Wehrlein wants to defend championship lead on "perfect" Formula E track: "Everyone wants to win Monaco"
More glamour is impossible: Formula E is making a stop at the Monaco marina this weekend. But it's not just the trappings that excite everyone involved, but also the track. World championship leader Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) wants to forget his setback from last year and take victory in the Principality.
"For me, this is one of the coolest tracks in motorsport," Wehrlein enthuses. "It's perfect for Formula E and the races we contest. It's great for overtaking and the speed is good, too." While Formula E is unlikely to match its top speeds from Sao Paulo, the powerful Gen3 car is still expected to step it up a notch compared to last year.
For that very reason, Wehrlein expects a challenging E-Prix: "On our street circuits, we don't usually have much room and we have to be careful not to make a mistake - and not only in the first corner after the start. That's also the case in Monaco. The whole race is a challenge. Every driver, it seems, makes an extra special effort. After all, Monaco is a race everyone wants to win."
With a view to the Monaco E-Prix in 2022, Wehrlein wants to make amends. While leading the race, he retired with a technical failure and came away empty-handed. After that, things went downhill for Porsche in the championship. This time, the German is not only leading the championship, but is also one of the favorites to win the race. That's because qualifying - Porsche's weak point so far - shouldn't play a too big role in Monaco.
Felix da Costa: "Formula E is a great fit for Monaco"
One of his main rivals for victory could be his own teammate Felix da Costa. "I've been lucky enough to win in Monaco before. So, to come back now as a Porsche factory driver with this team feels fantastic," explains the Portuguese.
"We're facing one of the coolest races of the year, no question about it. Formula E is a great fit for Monaco and this circuit. We deliver spectacular races with constant changes in the lead - exactly what the fans love."
"Every lap is a pleasure on this historic racetrack. We're all very lucky to have the opportunity to race here every year in Formula E," says Felix da Costa.
All sessions on the same day: "Must not make any mistakes"
What makes Monaco even a bit more challenging compared to recent races: "In Monaco, everything happens in one day, from the free practice to the race. That means we have to be even better prepared and not make any mistakes," explains Porsche team boss Florian Modlinger.
Wehrlein confirms, "For us all, it's a long day that starts early and finishes late. With this tight schedule, there's very little time to study data extensively. That takes some adjustment. You actually have to arrive at the track in Monaco with everything already sorted."
How the Porsche team will perform in the Principality will be revealed from the 1st free practice session early Saturday morning (7:30 am CEST) - to be followed in the livestream on e-Formula.news. Race start at the Monaco E-Prix is at 3 pm.