Antonio Felix da Costa wins Formula E race in Monaco

Antonio Felix da Costa wins Formula E race in Monaco

Current Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa secured his first win of the season at the seventh race of the electric series in Monaco. The Portuguese won ahead of Virgin driver Robin Frijns and Mitch Evans in the Jaguar.

Energy management, much criticised at the chaotic race in Valencia, made for a very exciting race in Monaco. Jaguar driver Evans had been in the lead for much of the race, but energy consumption became a problem for the New Zealander in the final minutes. On the last lap of the race, da Costa in the DS Techeetah was the first to pass Evans in the swimming pool passage, and the New Zealander lost second place to Frijns in the sprint to the finish line.

After last year's Monaco race had to be cancelled due to the effects of the pandemic, this year saw a novelty: for the first time, the ePrix took place on Monaco's traditional Formula 1 track. Previous Formula E races in the principality used a short version.

Even before the final laps, there were numerous exciting racing scenes. As the Formula E race cars, unlike Formula 1 cars, are made for narrow city circuits, there were numerous overtaking manoeuvres. The lead alone changed five times after an overtaking manoeuvre. Jaguar driver Evans delivered an impressive action here, making the most of his "Attack Mode" (250 instead of 200 kW power is released for four minutes): On the narrow uphill section to the casino, Evans was able to overtake da Costa spectacularly on the outside.