back on di Grassi's tail (+0.562s)
  • 09.05.15 - 16h43
    Vergne now has the fastest race lap (Lap 32): 55.157s. 10 laps to go
  • 09.05.15 - 16h41
    Fastest race lap update: Duval (55.891s) on Lap 19
  • 09.05.15 - 16h41
    We're a quarter of the way into the race and pole-sitter Buemi still leads. He has led since the start.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h39
    Piquet still being hounded by Bird, and now also d'Ambrosio for third place
  • 09.05.15 - 16h38
    The gap between race leader Buemi and his closest threat di Grassi is up to more than three seconds. Eneregy management on behalf of the Brazilian?
  • 09.05.15 - 16h36
    Race Control says no further action after investigation into Turn 1/Turn 2 incident
  • 09.05.15 - 16h35
    Di Grassi will have an extra lap to cover compared with Buemi and Piquet. Piquet is under pressure from Bird in the scrap for third
  • 09.05.15 - 16h34
    So, after everybody's mandatory pit stops, the top three is unchanged - Buemi, di Grassi, Piquet - with similar gaps...
  • 09.05.15 - 16h33
    Buemi re-joins just in front of di Grassi who tries to pass the Swiss driver down to the chicane. But Buemi holds firm. The pit stops cost Sarrazin two places but Bird improved by three places to go fourth
  • 09.05.15 - 16h31
    Also in pits are nearly everyone but Piquet and Buemi who both stop after Lap 25
  • 09.05.15 - 16h30
    Could it be Audi Sport Abt's tactic to get di Grassi out of Buemi's slipstream.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h29
    Di Grassi is the first front-runner to pit for his mandatory car swap...
  • 09.05.15 - 16h28
    Bruno Senna (victim of Turn 1 shunt): "I landed from a metre high and I feel very stiff, but I'm okay. I don't really know what happened
  • 09.05.15 - 16h27
    Buemi and di Grassi split by 0.470s, then a small gap to Piquet who heads a procession of four cars down to Bird in sixth spot
  • 09.05.15 - 16h25
    The top seven are covered by less than five seconds! Buemi is holding on to his lead
  • 09.05.15 - 16h25
    Bird has passed Prost into sixth place at the end of the start/finish straight
  • 09.05.15 - 16h24
    Duval re-joins, but Abt in pit lane now and his car is being pushed into the Audi Sport Abt garage.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h23
    Piquet is now on the tail of di Grassi...
  • 09.05.15 - 16h22
    Duval has putted his Dragon Racing car. the team is working on the front of the car
  • 09.05.15 - 16h20
    Piquet is gaining ground, with d'Ambrosio, Sarrazin, prost and Bird queuing up behind the Brazilian. Then there's a gap to eighth-placed Trulli
  • 09.05.15 - 16h18
    After the first lap drama, the race has started to settle down as attention focuses on the scrap between Buemi and di Grassi for supremacy in the streets of Monaco
  • 09.05.15 - 16h17
    Liuzzi is back in the race, but five laps down on the leaders.!
  • 09.05.15 - 16h17
    The fastest race lap is now the property of Piquet (56.768s)
  • 09.05.15 - 16h16
    Buemi and di Grassi are pulling away from the pack at an amazing rate. Third-placed Piquet is four seconds back!
  • 09.05.15 - 16h14
    Liuzzi failed to re-join the race after his Lap 1 pit stop
  • 09.05.15 - 16h14
    Fastest race lap for Buemi: 57.226s.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h14
    Spped, who is continuing with front-end damage has been passed by Da Costa into 11th
  • 09.05.15 - 16h13
    Race leader Buemi is under pressure from di Grassi as Piquet does his best to join the leading duo after passing d'Ambrosio
  • 09.05.15 - 16h11
    Piquet has found a way past d'Ambrosio into third place...
  • 09.05.15 - 16h10
    The order is Buemi, Di Grassi, D'Ambrosio and Piquet - the qualifying order...
  • 09.05.15 - 16h10
    Sarrazin has leapt from eighth on the grid to fifth, chased by Prost
  • 09.05.15 - 16h09
    Debris has been cleared and we're green again. Buemi leads...
  • 09.05.15 - 16h07
    Who's to blame? The first contact is down to Vergne (before Saint Devote), then a massive tangle as Senna leapfrogs (!) Abt. Buemi got away to a perfect start.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h07
    The victims of the tangle are Vergne, Duval, Duran, Abt, Liuzzi, Senna and Alguersuari. The firts three have been in and out of their pits to have bits of car replaced.
