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Wolff Welcomes Monaco Track Decision

The short version of the Monaco circuit is intrinsic to Formula E, according to Susie Wolff…

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Susie Wolff believes the short version of the Monaco track on which Formula E will compete next May will create a unique spectacle.

The Venturi Formula E team principal believes the all-electric championship needs “its own platform” as it continues to compete on the 1.097-mile track.

The exact specification of track that Formula E would race on in the principality was the subject of a difference of opinion between the FIA and Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag earlier this year.

Ultimately, the FIA drove through plans to keep the event on the short track which sees the section from Massenet through to the harbour-front chicane completely bypassed.

This was despite several drivers making public their preference to host the race on the full Grand Prix track which includes the famous Casino Square and Tunnel section of the iconic circuit.

“I was certainly very vocal on it being on the short circuit and everyone has their own opinion on it, but for me, the most important thing about racing in Monaco is about creating a spectacle,” Wolff told e-racing365.

“Creating a great race for Formula E, whether that is on the long track or the short track, is paramount.

“I believe that the short track is going to provide a better race and Formula E is its own platform, it doesn’t need to race on the same track, just because Formula One is on a different track.”

One of Wolff’s drivers at the Monaco-based team believes that racing on the shorter track will make little overall difference to the way the Formula E race is received.

Felipe Massa, who competed in 15 Monaco Grands Prix from 2002 to 2017, said that the sole priority is for Formula E to have a spectacular race, irrespective of what circuit it competes on.

“You know, it is more or less the same track, it is only a few corners different at the end, so it is not, a massive change,” Massa told e-racing365.

“For me, I just think that Formula E needs to do the best for their championship, not because F1 is doing something and they need to do exactly the same.

“That is the mentality the championship has and hopefully we can have a good race on the short circuit, that is the only thing that I hope we can see.”

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Kris

    November 17, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Paraphrasing Wolff “for me, the most important thing about racing in Monaco is about creating a spectacle,” and the Casino Square and Tunnel are part of it…

  2. Chris

    November 17, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Totally disagree. They don’t need to car swap any more so they could race on the Nordschliefe if they wanted to. They need to race on the full track at Monaco. End of story.

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