After a disappointing weekend in Mexico City, the MS Amlin Andretti team plans to bounce back in the streets of Monaco. The electric race cars will once again use a modified configuration of the iconic Grand Prix street circuit.
The Formula E drivers will start at the same famous start/finish line known from Formula 1, before turning right immediately towards the harbour, where they’ll tackle a new hairpin before rejoining with the more familiar track configuration, including the well-known Tabac and Swimming Pool corners.
“Turn 1 is hard, especially the first lap of the race where you need to be able to get through there without damage. I feel if the drivers can qualify a bit better, then they will make their lives a bit easier. This is motor racing, it’s not easy in this highly competitive championship. We know that if we all continue to keep working like this we will see success” pointed out Co-Team Principal Roger Griffiths.
Coming to the drivers, António Félix da Costa raced in the inaugural Monaco ePrix in 2015 where he finished ninth, with team-mate Robin Frijns making his debut on the Formula E version of the Monaco circuit. “I’ve driven World Series and GP2 on this track so it’s not new for me. We’ve had some bad luck the past few races so we are going to look to turn that around this weekend in Monaco”, said Frijns.
Félix da Costa has good memories of Monaco, having been on the podium in GP3. “Monaco is one of the coolest places in the world to have a race. There is so much heritage and history, and so many big names have won there. Being on that podium is very special so I would really like to do that again in Formula E. It’s a very technical track and very hard to overtake, so qualifying is going to be really important”, stated the Portuguese driver.
The first free practice session starts at 8am local time on Saturday, 13th May.