  • 09.05.15 - 16h05
    The grid has been cleared
  • 09.05.15 - 16h01
    A disastrous start to the Monaco ePrix as several cars tangle just before and just after Sainte Devote. The Safety Car is despatched immediately. How many cars out of the race already?
  • 09.05.15 - 16h00
    We're in for 47 laps of the shortened version of Monaco's world famous Formula 1 Grand Prix track. The Formula E layout does not feature the climb to the Casino and all the section to the tunnel exit...
  • 09.05.15 - 15h58
    There was tension between Di Grassi and Piquet after qualifying when the NEXTEV TCR driver believed his fellow Brazilian slowed him during qualifying. Will that resentment spill over into the race. the two drivers are 2nd and 4th on the grid respectively.
  • 09.05.15 - 15h56
    Helmets are going on and the drivers are receiving their last words of advice from their teams before they make themselves comfortable in their cars. The 'grid positioning' procedure is scheduled for 4:03pm, followed by the start 60 seconds later...
  • 09.05.15 - 15h49
    HSH Prince Albert II: "Formula E is a great step forward. I've been dreaming of holding an electric car race in the Principality for several years now. To see the performance of these Formula E cars here today in just incredible."
  • 09.05.15 - 15h46
    There's a driver group photo being taken in front of HSH Prince Albert II's tribune next to the start/finish line. And now it's time for the Monaco national anthem before the drivers disperse.
  • 09.05.15 - 15h43
    A reminder that Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt) tops the championship standings after six rounds of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship. He is provisionally one point clear of fellow Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing). E.dams-Renault's Nicolas Prost and Sébastien Buemi (who pocketed today's qualifying bonus point) follow in thrid and fourth places.
  • 09.05.15 - 15h40
    The drivers will be focusing on how to keep out of trouble around the twisty, narrow Monaco track. The funnel-like right-hander after Saint Devote will see them all hold their breath, as will the braking for the next right-hand hairpin. To be honest, though, there's probably not a place where they will be able to relax, especially during the opning laps...
  • 09.05.15 - 15h26
    The cars are almost all in position on the grid which is shaded from the sunshine by umbrella pines
  • 09.05.15 - 15h23
    There's a little more than half-an-hour to go until the start of the 2015 Monaco ePrix. The sun is shining, it's a pleasant 22°C and the grandstands are filling up fast as the spectators take up position in one of the big grandstands that line the 1.79km track.
  • 09.05.15 - 15h14
    The three drivers who will benefit from the fan Boost at Monaco are Nelson Piquet Jr, Salvador Duran and Jean-Eric Vergne. Expect them to hit the boost button at the start of the start/Finish straight or at the start of the straight from sainte Devote to the harpin right (otherwise known as the chicane in the world of F1!).
  • 09.05.15 - 13h02
    That's all from Monaco for the moment. The ePrix itself is scheduled to start at 4:04pm local time (47 laps).
  • 09.05.15 - 12h59
    So, Buemi collects his second Formula E pole for eDams-Renault after his previous qualifying victory in Buenos AIres. The Swiss driver will be joined on this afternoon's front row by the championship leader Lucas di Grassi (ABT).
  • 09.05.15 - 12h58
    The last flying lap of qualifying for the Monaco ePrix sees Heidfeld jump to 10th with a 54.129s
  • 09.05.15 - 12h53
    Alguersuari has gone to P8 with a time of 54.021s
  • 09.05.15 - 12h52
    There is a green flag at Monaco again
  • 09.05.15 - 12h52
    Only Alguersuari and Trulli are back out so far
  • 09.05.15 - 12h52
    Now all four of the group's survivors are out...
  • 09.05.15 - 12h51
    The clock is stopped. There are 6m07s of the session remaining
  • 09.05.15 - 12h50
    Red flag after Da Costa smashes his Amlin Aguri car exiting Tabac
  • 09.05.15 - 12h50
    The blue car is swiftly cleared from the track by the trained ACM marshals
  • 09.05.15 - 12h43
    We're green for the last mini-session.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h41
    Sébastien Buemi, who had pole snatched from him at the last moment at Long Beach: "I don't know if I will start from pole but I will at least be at the front of the grid."
  • 09.05.15 - 12h40
    Last to appear are Alguersuari, Liuzzi, Da Costa, Heidfeld and Trulli
  • 09.05.15 - 12h39
    That's it for Group 3. Buemi is the new pole-sitter for e.Dams-Renault.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h39
    Just one more qualifying group to appear round Monaco's 1.79km ePrix circuit.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h38
    Could Scott Speed post a quick final lap to go up the order? No. A 54.347s leaves him 13th out of 15 drivers so far.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h34
    Strange... The Group 3 drivers don't appear to be pushing. That said, Duval goes P4 with a 53.804s and, now, Buemi takes provisional pole with a 53.478s!
