Envision Jaguar driver Nick Cassidy won a typically rambunctious Formula E race in Monaco, which finished under safety car.
Cassidy’s win, coming from ninth on the grid, gave him the Formula E points lead, in what was the first lead change at the top of the standings since the second round in Diriyah. Erstwhile championship leader Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) had a muted and energy-starved drive, and only scored one belatedly inherited point despite attrition through the pack.
A Nissan powertrain 1-2-3 had held at the start, in the same position of the qualifying results with Jake Hughes leading for McLaren over the works Nissans of Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato, but the front pack was predictably jumbled big-time as most rushed to get their two attack mode activations out of the way before even the halfway point.
As that halfway point was reached, form man Cassidy was sat up in first courtesy of an aggressive early charge, him and the fellow Jaguar of Mitch Evans pacing the race from up front.
Evans was told around that time to avoid overtaking Cassidy but on lap 21 of 29 he was given the command to attack the green Envision machine.
Just a lap later, however, the safety car was triggered by the damaged Maserati of Maximilian Guenther being left parked up at Massenet.
Günther 💥 Ticktum
This is how the race ended for the Maserati MSG Racing driver and brought out the Safety Car 🚨 #MonacoEPrix pic.twitter.com/pd7I55yDJ7
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) May 6, 2023
Guenther had tried to work his way around the damaged NIO 333 of Dan Ticktum for sixth – Ticktum having crunched up his front wing against Fenestraz’s Nissan moments before – but was caught out by a Beau Rivage block from the Briton and left with a wrecked car.
The restart soon followed, and with the safety car period proving insufficient for the planned 29-lap race distance to be added to, it set up an effectively flat out run to the finish.
But that showdown ended anticlimactically, with a crash between Evans’ team-mate Sam Bird and Nico Mueller at Ste Devote – Bird tipping Mueller’s Abt Mahindra into the wall – bringing out the safety car again, this time to end the competitive portion of the race.
Jake Dennis, who continues to either finish on the podium or non-score this season, did the former in his Andretti Porsche in third, while Fenestraz picked up the Nissan works team’s best finish of the season yet in fourth.
Poleman Hughes took fifth for Nissan-powered McLaren, with Ticktum grabbing a sixth place for NIO 333 despite the damage.
DS Penske duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne had started from the back after having their qualifying times scratched off due to a tyre pressure infringement, but made their way to the points, either side of eighth-placed Sebastien Buemi (Envision Jaguar).
Bird was 10th on the road followed by Wehrlein, but a penalty for the Mueller incident dropped Bird outside the points and let Wehrlein at least salvage one. Edoardo Mortara – who spent a bunch of the race effectively without a front wing after Maserati team-mate Guenther had darted to the right ahead of him at the hotel hairpin to avoid slamming into Hughes and helped Mortara to the wall instead – followed them over the line.
Dennis’ team-mate Andre Lotterer had recorded his best qualifying since the season opener, but any hope of turning 10th on the grid into points was extinguished as early as the second lap as he spun out following contact with Rene Rast exiting the Antony Noghes corner.
Rast himself then had further contact of his own and dropped way to the back, as did Mahindra’s Oliver Rowland, who had gained six positions at the start but then had his race seemingly undone when he clobbered into Mortara at the Nouvelle Chicane.
Also effectively ruled out of contention as a result of various incidents were Antonio Felix da Costa (Porsche), with a right rear puncture, and Nato.
