Nick Cassidy claims his second E-Prix victory in as many races as the Envision Racing driver storms from 9th place to win.
Just after the halfway mark of the 29 lap Monaco E-Prix, Nick Cassidy suddenly shot to the front of the field. On lap 18, he passed Mitch Evans at Sainte Devote, and went on to win the race after the Jaguar driver had passed Cassidy there two laps earlier.
The safety car was deployed after Max Günther’s Maserati MSG came to a stop at Massenet. The German’s vehicle was damaged when it approached Beau Rivage after attempting to pass Dan Ticktum, which already had a broken front wing from rear ending Norman Nato’s Nissan.
The subsequent laps were flat out with Evans unable to catch up because of the energy saved behind the safety car. His chances, as well as those in the rest of the field, were cut short after the safety car was deployed a second time and lasted ’til the end of the race.
For Andretti Autosport, Jake Dennis took third place after challenging Evans into the Nouvelle Chicane before the first safety car.
Sacha Fenestraz finished fourth after following the top three drivers for the majority of the race after the Nissan driver’s pole position was taken away for exceeding the permitted 350kwh energy output. Jake Hughes of McLaren, who started on pole thanks to the Fenestraz penalty, quickly lost the lead but managed to hold onto fifth place.
Impressively, Dan Ticktum took sixth for NIO 333 despite having damage to both the front and rear of his car. Perhaps the most impressive drive came from Jean-Eric Vergne. The DS Penske driver started at the back, alongside teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, due to a qualifying infraction but came through the field to finish 7th and in the points. Vandoorne finished 9th.
Despite being involved in the collision that caused the race ending safety car with ABT Cupra’s Nico Muller, Sam Bird held on to take the race’s final points in 10th place. It wasn’t really Bird’s day, with the Jaguar driver dropping places unnecessarily after failing to hit the mark on the Attack Mode activation zone.
Attention now turns to Jakarta, where Round 10 of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place on June 3rd.
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