After both free practice sessions in Monaco, Maximilian Günther goes fastest with a 1:29.269s, the fastest lap set on the full Monaco circuit by a Formula E car.
The first laps in Monaco of the Gen3 era of Formula E are in the books and they’re coming in fastest than ever before. With both sessions in the books, Maximilian Günther tops the timing board with the quickest lap set on the full course at Monte Carlo.
The first practice session of the day went mostly without event. However, Porsche, as well as their customer team, Andretti, lost time at the start of FP1 due to an issue with the cars. During the opening laps of practice, Andre Lotterer locked up at Mirabeau and almost took it into the wall.
The session came to a somewhat slow end when a yellow flag, caused by a collision with the wall at Saint Devote, by Lucas DiGrassi, slowed the field’s final laps. DiGrassi was able to nurse his car back to the pits, though, providing us with a rather nervy view of the front wing, hanging by a thread, from the underside of the car.
Free Practice 2 started well for Sébastien Buemi and the Envision Racing team, who held the fastest lap of the session for the majority with a 1:29.679s lap time. Buemi has previous form in Monaco and will look to transfer this fast time into qualifying later today.
As the session progressed, Buemi’s time was left behind. Mitch Evans of Jaguar TCS Racing flew to the top of the board with a 1:29.584s but this would not last as Max Günther pipped the New Zealander by 0.007s to close out the final laps.
An an interesting development, the entire top 10 from FP2 surpassed the previously set Formula E lap record for the full course at Monaco. Günther led this group with a 1:29.269, six tenths up on the fastest lap set by Mitch Evans in last year’s competition.
The hometown Maserati MSG Racing team will be pleased to top the timing board heading into qualifying. After what has been a challenging season so far, Günther will join Edo Mortara in group 2 for this morning’s qualifying session.
What will the fastest lap be by the end of the race day? Will we see times in the 1:28s? Will Maserati MSG win out during qualifying? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.