Another exciting challenge awaits Gary Paffett in his debut campaign this weekend as he heads to Monaco for the Monaco E-Prix in the ninth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, where Gary will be looking to be in the points again after a strong point-scoring performance in Paris last time out.
Following an impressive eighth place in Paris in the previous round, which saw Gary fightback in tricky wet conditions, manoeuvring his way from seventeenth on the grid to finish inside the points in eighth place.
The Monaco E-Prix will be held on a shorter variant of the famous Formula 1 circuit along the picturesque Monaco harbour. A narrow and winding route through the urban canyons of Monte Carlo awaits the drivers on the 1.76-kilometre and 12-corner street-circuit.
With Monaco E-Prix featuring on the Formula E calendar on a bi-annual basis - the new Gen2 models will also be making their debut down on the harbour front this weekend.
As in the previous two European races, overtaking will be no easy feat on the streets around the glamorous harbour. As such, a strong qualifying performance will once again be key to a positive race result this weekend. However, Gary’s pace as shown in Paris, proved it is possible to battle through from the back of the gird to finish in the points with a focussed performance.
Excited to be racing at Monaco, the SAP-sponsored driver is fully aware of what the challenges are that he will face this weekend and hopes to pick up some more points to see himself climb up the championship standings:
“I am really looking forward to Monaco. It is a special circuit and totally different to the tracks we have raced on so far. We have made good progress with the car recently. The race in Paris was particularly good and it was great to pick up some points. I am confident that we will be scoring points more and more regularly now. That is certainly our goal for Monaco.”
HWA RACELAB Team Principal, Ulrich Fritz, is also hoping for another positive outing for the team in Monaco:
“The pace we showed in the race in Paris was positive. Gary's fightback from P17 to P8 was impressive - and that despite all the fun and games with the weather. We now move on to Monaco - a place steeped in motorsport history. The circuit may only be 1.76 kilometres long, but it is still very challenging, with the narrow chicanes on the streets of Monte Carlo. Every little mistake is punished here. As in Paris, a good qualifying result will be important in Monaco, as overtaking is particularly difficult here."
Track action in Monaco gets underway on Saturday 11th at 06:30 (BST), with free practice one kicking off the weekend, with the second practice following shortly after at 09:00. Qualifying is scheduled for 10:45, with the Monaco E-Prix starting at 15:30.