  • 09.05.15 - 12h32
    Out goes Duran as well now
  • 09.05.15 - 12h32
    The first flyers see Buemi appear in sixth spot (54.015s)
  • 09.05.15 - 12h31
    It's green again at Monaco for the third qualifying group.... Track order is Duval, Speed, Buemi and Pic, with Duran still in the pits
  • 09.05.15 - 12h29
    For sure, it won't be another Formula E pole position for Nicolas Prost who is currently 5th on the grid with 10 drivers still to qualify.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h29
    For sure, it won't be another Formula E pole position for Nicolas Prost who is currently 5th on the grid with 10 drivers still to qualify.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h28
    Next in action are Pic, Duval, Duran, Buemi and Speed...
  • 09.05.15 - 12h28
    Di Grassi's investigation appears to concern the Brazilian's 'baulking' of Piquet...
  • 09.05.15 - 12h25
    So Di Grassi (under investigation) still holds sprovisional pole, 0.033s clear of D'Ambrosio and 0.043s ahead of Piquet Junior.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h24
    Again, all five drivers have pitted with a minute of the 10-minute session remaining.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h22
    D'Ambrosio has gone up to P2 with a 53.702s and Abt is up to fourth (53.891s).
  • 09.05.15 - 12h21
    This is a waiting game as nobody seems to want to put a strong time in the bank. Might it change this time round?
  • 09.05.15 - 12h21
    Sarrazin goes fourth with a 54.133s, beaten moments afterwards by Prost (53.909s) and Senna 54.035s)
  • 09.05.15 - 12h18
    D'Ambrosio goes third overall with a 53.909s
  • 09.05.15 - 12h17
    The Group 2 mini-session has started and the driver order on the track is Prost, Abt, Senna d'Ambrosio and Sarrazin
  • 09.05.15 - 12h17
    The first flying laps are just to get the drivers warmed up. Senna clocks a 55.222s
  • 09.05.15 - 12h13
    Car 11 (Di Grassi) is reported to be "under investigation"
  • 09.05.15 - 12h09
    Next to go are Prost, Senna, Abt, d'Ambrosio and Sarrazin
  • 09.05.15 - 12h08
    All the Group 1 drivers have pitted with more than a minute to go in the mini-session...
  • 09.05.15 - 12h08
    So, provisional pole-sitter is Lucas Di Grassi and the time to beat is 53.669s
  • 09.05.15 - 12h07
    Just as we say that, Piquet Jr consolidates his advantage with a 53.712s, the fastest lap of the day so far.
  • 09.05.15 - 12h07
    Now Di Grassi has improved to 53.669s
  • 09.05.15 - 12h05
    All five Group 1 drivers have squeezed beneath the 55-second mark, but nobody has got beneath 54 seconds round the 1.79km track
  • 09.05.15 - 12h04
    The weather is more overcast than it was first thing this morning, but the temperature still stands at 21°C
  • 09.05.15 - 12h03
    Qualifying has started at Monaco. The first round of flying laps has seen Jean-Eric Vergne emerge on with a 58.559s...
  • 09.05.15 - 12h03
    Now the real times are coming in and Nelson Piquet leads with a 54.172s
  • 09.05.15 - 11h28
    Next on today's Formula E menu at Monaco is qualifying which starts at midday. We listed the draw for the four driver groups a little earlier. Scroll down to find them...
  • 09.05.15 - 11h20
    FIA President Jeen Todt speaking at Press Conference in Monaco: progress [of the Formula E Championship] is "very pleasing. Amazing to have put together such a strong championship. The Middle East and Africa aren't covered for the moment. That's something that will happen soon."
  • 09.05.15 - 11h20
    Formula E President Alessandro Agag at Press Conference in Monaco: "We are looking at two more rounds for the 2015/2016 Formula E CHampionship before we put our calendar forward for approval by the FIA in July. We are still waiting for a decision regarding Paris, which would be a fantastic race. In principal, we will keep all this championship's venues, and we are looking at three or four new ones."
