Andre Lotterer leaves the garage

Monaco e-Prix preview – Will it be nine different winners around the streets of Monte Carlo?

When Dutchman Robin Frijns held off Andre Lotterer to win a chaotic Paris e-Prix, he incredibly became the eighth different race winner in this most unpredictable of race seasons.

Whether it’s the controversial qualifying format, homologation of chassis, propensity for accidents or the highly competitive driver line-up, Formula E in 2019 has been something of a lottery.

One driver hoping that lottery continues is DS TECHEETAH driver Andre Lotterer, surely the best never to have made the top step of the podium and the form driver of the season. The German must be wondering when that win is going to happen, having led in Hong Kong before being punted by Sam Bird and also in Rome before a late, brilliant overtake by Mitch Evans.

He was close again in Paris but had to settle for second. So, will Monaco be the place for the local resident to win his first and become the season’s ninth different winner?

Andre Lotterer in the pits

“I’m super excited to drive the DS E-TENSE FE19 around the Monaco track for the first time this week,” said Lotterer. “I’ve lived in Monaco since 2012 but I’ve never raced here so that will be a first. It will be amazing to wake up at home, have a coffee on the balcony and then walk down to the track, it’s not many times in your career you get to do that.

“I’m incredibly motivated to have a good result in Monaco. I’ve had two second places now so it’s time to turn that into a first place. As a driver, winning is all that you think about. You live and breathe it so being close yet so far really triggers you to wanting it even more and I will give it all I got. It’s all about every single little point as the championship is a numbers game in the end of the day and we can’t take any gambles.”

The championship itself couldn’t be tighter. DS TECHEETAH holds a narrow seven-point lead over Envision Virgin Racing in the team standings and 20 points covering the top seven drivers, Lotterer a point behind championship leader Frijns.

It all adds to what should be another exciting electric street race around the most iconic of all racing circuits. And it’s the one every driver wants to win.

Fraser Masefield

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