2021 ABB Formula E Monaco ePrix Preview

The ABB Formula E World Championship is set to be back in action this weekend as it heads to Monaco for just a single race.

The Monaco ePrix was last held in 2019 where Jean-Eric Vergne won ahead of Oliver Rowland and Felipe Massa. This weekend’s ePrix in the Principality will be slightly different as it will see the series compete around a longer layout.

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Mercedes Nyck de Vries enters the latest round of the season leading the Drivers’ Championship, nine points ahead of nearest rival Stoffel Vandoorne. Five points behind Vandoorne are Sam Bird and Robin Frijns who are level on points.

None of the four drivers mentioned above finished inside the points in the second race held last time out at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Although de Vries did win the controversial first race which also meant the Dutchman became the first driver to win two or more races this season.

The other winner from the Valencia ePrix double header was BMW’s Jake Dennis who became the fifth different winner of the season. The Briton heads into this weekend’s race eighth in the championship, level on points with Jean-Eric Vergne and one point ahead of Edoardo Mortara and Pascal Wehrlein.

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In the Teams’ Championship Mercedes heads the standings and are 23 points ahead of second placed Jaguar Racing. Completing the top three in the championship is Virgin Racing who are 24 points behind Jaguar and one point ahead of fourth placed DS Techeetah.

All 24 drivers to have competed this season in Formula E have now scored points after Dennis scored points in both Valencia ePrix races. Andre Lotterer was the other driver yet to have scored points going into the double header in Valencia, the German however rectified this when he finished second in the second race in Valencia.

Formula E enters the Monaco race weekend wounded after the events that unfolded during the Valencia ePrix weekend, particularly the conclusion to the first race. It therefore makes this weekend’s ePrix a perfect opportunity to begin restoring the championship’s image with the Drivers’ Championship being so close, and the added intrigue of Formula E competing on a longer track layout compared to its two previous visits to Monaco in 2015 and 2017.

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