Nick Cassidy took victory around the streets of Monaco to launch himself to the top of the Drivers’ Championship.
Off the back of the win in Berlin, the Kiwi returned to the podium and took the championship lead off of Pascal Wehrlein.
The race started cleanly; all the cars made it through the first lap in one piece. Jake Hughes started from pole position after Sacha Fenestraz’s lost his lap time in qualifying due to a technical infringement.
Andre Lotterer was the first car to retire from the race, colliding with Rene Rast into Sainte Devote. The driver hit the wall, forcing him to park in a service road.
Cassidy had a heroic opening set of laps, making up several places into turn 7 and steadily climbing up the field despite not qualifying in the top eight this morning.
Oliver Rowland also made some impressive strides in the opening phases of the race before taking attack mode early. After several heroic moves to get him up the order, Rowland left it too late to stop the car and lost his front wing into the chicane.
Cassidy, Fenestraz and Mitch Evans swapped the lead as they each chose their opportune moment to take attack mode.
Jake Dennis managed to keep his nose clean and climb through the field to challenge for podium positions with fellow championship rival Cassidy.
Dan Ticktum had another impressive qualifying in his NIO 333 and started the race in fifth. Efficiency has previously challenged the Chinese team when retaining track positions.
A string of incidents between Maximillian Gunther, Norman Nato and Ticktum forced out a safety car to retrieve Gunther.
The German driver’s day ended when he collided with the back of Ticktum through Beau Rivage and parked it at turn 3.
Ticktum already had damage after he went into the back of Norman Nato, snapping his wing and puncturing the Frenchman’s tyre.
The safety car allowed Ticktum to unlodge the snapped bit of front wing off of his car and continue in the race, with less downforce to utilise in saving his position.
With a second safety car coming out after just one racing lap, Ticktum was able to retain his position and finish sixth.
After the podium in Berlin got his season back on track, Jake Dennis clawed his way through the field to be up at the sharp end towards the end.
Cassidy looked strong on the first race restart as he attempted to secure his second race win in a row. However, the Kiwi had less energy to play with than Evans and Dennis behind as well as the safety car closing up the field behind.
Racing was short-lived after the restart bringing out a second safety car just a lap later.
The incident was between Sam Bird and Nico Muller and caused the race to be finished the race under caution, as Muller’s car had to be retrieved from the track.
The safety car protected those in the podium positions from the cars behind, with the race going Cassidy’s way.
After a difficult qualifying saw both of their cars disqualified with a technical infringement, the DS Penske cars did well to climb through the field into the points positions.
Jean-Eric Vergne ended the race seventh while Stoffel Vandoorne took the checkered flag in ninth in a welcome recovery drive for both drivers.
Mitch Evans took his third consecutive podium in Monaco finishing in second.
Dennis continued his form of only finishing on the podium this season, taking the checkered flag in third position.
The pattern of pole sitters being unable to convert race wins continues with Hughes ending the session fifth.
Bird did round out the top ten, securing a needed point for the drivers’ campaign. However, he will be investigated after the race for his involvement in the collision with Muller.
Racing returns as Formula E heads to Jakarta for a doubleheader in June.
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