|Pos||Name||Team||Car||Laps||Laps Led||Total Time||Fastest Lap||Pitstops||Pts|
|1||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||Jaguar I-TYPE 6||29||0||50m23.842s||1m31.498s||0||25|
|2||Mitch Evans||Jaguar TCS Racing||Jaguar I-TYPE 6||29||0||+0.39s||1m31.671s||0||18|
|3||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||Porsche 99X Electric||29||0||+1.017s||1m31.119s||0||16|
|4||Sacha Fenestraz||Nissan||Nissan e-4ORCE 04||29||0||+2.148s||1m31.599s||0||12|
|5||Jake Hughes||NEOM McLaren||Nissan e-4ORCE 04||29||0||+2.788s||1m32.11s||0||13|
|6||Daniel Ticktum||NIO 333 Racing||NIO 333 ER9||29||0||+3.368s||1m32.066s||0||8|
|7||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Penske||DS E-Tense FE23||29||0||+4.374s||1m32.21s||0||6|
|8||Sébastien Buemi||Envision Racing||Jaguar I-TYPE 6||29||0||+4.783s||1m31.87s||0||4|
|9||Stoffel Vandoorne||DS Penske||DS E-Tense FE23||29||0||+5.394s||1m32.988s||0||2|
|10||Sam Bird||Jaguar TCS Racing||Jaguar I-TYPE 6||29||0||+6.469s||1m32.945s||0||1|
|11||Pascal Wehrlein||TAG Heuer Porsche||Porsche 99X Electric||29||0||+6.705s||1m33.099s||0||0|
|12||Edoardo Mortara||Maserati MSG Racing||Maserati Tipo Folgore||29||0||+7.624s||1m32.513s||0||0|
|13||Lucas Di Grassi||Mahindra Racing||Mahindra M9Electro||29||0||+8.576s||1m32.677s||0||0|
|14||Robin Frijns||ABT CUPRA||Mahindra M9Electro||29||0||+9.62s||1m32.611s||0||0|
|15||Sérgio Sette Câmara||NIO 333 Racing||NIO 333 ER9||29||0||+10.684s||1m32.62s||0||0|
|16||António Félix da Costa||TAG Heuer Porsche||Porsche 99X Electric||29||0||+11.141s||1m32.61s||0||0|
|17||René Rast||NEOM McLaren||Nissan e-4ORCE 04||29||0||+12.295s||1m32.781s||0||0|
|18||Norman Nato||Nissan||Nissan e-4ORCE 04||29||0||+13.423s||1m33.031s||0||0|
|Nico Müller||ABT CUPRA||Mahindra M9Electro||27||0||DNF||1m32.747s||0||0|
|Maximilian Günther||Maserati MSG Racing||Maserati Tipo Folgore||21||0||DNF||1m33.906s||0||0|
|Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||Mahindra M9Electro||18||0||DNF||1m34.243s||0||0|
|André Lotterer||Avalanche Andretti||Porsche 99X Electric||1||0||DNF||0s||0||0|
|1||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||121||2||8||0||18||15||18||10||25||25||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||Pascal Wehrlein||TAG Heuer Porsche||100||18||25||25||12||0||6||8||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||96||26||18||18||0||0||0||0||18||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4||Mitch Evans||Jaguar TCS Racing||94||4||1||6||3||0||25||25||12||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Penske||87||0||6||0||25||19||10||6||15||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|6||António Félix da Costa||TAG Heuer Porsche||68||6||0||0||15||25||12||0||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|7||Sam Bird||Jaguar TCS Racing||63||0||15||13||0||0||16||18||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Sébastien Buemi||Envision Racing||61||8||15||8||0||10||1||15||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|9||Jake Hughes||NEOM McLaren||45||10||4||13||0||1||4||0||0||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||René Rast||NEOM McLaren||40||0||11||15||0||12||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11||Stoffel Vandoorne||DS Penske||28||1||0||0||4||6||11||0||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|12||Maximilian Günther||Maserati MSG Racing||24||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||André Lotterer||Avalanche Andretti||23||12||2||0||2||2||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|15||Lucas Di Grassi||Mahindra Racing||18||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|16||Daniel Ticktum||NIO 333 Racing||18||0||0||1||0||8||0||0||1||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|18||Sérgio Sette Câmara||NIO 333 Racing||10||0||0||0||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|19||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||9||0||0||0||8||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|20||Edoardo Mortara||Maserati MSG Racing||5||0||0||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|21||Robin Frijns||ABT CUPRA||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|22||Nico Müller||ABT CUPRA||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|23||Kelvin van der Linde||ABT Cupra Formula E Team||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|