VIDEO: Vettel, Sutil and Perez all retire in Monaco

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While Nico Rosberg went wire-to-wire in Monaco today to claim his second straight win at the principality, it was a less fruitful race for a number of other drivers who were forced to end their days early.

Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez were just three of the eight retirees in Monaco, where a race of attrition allowed Jules Bianchi to finish ninth and score Marussia’s first ever points in Formula 1.

Perez crashed out on the first lap after tangling with Jenson Button at Mirabeau, whilst an engine problem for Sebastian Vettel forced him to park up and retire. Adrian Sutil’s day came to an early end after a spin on the exit of the tunnel, which brought out the safety car for the second time.

Pastor Maldonado, Jean-Eric Vergne, Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Gutierrez were the other retirees.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

 

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.