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Paddock Whispers: News ticker on all the important Formula E topics in Monaco

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

The 2024 Formula E season is going from strength to strength: two weeks after the Misano E-Prix, the next race will take place, the season highlight in the Principality of Monaco. As always, you can find out what else is going on in the paddock on the Cote d'Azur besides the action on the track in the latest edition of our popular "Paddock Whispers" series. We will update this news ticker regularly throughout the weekend.

>>> "Probably not the last time": Will Barnard drive for McLaren in Berlin as well?

[27.04. | 14:50] McLaren are assuming that Sam Bird will not be fit to drive again any time soon after his hand injury. "It's probably not the last time Taylor will be in the car," said McLaren CEO Zak Brown in an interview with Nickie Shields. The young Briton had stepped in before the second free practice session after Bird broke a bone in his left hand in an accident.

>>> After Barnard's debut: McLaren needs new rookie for Berlin test

[27.04. | 13:08] Sam Bird's hand injury has further consequences for the McLaren team: replacement driver Taylor Barnard is no longer considered a Formula E rookie and is therefore no longer eligible to take part in the rookie test on Monday after the Berlin E-Prix. Another rookie will therefore be given a test opportunity there.

>>> WEC driver Calum Illott visits Andretti

[27.04. | 12:46] Calum Ilott visited the Andretti team at the Monaco E-Prix. The Briton is racing for Porsche customer team Jota in the World Endurance Championship this season, where he shares a car with Andretti driver Norman Nato. Prior to that, Ilott drove for three years in the IndyCar Series for the Juncos Hollinger Racing team.

>>> Anthony Joshua visits Monaco E-Prix

[27.04. | 11:03] British boxer Anthony Joshua is a guest at the Monaco E-Prix. The two-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic super-heavyweight champion was able to watch qualifying from the Nissan pit. He did not bring the team much luck: Sacha Fenestraz and Oliver Rowland will start the race from 14th and 15th positions.

>>> Water jump tips from the Olympic champion for Antonio Felix da Costa

[26.04. | 18:26] Olympic diving champion Matty Lee has given Antonio Felix da Costa a few tips for his next jump into the water. The Portuguese celebrated his victories in New York City, Monaco and Misano by jumping into the water. But will Felix da Costa really be able to put the tips from the Olympic champion into practice? We're not so sure, but see for yourself...

>>> Trackwalk with traffic

[26.04. | 17:15] A special feature of the Monaco E-Prix is the track walk: this takes place on Friday, when the roads in the Principality are still open to normal traffic. After a rainy morning, the trackwalk fortunately took place in dry weather.

>>> Mahindra driver with joyride in Pininfarina hyper sports car

[26.04. | 15:02] Edo Mortara and Nyck de Vries were allowed to take a special tour of the hills around Monaco: The pair were travelling in the Battista Edizione Nino Farina by Pininfarina.

The car, which is named after the first Formula 1 world champion in 1950 and the winner of the Monaco GP in 1948, Guiseppe "Nino" Farina, has a total power of 1,400 kW (1,900 hp) with its four electric motors. The special edition of the Pininfarina Battista, limited to five cars, costs around 3.1 million euros, plus taxes of course.

>>> Marta Garcia with seat fit at ERT

[26.04. | 14:41] Our colleague Theresa Schmid, who creates content for the social media channels of in Monaco, spotted reigning F1 Academy champion Marta Garcia in the ERT garage. The Spaniard did the seat fit there for the rookie test races in Berlin on 13 May, for which she was recently confirmed as a driver.

>>> Norman Nato with special helmet

[26.04. | 11:58] Andretti driver Norman Nato has a very special helmet design for his home race. The Frenchman explains his specially designed head protection in a video on social networks.

>>> "We visit dad at work" day

[26.04. | 10:46] School trip to Monaco: Lucas di Grassi's son Leo's school class visited the Brazilian in the ABT garage on Thursday. Di Grassi's daughter Beatriz was even allowed to climb into the number 11 car.

>>> New halo slogans at Porsche

[26.04. | 10:01] As at every race, Porsche has put new slogans on the halo system of the two works cars in Monaco. This time it's "All-in for the win" and "Chicane chic".

Sneak peek: We have finalised our halo messages for the #MonacoEPrix. ❤️?#PorscheFormulaE #Raceborn

>>> City tour with Norman Nato

[26.04. | 09:43] Andretti driver Norman Nato took the Andretti team's social media followers on a tour of the city. The Frenchman was travelling in a Porsche 911 Turbo that was around 40 years old.

good vibes + vintage drives ?

>>> Sam Bird visits AS Monaco

[26.04. | 09:17] While we're on the subject of football: Sam Bird attended AS Monaco's home game against Lille OSC on Wednesday night. Although Monaco is a country in its own right, the city's football club competes in the French league and has won the league eight times, most recently in 2017. Monaco won the match against Lille 1-0.

>>> Formula E demo car on the road in Newcastle

[25.04. | 22:01] In the week following the Misano E-Prix, the Gen3 demo car in black and white livery was on the road for filming in the British city of Newcastle. The car had previously been picked up in Italy and transported directly to the UK, where it was then given a new wrap.

The new wrapping on the vehicle and the driver's helmet was based on the jersey design of Newcastle United football club. The main owner of the traditional British club has been the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) since 2021, which also closed a major sponsorship deal with the Formula E, Extreme E and E1 Series a few months ago.

>>> Maserati presents GranCabrio Folgore

[25.04. | 20:37] Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati presented the GranCabrio Folgore, the first fully electric convertible in the history of the brand with the trident, on Monday after the Misano E-Prix in Modena. After the GranTurismo Folgore and the Grecale Folgore, this is the third electric vehicle to be offered by Maserati. Of course, the two Maserati drivers in Formula E, Jehan Daruvala and Max Günther, were not to be missed at the presentation.

Future is ON. @maxg_official and @DaruvalaJehan celebrating the #MaseratiFolgore day after a weekend-end at the @FIAFormulaE #MisanoEprix.
Head to @Maserati_HQ for more.

>>> Formula E car at Silverstone Museum

[25.04. | 19:03] In line with the rumours that Formula E could turn its back on London in the future and race on the permanent circuit at Silverstone instead, a Formula E car is now on display at the motorsport museum at the race track. It is the first electric car to be exhibited at the Silverstone museum.

It is a Gen1 car with a "double-decker front wing", as used in seasons 3 and 4. The paintwork, on the other hand, corresponds to the ERT car from season 10.</p

>>> David Coulthard drives Gen3 Evo

[25.04. | 18:17] David Coulthard, Formula 1 vice world champion in 2001 and part of the Formula E commentary team for the English-language World Signal, has a very special honour: the Scot will be the first person to drive the Gen3 Evo car in public. Formula E has scheduled a show run for this on Saturday.

>>> Evening wear at DS Penske

[25.04. | 16:52] For the most glamorous event on the racing calendar, DS Penske has gone all out: the team will be competing in the Monaco E-Prix with a black livery and gold sponsor logos, reminiscent of the elegant evening attire worn at gala events in the Principality. We are also reminded of the Lotus Formula 1 livery with which the team competed from 1972 to 1986, winning in Monaco with Ronnie Peterson in 1974, exactly 50 years ago. Is this really just a coincidence?

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