Envision Racing look to turn things around at historic Monaco

The Monaco E-Prix has provided a happy hunting ground for Envision Racing in previous years. Can the team taste success there in Season 10?

Following the championship-winning success of last year, the 2023–24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has been a tough one so far for Envision Racing. Following a pointless double-header weekend in Italy for the Misano E-Prix, the attention switches to arguably the most famous place in all of motorsport: Monaco.

As a venue, the Monaco street circuit needs little introduction. 

It is one of the oldest and most prestigious races, dating back to 1929, where drivers must negotiate the narrow, winding streets with tight corners which make it incredibly demanding. Taking place right by the harbour of Monte Carlo, surrounded by luxury yachts and casinos, it is a truly unique racing spectacle, and alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, makes up the Triple Crown of motorsport.

Initially hosted on a shortened version of the famous Monaco Grand Prix Formula One circuit, the current Gen 3 Formula E cars now do their thing on the full, 3.3km layout. And, last year, former Envision Racing driver Nick Cassidy claimed a memorable victory, something the team will be looking to repeat in 2024 to get a championship challenge back on track.

Current Envision Racing driver Sébastien Buemi has won the Monaco E-Prix twice on the famous streets of Monaco. Can the Swiss ace make it a hat-trick this year?

The challenge at Monaco 

For almost a century, corners, La Rascasse, Casino Square, and the Grand Hotel Hairpin have become woven into the fabric of motorsport. Like the Mount Rushmore of racing, these legendary streets were built for the raw thrill of Formula One, and now, they’re perfectly suited for the electrifying world of Formula E.

For the past two years, the Monaco E-Prix has been nothing short of breathtaking. Fans have witnessed wheel-to-wheel battles erupt, drivers fight tooth and nail to the finish, and audacious passes pulled off in the craziest places – inches apart while climbing the energy-sapping Beau Rivage hill.

The full 3.3km circuit, with its punishing climbs and exhilarating high-speed sections, returns to test the drivers’ energy management skills to the absolute limit.

In 2023, Envision Racing came home in front after a thrilling battle between Nick Cassidy and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans. Expect similar fireworks this year. 

World Exclusive: GEN3 Evo Race Car

The faster and more efficient GEN3 car was already tearing up the tracks around the world, but Formula E isn’t done yet. 

Formula E and the FIA are excited to announce the unveiling of the highly-anticipated GEN3 Evo race car. The exclusive evening launch will take place on Thursday, April 25th, in the lead-up to the 2024 Monaco E-Prix.

This means an even faster and more efficient version, the current GEN3 cars, that will be pushing the limits for drivers in Seasons 11 and 12. Get ready for even closer racing and some seriously impressive tech that will showcase how fast and cutting edge all-electric racing can be.

Last time out at the Misano E-Prix

It is safe to say that the inaugural Misano E-Prix was one to forget for Envision Racing. Despite strong pace in practice and Robin Frijns making the duels for race two, a double retirement in Sunday’s race capped a disappointing and ultimately pointless weekend in Italy.

Race one in Misano was electric chaos. Lead changes flew faster than sparks, positions swapped constantly, but after 28 laps of frantic racing, Envision Racing unfortunately came away empty-handed.

Race two proved to be a low point of the season, with both cars being forced to retire, but with seven races done and nine left  to run, starting with the Monaco E-Prix, there is plenty of points to be won.

When to catch the Monaco E-Prix

(All times BST)

Free Practice 1 Friday 27 April – 06:25 – 07:15

Free Practice 2 Saturday 27 April – 08:05 – 08:55

Qualifying Saturday 27 April – 09:40 – 11:03

E-Prix Saturday 27 April 14:03 – 15:30

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 7):

1. Pascal Wehrlein, 89pts
2. Jake Dennis, 89pts
3. Oliver Rowland, 80pts
4. Nick Cassidy, 76pts
5. Maximilian Günther, 65pts
12. Robin Frijns, 21pts
13. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 7):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 128pts
2. Andretti Formula E 112, pts
3. Porsche Formula E Team, 109pts
4. Nissan, 98pts
5. DS Penske, 73pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts