Jean-Eric Vergne has clinched his second race win of the season after converting pole position into victory at the Monaco E-Prix.
In a race that would be all about energy conservation, Vergne held on for the victory from a hard-charging Oliver Rowland who had saved a bit more energy than the Frenchman in the early part of the race and was pressurising the DS Techeetah driver in the closing stages.
Felipe Massa claimed third position in what was Venturi’s home race from Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein who locked up and ran wide going into turn one dropping to fourth. After the race, Wehrlein admitted he was “disappointed with his mistake” having had the fastest car in the race, he felt he could have been on the podium.
The German tried everything in the closing stages to try and get on the podium but couldn’t find his way past Massa. Wehrlein said after the race, “It’s just impossible to overtake around here.”
Sebastien Buemi came home fifth, with the Nissan E.Dams team boss hailing it as a “great day.”
Antonio Felix da Costa finished sixth with Mitch Evans seventh and Daniel Abt eighth.
Andre Lotterer claimed an incredible ninth after a difficult qualifying session put him last and 22nd on the grid whilst Alex Lynn rounded out the top-10.
There was heartbreak for the two Envision Virgin Racing cars when Robin Frijns crashed out of the running five laps from the end, meanwhile teammate Sam Bird was hit on the final lap giving him a right rear puncture.
Vergne takes charge of the Championship lead as the series heads to Berlin for the first of the final four races of a highly competitive and closely fought season. DS Techeetah also leads the constructors Championship as well.
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By Jordan Hollands.