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Monaco Post-Race Notebook

Sam Smith’s post-race news and notes after Saturday’s Monaco E-Prix…

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***Robin Frijns was handed a five-place grid penalty and a reprimand for his clash with Alexander Sims at Sainte Devote in the closing minutes of Saturday’s Monaco E-Prix. The pair collided while racing for ninth position, with Frijns retiring immediately with damaged suspension, while Sims finished in 13th place.

***Susie Wolff lauded Felipe Massa’s best ever Formula E performance after he took third place in Venturi’s home race.

“Our headquarters is just over the rock, so to be on the podium at our home race in Monaco, with our president Gildo Pastor here and the incredible local support, makes a very special day for us,” said Wolff.

***Oliver Rowland took the three points for setting the pole position lap despite then getting shuffled back to third place on the starting grid after his penalty for causing an accident in Paris was applied.

“That is always how I thought it worked but then they gave JEV the trophy and said you don’t get it and I was like, ‘well I am pretty sure I do actually’, Rowland told e-racing365. “I was just sure that was the way it worked. Obviously I set the fastest lap and then my penalty is from the last race so I shouldn’t really be penalized twice.”

***Pascal Wehrlein claimed the fastest lap point to add to his 12 accrued for fourth place in the race. The German though rued an early race lock-up which saw him drop from second position behind both Rowland and Massa.

***Stoffel Vandoorne’s HWA Racelab-run Venturi VFE05 suffered extensive damage during a fraught race in which the Belgian suffered multiple contacts.

“I don’t think there is a single spot on my car that was not hit,” said Vandoorne, who was classified in tenth place. “I was simply unlucky in a few situations, in which I lost positions.”

***Race winner Jean-Eric Vergne was fined €5000 for slackening his safety belts during the cool down lap after taking the checkered flag.

***Earlier in the day Formula E shareholder Nico Rosberg sampled the Jaguar IPACE eTROPHY VIP car, taking Prince Albert of Monaco around the Formula E circuit. FIA road safety awareness campaigner Rosberg and his royal passenger completed the ‘hot laps’ without the use of helmets.

***DS Techeetah President Edmund Chu said that the clear target for the team has always been adding more titles to its initial success when Jean-Eric Vergne won the drivers’ title last season.

“Going into Season Five the goal was to retain the drivers’ championship and we want to win the teams’ championship,” Chu told e-racing365. “That is the goal of our team and we are going to keep on pushing hard.”

***Andre Lotterer rose from 20th on the starting grid to place seventh in the final results after surging through the pack in what DS Techeetah’s Ivan Yim described to e-racing365 as “a very accomplished and very determined drive, quite brilliant.”

***Mitch Evans received a formal reprimand for activating 250 kW slightly early in the Super Pole session. The offense is deemed not to have gained him an advantage from a performance perspective but due to it being his third offence he was docked ten places on the grid.

***Max Guenther’s race was compromized by a ten-place grid penalty which was handed out for the GEOX Dragon driver notching up a third Full Course Yellow overspeeding sanction of the season.

***Guenther started from the back of the grid and was the first retirement after an accident with Edoardo Mortara’s Venturi and Jerome d’Ambrosio’s Mahindra severely damaged his Penske EV3.

***DS Techeetah extended its points advantage in the teams’ standings after Jean-Eric Vergne’s win and Andre Lotterer’s seventh place. The French-based, Chinese-entered team now sits 38 points ahead of Envision Virgin Racing which failed to score a point for the third time this season.

***The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY organization is holding detailed debriefs of each event this season so it can easily address any operational and paddock issues for its sophomore season in 2019-20.

“The first year was always going to be a year when we assessed what went well and what we could do better next season,” Jaguar Racing director James Barclay told e-racing365. “It’s a very complex job to fit everything in to the city areas we race in. But overall there have been very few issues, and the ones there have been will be dealt with in terms of logistics and operations.”

***The Extreme E squad set to be entered by a new entity which includes Jean-Eric Vergne is close to being announced, according to the reigning Formula E champion. Details of the initiative will come “pretty soon, possibly next month”, said Vergne when questioned by e-racing365.

***A new mega factory in Hefei Province in China which is being built by VW and JAC will be completed in the summer of 2020. The facility will initially build three EV models with an annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles.

***Former Tesla chief engineer Peter Rawlinson has started a new position as CEO with the California EV company Lucid Motors with which he joined in 2013. Lucid Motors, through its Atieva affiliate, provided some of the engineering service of the current Formula E battery in conjunction with McLaren Applied Technologies.

***Among those spotted in the Monaco paddock yesterday were former Audi LMP driver Marco Bonanomi, Philippe Bianchi, father of the late F1 driver Jules, FIA president Jean Todt and former Formula E Holdings Ltd. chairman Simon Freer.

***Nelson Piquet Jr.’s management representative Steve Hewitt was in a Formula E paddock for the first time since the Brazilian was replaced with Alexander Lynn in March. Piquet is believed to be in discussions with teams about a possible return to Formula E next season.

***BMW i unveiled the new BMW i8 Roadster safety car at Monaco. The car has been designed on its sister model, the BMW i8 Coupé safety car.

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Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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