  • 09.05.15 - 11h01
    The chequered flag puts an end to FP1. Senna collects the best lap at the very last moment. The Brazilian posts a 53.770s. If you add the fastest sector times together, the total is 53.591s...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h53
    There's an e.Dams Renault in trouble at Sainte Devote but it is able to continue
  • 09.05.15 - 10h50
    Green again
  • 09.05.15 - 10h48
    Session to restart at 10:50am...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h46
    Best time of the day so far, and it's Jaime Alguersuari who posts it: 53.872s...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h46
    The red flag is shown again as the same bollard at the Swimming Pool is wiped out by an Amlin Aguri driver...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h44
    Now it's Alguersuari's turn in front (54.555s)
  • 09.05.15 - 10h43
    Di Grassi's just posted a 54.744s, but that's still short of Prost...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h38
    Indeed, it's green again in the Principality...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h37
    The red flag is out at Monaco after a bollard becomes loose at the Swimming Pool complex...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h37
    The session's best time so far is the wrok of Heidfeld: 55.071s
  • 09.05.15 - 10h37
    Race Control says session will re-start at 10:38. The bollard is back in place
  • 09.05.15 - 10h33
    Sarrazin goes straight to the top of the session's order with a 55.687s, but that's more than a second down on Prost's best effort in FP1
  • 09.05.15 - 10h31
    Spin for Abt at Sainte Devote. No harm done...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h30
    The cars are out for FP2...
  • 09.05.15 - 10h30
    E.Dams' Prost and Buemi are the keenest to get going to defend their position at the top of the order after FP1
  • 09.05.15 - 10h15
    Result of the draw for the qualifying groups just in... Group 1: Chandhok, Di Grassi, Vergne, Piquet and Bird. Group 2: Prost, Senna, Abt, d'Ambrosio and Sarrazin. Group 3: Pic, Duval, Duran, Bueli and Speed. Group 4: Aguersuari, Liuzzi, Da Costa, Heidfeld and Trulli.
  • 09.05.15 - 09h50
    Welcome back to Monaco for Free Practice 2 (30 minutes). The temperature has crept up to almost 20°C
  • 09.05.15 - 09h28
    The two Dutch solar GT Cruisers and the two are similarly-powered prototypes are currently lapping Monaco... (see separate story)
  • 09.05.15 - 09h02
    Free Practice 2 (30 minutes) follows at 10:30am local time.
  • 09.05.15 - 09h01
    Bruno Senna posted the highest number of laps during FP1 (38 laps, 68km)
  • 09.05.15 - 08h58
    The chequered flag is out at Monaco to signal the end of Free Practice 1. E.Dams-Renault tops the timesheet with Prost and Buemi, the only two drivers to post sub-55s laps.
  • 09.05.15 - 08h57
    Sam Bird is at slow speed round the Swimming Pool turns, acting as a mobile chicane...
  • 09.05.15 - 08h52
    Now Nicolas Prost makes it two e.Dams drivers in front thanks to the day's best effort so far, a 54.171s
  • 09.05.15 - 08h51
    Switzerland's Sébastien Buemi has just put e.dams-Renault on top with the first sub-55s lap (54.286s). Less than 10 minutes to go
  • 09.05.15 - 08h41
    The benchmark time has been in the hands of Charles Pic for a while now. The French ex-F1 racer is accredited with a 55.536s.
  • 09.05.15 - 08h27
    Jérôme d'Ambrosio has made two visits to the pits so far in the session, yet he's the driver who has clocked up this highest number of laps for the moment (21 laps, 37km).
  • 09.05.15 - 08h22
    Piquet Junior is now the day's fastest driver so far (56.995s). Practically all 20 drivers have appeared at the top of the order since the start of Free Practice 1 about a quarter of an hour ago.
  • 09.05.15 - 08h19
    Heidfeld takes the benchmark don to 58.750s...
  • 09.05.15 - 08h19
    Scott Speed now tops the timing screen with a 57.940s...
  • 09.05.15 - 08h18
    The early times are very close to the one-minute mark (Da Costa: 1m0.140s)
  • 09.05.15 - 08h17
    The cars are out on the track for the day's first free practice session (45 minutes)
  • 09.05.15 - 08h16
    Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing), Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) and Loic Duval (Dragon Racing) have all been handed 10-place grid penalties for the Monaco ePrix following changes to the RESS system. The Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) is a system that is designed to propel the car via the electric motor. Following a report received from the Technical Delegate the stewards penalised the three drivers for today’s race. Alguersuari, Duval and Chandhok have each used the one available 'joker' allowing one battery change throughout the season.
  • 09.05.15 - 08h12
    The temperature is almost 19°C already and the grandstands are beginning to fill around the harbour side's 1.79km track, a shortened version of the Principality's famous F1 circuit
  • 09.05.15 - 08h11
    It's a beautiful sunny day here in the Principality. Blue sky, blue sea... The perfect backdrop for the first European Formula E race of the new FIA championship.
  • 09.05.15 - 08h10
    Welcome to Monaco for live coverage of the Monaco Formula E ePrix at autoracinglive.com