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2020/21 ROUND 7: MONACO E-PRIX

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Overtakes galore in Monaco: Da Costa wins the Monaco E-Prix after last lap overtake

Da Costa was the fastest racer in qualifying, and with 12 thousands of a second ahead of Robin Frijns who was fastest in the qualifying group stage, and Mitch Evans of Jaguar, with Jaguars being 1-2 in both Practice Sessions. 
Other championship contenders, Mercedes drivers, Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne qualified in positions 23 and 15, while the other Jaguar of Sam Bird started from 16th place.


In lap one, BMW of Dennis stopped at Mirabeau corner, while Wehrlein had a collision with Alexander Sims, and Sims was left with a lot of damage. Frijns was all over Da Costa's gearbox wanting to take his position away, which happened in lap three  in the first corner.


The Attack Mode activation period started in lap seven. In lap nine, Jean-Eric Vergne began his overtake maneuver on Evans, which didn't end well as the double Formule E Champion didn't turn into the chicane after the tunnel, and with that he slowed Evans. Da Costa used this opportunity to go past both of them, with Evans overtaking Vergne in Tabac corner.


Frijns activated his Attack Mode after Da Costa which he used to get back into first place. The Dutch driver immediately used his second Attack Mode, and got past Da Costa again, to be in the lead of the race for the third time.


Guenther managed to get past Vergne in lap 16, while Da Costa used his FanBoost in lap 17 to get back into the lead, only to be passed by Evans, who waited to use his second Attack Mode and pass both his competitors for Jaguar to be in the lead again.


Rast clipped the wall in turn one on lap 17, and was left stranded on the hill after turn one, which saw the first Safety Car period of the race. With less than six minutes plus one lap remaining, the race restarted, with Vergne activating his second Attack Mode after failing to activate it before the Safety Car period.


Vergne passed Guenther for fourth position and was at the back of Frijns in third with one percent of energy, and he could not keep close to the Envision Virgin racer. Da Costa managed to get past Evans who was running on decimals of percent. The Kiwi crossed the line in third, after Frijns passed him on the line.


Vergne brought his Techeetah car home in 4th, ahead of Guenther, and Nissan of Oliver Rowland. Sam Bird got the second Jaguar to 7th with Cassidy, Posche of Andre Lotterer and Mahindra of Alex Lynn completing the top 10.

After being the first Formula E driver to win an E-Prix on the full Grand Prix track, Da Costa is now 4th in the standings with 52 points. Robin Frijns leads with 62, ahead of De Vries, who has 57, and Mitch Evans with 54. Sam Bird is fifth for Jaguar with 49.