Formula E: latest news and miscellaneous info from Monaco

Formula E uses part of the Formula One circuit for the E-Prix in Monaco. The track will not be closed to public traffic until Saturday morning, so the usual shakedown session of the race cars has been omitted. The two Audi e-tron FE05 will go directly into the first free practice session at 7.30 AM on Saturday morning.

With a round of blackjack at the casino in Monaco, the two Audi drivers, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, got in the mood for the Formula E race in the gamblers’ paradise. Team Principal Allan McNish, who drove to the PR event in the new Audi e-tron*, served as the croupier.

In Monaco, Formula E takes turns with the historic Grand Prix every two years. Since Formula E’s last visit in May 2017, some sections of the circuit have been repaved.

Allan McNish and Lucas di Grassi can sleep in their own beds in Monaco: both have been living in the principality for years.

Between the two E-Prix events in Paris and Monaco, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi had busy schedules. In addition to preparing for the race in the simulator, they handled several PR commitments. For Abt, these included appearances at the DTM season opener at Hockenheim, the Wings for Life World Run in Munich and the OMR Festival in Hamburg, while di Grassi’s commitments mainly took place in Monaco.

On Monday, Lucas di Grassi will deliver a key note at the International VI-grade Conference in Frankfurt that is focused on artificial intelligence. On Wednesday, he will be visited in Monaco by six-time Olympic gold medalist Chris Hoy. The former track cycling pro is shooting a TV documentary about the Audi factory driver for Motor Trend.