Mitch Evans has lost his front-row starting position for this afternoon’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship Monaco E-Prix.
The Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver will drop ten places on the 22-car grid to 12th after being reprimanded by the stewards for a third time this season.
Evans was found to have switched to his full 250 kW power option too early during the final segment of qualifying, which brought the attention of race control.
An FIA bulletin stated: “The Stewards received data from the Technical Delegate that the driver of car 20 used up to 250 kWh for approximately 0.4 seconds prior to the beginning of the last sector.
“The Stewards understand that this regulation is in place for reasons of battery longevity on this circuit. This early usage of maximum power does not lead to a performance advantage for the car on its fastest lap.
“Accordingly, the Stewards feel that a sporting penalty is inappropriate in these circumstances.”
Evans had set the third-fastest lap of the Superpole shootout but was bumped up to second when pole-sitter Oliver Rowland’s predetermined three-place grid drop was applied.
DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne subsequently picked up the pole spot but Rowland was allowed to keep the three extra championship points for setting the quickest qualifying time.
Evans’ relegation to the mid-pack means Rowland will move back up the grid to third, behind Vergne and Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein.
Felipe Massa will start fourth for Venturi, ahead of Rowland’s teammate Sebastien Buemi.
STARTING GRID: Monaco E-Prix