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No points in Monaco for Envision Racing

The reigning world champions endured a difficult Monaco E-Prix with both cars suffering damage and ending up outside the points at the finish

A strong qualifying performance from Sébastien Buemi meant the Swiss driver started the Monaco E-Prix in sixth, and by the time the pack filtered into and out of the opening right-handed Sainte Devote turn, the Envision Racing driver found himself in seventh.

Starting ninth, team-mate Robin Frijns also dropped a position – running 10th as Pascal Wehrlein headed the field.

After a relatively clean start and opening lap, a distinct energy saving formation was adopted by the entire pack with little movement in positions, or hints of any overtaking attempts. On lap four, Frijns made his way back into the top 10 after momentarily dropping down to 11th before it all went wrong for Buemi.

Following a multi-car melee at the hairpin, Buemi was forced partially airbourne and into Monaco’s unforgiving barriers. Buemi’s misfortune actually aided Frijns who made it through the chaos and up into seventh. Moments later, a safety car was triggered by a sizeable crash involving Edoardo Mortara at the Swimming Pool complex.

At the restart it was Stoffel Vandoorne up front, followed by the Jaguar pair of Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy.

Running seventh, Envision Racing’s Frijns found himself following the Maserati of Maximilian Günther only to be relegated to ninth by lap 10.

Frijns gained a place as Jake Dennis suffered a front wing incident, before falling back down to 11th, in what was becoming a rollercoaster of a race for the Dutch driver. By lap 13 of the originally slated 29, Frijns found himself in 14th with Attack Mode enabled.

Despite Buemi’s earlier incident, the Envision Racing driver battled his way back to 18th by lap 15, and due to the close-knit nature of the racing, had closed up to within sight of the midfield runners. Buemi would soon become the leading Envision Racing machine, as Frijns was forced to pit with damage on lap 17.

Following an entertaining second half of the race, and a tight battle for the major points-paying positions, at the chequered flag, Buemi’s valiant recovery drive ended in 15th place. Envision Racing team-mate Frijns concluded his weekend on the Mediterranean coast in 17th.

At the front, Evans won from Jaguar team-mate Cassidy, with Vandoorne rounding out the podium places in third.  

Drivers’ standings (after Rd 8):
1. Pascal Wehrlein, 102pts
2. Nick Cassidy, 95pts
3. Jake Dennis, 89pts
4. Oliver Rowland, 88pts
5. Mitch Evans, 77pts
14. Robin Frijns, 21pts
15. Sébastien Buemi, 20pts

Teams’ standings (after Rd 8):
1. Jaguar TCS Racing, 172pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 109pts
3. Andretti Formula E 113, pts
4. Nissan, 112pts
5. DS Penske, 102pts
8. Envision Racing, 41pts