June 13, 2021

Formula E will produce “much more overtaking” at Monaco than F1, says Di Grassi

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In the round-up: Lucas di Grassi says Monaco’s grand prix circuit, which Formula E will race on in full for the first time this year, is much more suited to the electric category than F1.

In brief

Formula E will have more overtakes than F1 at Monaco

Monaco’s tendency to produce processional racing in Formula 1 will be in sharp contrast to Formula E’s action there, Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi believes, as the all-electric series moves to use the full grand prix layout.

“I think the Monaco track is much more suited to Formula E, to our type of racing,” he said. “It’s really, really good to have to have the long track and it will be possible to overtake.

“To see the car in different conditions, in terms of driving it’s much nicer with the upper parts of the track, also the downhill and the hairpin and the tunnel part so we can have such iconic pictures, we can take iconic memories. I haven’t driven there since F1, so that is going to be interesting to go back and revisit that.

“We’re going to have much more overtakes than F1. For them it’s impossible to overtake there. Although the car is much faster, the circuit is too short and it’s not made for their type of car.

“But with Formula E, you’re going to have a lot of overtakes, a lot of action. It’s going to be a very entertaining race for all the public and to bring down the street racing.”

Gasly likes ‘more intense’ one-hour practice sessions

Pierre Gasly says F1’s shorter Friday practice sessions has not prevented the teams from testing everything they need to.

“After two races, we are now used to only having an hour for each free practice session,” he said. “It hasn’t changed our work programme, but it does mean the track is busier with more cars out at the same time, so there is a bit more action and you spend less time waiting in the garage.

“I quite like it, as the sessions are more intense.”

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