Vandoorne is having a strong season in Formula E, but crossing the line first was not yet in it for the Mercedes driver this year. That changed in Monaco. From fourth on the grid, Vandoorne drove a strategically strong race, and once he took the lead a little after the halfway point, the competition could no longer threaten him.
“If there’s one race you want to win, it’s in Monaco”, beamed Vandoorne after he got out of his electric car cheering. “Last year it was very difficult for us here (Vandoorne didn’t make it to the end due to braking problems, ed.), and even during the first races of this season, all the puzzle pieces never fell into place. I did take a few pole positions, but it seemed impossible to win. That’s why I decided to drop pole for this race and win the race”, Vandoorne concluded with a joke.
In the standings, the West Flemish is now the new leader. Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans, respectively third and second in Monaco, follow on six and nine points. Among the attentive spectators in the principality not only F1 World Cup leader Charles Leclerc, but also Toto Wolff, the boss of the sporting program at Mercedes. The Austrian will probably have had a chat with Vandoorne after the festivities, with his immediate future as the subject. The Mercedes Formula E team will after all stop after this season, but there is a chance that it will be taken over by McLaren, Vandoorne’s ex-F1 employer. The West Fleming himself does not want to say too much about it yet. “Let us first finish this season as well as possible,” it sounded.