Tech failure deprives Wehrlein of Monaco win
MIM driver Pascal Wehrlein had done a splendid job in securing first row in qualifying and managing his race pace till getting in the lead of the Monaco e-prix, Round 6 of the FIA Formula E series. Wehrlein had been able to maintain his P2 qualifying position at the start, and made the best of the compulsory ‘attack mode’ by quickly recovering his position, passing both Mitch Evans – who appeared to be struggling with energy recovery – and Jean-Eric Vergne all the way uphill to Massenet corner. At that stage, the Monaco Increase driver looked all set for his second season win on MIM’s home turf, with nobody able to stop him on the challenging street circuit of the Principality, where Monaco Increase has its headquarters. But halfway through the race, just before the iconic Hotel hairpin, his Porsche 99X car developed a sudden technical failure, all systems on board blacked out and Wehrlein could only let it roll downhill after the tunnel to eventually retire from the race. Wehrlein had been able to qualify second best by easily entering the Top Four in his qualifying group (P2 with a 0.085 sec margin) and then beating team-mate Andre Lotterer in the quarter finals and Stoffel Vandoorne in the semi-finals, only to yield pole position to Evans in the final stage after locking his wheels at the Rascasse. Successive investigation by the Team was not 100% conclusive, but it looks like the failure was related to a battery issue. Nevertheless, Wehrlein’s pace in the one-day event clearly showed that the German-Mauritian MIM driver has a lot of potential to express in the forthcoming races of the season.