• Monaco 2022: Triumph in the Principality

Facing up to the challenges of Monaco, every racing driver wants to win this race, especially when things have not gone optimally in the past – it makes victory taste all the sweeter.

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team experienced a tough race weekend on their debut last year at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix Circuit, so the whole team had big plans for the home round of their two drivers who live in the principality, Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries. And as things turned out, race day did not disappoint!

“Wow, what a race! A win for the team in Monaco!” said Team Principal Ian James. “Monaco hasn’t been too kind to us in the past. Especially after last year’s disappointment, we came here with the determination to turn things around. We did that in probably the best way possible by winning the race with Stoffel.” However, the team had to deal with certain challenges on the way.

Stoffel Vandoorne wins on streets of Monaco

Both drivers had already expressed satisfaction with their performance in the two practice sessions earlier that morning and had said how good the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 felt on Monaco’s streets… but qualifying didn’t quite go as hoped.

Stoffel set the fastest time in qualifying Group A and also won his quarter-final battle against Robin Frijns in qualifying. In the semi-finals, though, he narrowly missed out to Pascal Wehrlein and qualified fourth on the grid from where he established himself in the leading group in the E-Prix and steadily advanced further forwards.

Stoffel had just activated Attack Mode but was able to maintain his rhythm despite a full‑course yellow and a safety car period. He went into the lead halfway through the race which is where he stayed until the chequered flag had fallen.

a man congratulates stoffel vandoorne to his victory in monaco

“It’s a fantastic feeling,” said Stoffel. “Monaco is one of those very special races that every driver wants to win. Our goal was to qualify well up the field, and after that, it was obvious to me that we could contend up front as well. And that’s exactly how it played out.”

He went on to pay the team a big compliment: “We were really flying today, so many thanks to the team for putting such a strong car at my disposal.” After 30 race laps, Stoffel clinched his first win of the season and his third in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. “Everyone in the whole team will remember this moment well,” said Ian James. “It’s a memory that’s guaranteed to stay with Stoffel for the rest of his life.”

Also, Stoffel took the lead in the drivers’ standings with 81 points, six clear of Jean-Eric Vergne. “My start to the season wasn’t easy, but consistency is paying off now,” said Stoffel. “I’m really pleased about that. I feel like I’ve been fighting up front all season. I’ve had a few Pole Positions but couldn’t quite convert them into wins, so this weekend, I decided not to qualify on pole but to go for victory instead. That strategy worked.”

stoffel vandoorne sitting in his mercedes-eq silver arrow 02 ahead of the monaco e-prix 2022

Monaco points-scoring finish for Nyck de Vries

Things didn’t go quite so well for Nyck. He set the second-fastest time in his qualifying group only to be eliminated by Jean-Eric Vergne in the quarter-finals, and so, had to start the race from eighth place.

“Nyck had a very solid morning, but unfortunately, wasn’t able to have the best session in qualifying and ended up eighth on the grid,” said Ian James. “That’s never the best of starting positions in such a tight field.”

Nevertheless, the E-Prix started positively for Nyck: “I think we showed good pace today. We were strong in energy management, got a great start and gained a position.” But then sometimes, things just don’t come together subsequently. He added: “Unfortunately, the race didn’t go as I’d hoped. It was maybe just one of those days where things go from bad to worse.”

nyck de vries laughing with his engineer ahead of the start of the monaco e-prix

Ultimately, Nyck crossed the finish line in tenth place, earning a point, and Ian James sees that very much as a positive: “Every single point counts in the fight for the World Championship. And that’s exactly what not only the drivers are working towards, but also all team members. As the saying goes: in the end of the day it’s the race that counts. And boy, did we make it count.”

Nyck was in agreement as he congratulated team-mate Stoffel on his victory: “Fortunately, Stoffel had a terrific race and achieved a win for the team. I’m really pleased about that, as every individual member of the outfit had truly earned it with all their hard work.”

Nyck intends to go all-out now to secure a better result for himself and the team in the next race which will be in Berlin, where Rounds 7 and 8 of the current season are scheduled to take place on the 14th and 15th of May.

stoffel vandoorne and nyck de vries walking through the pitlane in monaco

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