Formula E cars will not use the pit lane as an Attack Zone area at the Monaco E-Prix later this month, after the idea was seriously considered as a possibility in recent weeks.
E-racing365 reported in March that a plan was being considered to use the pit lane which is accessed immediately after the La Rascasse corner on the 1.096-mile circuit.
However, after discussions between the FIA, Formula E and the Automobile Club de Monaco, the Attack Zone has been located between the harborside hairpin and the Tabac corner.
“[The Attack Zone] will be between Turn 4 and 5 on the harborside before Tabac,” Formula E sporting director Frederic Espinos confirmed to e-racing365.
“We chose it because the drivers cannot overtake easily here so the goal was to put it in the best place where they only have the positive and advantage of the Attack Zone.”
Espinos confirmed that the pit lane had been studied to see if it could be safely used to lay the three triggering transponder loops for the attack boost which gives drivers an extra 25 kW of power.
“We were really thinking about doing the zone in the pit lane but for general safety reasons we decided against this. It would have been tricky, especially with people working there it was clearly not ideal,” explained Espinos.
“It was a good idea and would have been interesting in terms of strategy but when we started talking about the pros and cons of people in the pit lane and it was too complex mainly on safety.”
Another plan to locate the Attack Zone on the outside of La Rascasse was also considered but ultimately rejected.
“We also looked at it [at La Rascasse] but it was difficult and it would have been easy to block and have a silly accident there and block the track,” Espinos explained.
The consultation for the Attack Zone planning and location was conducted mostly between race director Scot Elkins, Formula E and the ACM.
E-racing365 understands that the usual shakedown session held at tracks on the Friday afternoon will not take place at Monaco.