The Monaco ePrix 2019 is a biennial event, so make sure you don’t miss it this year or you’ll be waiting a long time to see the next one! The event forms part of the FIA Formula E championship. It consists of 51 laps of a 1.76 km circuit, which is based on the classic Circuit de Monaco and contested through the city’s streets.
Even for an organisation that was formed in 2011, the Monaco e-Prix itself is a very new addition – it has been held just twice, with the inaugural event taking place in 2015. But despite its tender age, the race is already hotly contested. Due in part to Monaco’s racing pedigree, drivers and teams alike have their gaze fixed on this year’s prize.
Monaco e-Prix 2019 - Champions and challengers
On both previous occasions, the Monaco e-Prix has been won by Sebastien Buemi. The Switzerland native is the most successful driver in Formula E’s history, and the overall winner of the 2015-16 championship. However, as the cars and the technology that powers them continues to evolve, competition is fiercer than ever and victory cannot be guaranteed.
One manufacturer that is guaranteed to draw significant local support is Monegasque-based Venturi Formula E Team, known simply as Venturi. While the brand may not be a household name to the same degree as Renault and Nissan, Venturi has a history of automotive manufacturing that stretches back to 1984. In 2004 it developed the Venturi Fetish, which was the world’s first sports car powered solely by electricity.
Despite having a hometown advantage, Venturi is yet to win its first Monaco e-Prix. This year however, the team has added another string to its bow in the form of eleven-time Formula One race winner Felipe Massa joining on a three-year deal. He will race alongside seven time Macau World Cup winner Edoardo Mortara. Needless to say, with the wealth of world-class experience that Massa is able to bring to his role, expectations among the home fans have never been higher. In March, the Venturi team celebrated its first race win with Mortara finishing in first place in Hong Kong.
Those who have never experienced a Formula E race can expect to enjoy all of the thrills and spills typically associated with Formula 1 in a context that’s more environmentally friendly and easier on the ears. And where better to get your first taste of motor racing’s future than where history has so often been made? Visitors to Monaco can expect sunshine, a shimmering coastline and a wealth of glitz and glamour. Don’t miss out – your motoring pilgrimage to the Monaco e-Prix 2019 will be one to remember!