Fans at the 2017 Formula E Monaco race were stretched to the edges of their seats at Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi battled around the narrow streets of the historic principality in the final laps toward the finish.
All teams had opted to pit for the mandatory car change during a caution period, so the race win came down to the final moments. With his FanBoost surge, Buemi was able to open up the lead to 1.6 seconds over di Grassi, but di Grassi was not daunted. The two drivers swept to the barriers, cut through narrow turns, and out-strategized each other when any gaps appeared. But, on this track where little passing is possible, qualifying position is desperately important, and Buemi battled the tremendous pressure from di Grassi for his fourth FIA Formula E Championship win of the season. His lead is now 15 points ahead of di Grassi.
This fifth round of the 2016/17 championship, which took place on the most famous and historic street circuit in the racing world today, began with only a five point differential between the top racers. To win at Monaco is a feat like no other, and Buemi’s victory placed him among a choice few racers who can boast of the accomplishment. Buemi had a perfect start to the season until Mexico, when Lucas di Grassi flabbergasted the crowd as he pulled from behind to take the win. Sebastien Buemi, undaunted, came back to claim his place as Formula E superstar as he won the e-Prix at Monaco.
Nick Heidfeld brought his M3Electro to the finish line for the first Formula E podium for Mahindra Racing. With a fine third place performance today, Heidfeld has shown well at the Monaco circuit in other series, with podiums in the 2005 Formula 1, the 1998 International Formula 3000, and the 1997 Formula 3.
His teammate Felix Rosenqvist placed sixth overall, so Mahindra Racing recorded its best ever performance in the three years of the FIA Formula E championship.