Whereas the previous five races in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship season were on tracks where the field had close to no experience (Long Beach), or were new tracks (the prior four races in China, Malaysia, Uruguay and Miami), the Monaco ePrix this weekend sees nearly the entire field of 20 having had past track experience.
Drivers with past starts in the Monaco Grand Prix include (Formula 1 team or teams listed in parentheses):
- Andretti: Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Scott Speed (Toro Rosso)
- Audi Sport Abt: Lucas di Grassi (Virgin)
- China: Nelson Piquet Jr. (Renault) and Charles Pic (Marussia, Caterham)
- Dragon: Jerome d’Ambrosio (Marussia)
- e.dams: Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso)
- Mahindra: Karun Chandhok (HRT) and Bruno Senna (HRT, Williams)
- Trulli: Jarno Trulli (Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Lotus) and Vitantonio Liuzzi (Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Force India, HRT)
- Venturi: Nick Heidfeld (Prost, Sauber, Jordan, Williams, BMW Sauber, Renault)
- Virgin: Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso)
Of the remaining seven drivers – 13 have past starts in the GP – there’s five who have past Monaco starts as well. Those include:
- Amlin Aguri: Antonio Felix da Costa (GP3 and 3.5)
- Audi Sport Abt: Daniel Abt (GP3 and GP2)
- Dragon: Loic Duval (F3)
- Venturi: Stephane Sarrazin (F3000)
- Virgin: Sam Bird (GP2 and 3.5)
That leaves just Amlin Aguri’s Salvador Duran and e.dams’ Nicolas Prost as the two drivers without any major starts at the principality, although Prost’s father Alain is a four-time Monaco Grand Prix winner (1984-86, 1988).
Heading into the weekend, after more than a one-month break since the last round of the series at Long Beach April 4, the points standings are close.
Di Grassi leads Piquet by just one point (75-74), with Prost, Buemi and Bird completing the top five.
This year’s Monaco ePrix will run on a truncated version of the full grand prix circuit at the principality on Saturday, May 9. A course preview from Bird is linked here.