The Monaco ePrix Race Weekend with TAG Heuer
There is no more iconic spot for race fans than Monaco; the principality is taken over every spring by enthusiasts near and far for an unforgettable display of skill and style.
No, I am not talking about the Grand Prix. That happens in a few weeks. Instead, I am talking about the ePrix. A race filled with so many similar attributes to any Formula 1 race except one huge thing: it’s far more kind to the environment.
A Pre-Race Preview
Prior to the race on Thursday evening, Formula E and the FIA unveiled the new GEN3 electric race car at the Monaco Yacht Club. The first-ever carbon-neutral Formula E car, this car is the fastest and most efficient the series has ever seen.
The party had all the key figures in the FIA as well as some friends from Formula 1, most noticeably the weekend’s top contenders Pascal Wehrlein and André Lotterer from TAG Heuer Porsche were in attendance, visibly excited for Saturday’s race and the future of Formula E, especially with the GEN3.
After having interviewed Lotterer in the fall for New York’s ePrix, it was clear his heart resides in Monaco and TAG Heuer, for that matter. The driver lives in Monaco, and his first watch was a TAG Heuer Link, making this weekend even more special, as the track is practically in his backyard.
Race Day in The BOSS Emotion Club
Arriving in style at the BOSS Emotion Club via a private boat, race day began with all the pomp and circumstance for which Monaco is known. The anticipation in the pits was palpable as teams made “Pit Walks” to their respective garages, and Mitch Evans of Jaguar TCS was looking to take his third consecutive win.
Situated across the pit lane, the BOSS Emotion Club was abuzz with excitement when the race began. Throughout the first half of the race, hopes were high for both Evans and Wehrlein as they battled for pole position, whizzing past us spectators.
But as I took a break from the action, it became evident that this was the location to watch the race. Among just some of the perks at the BOSS club was endless champagne, past Formula 1 champions, and the latest collection of TAG Heuer models. Needless to say, but the events of this weekend have me hooked on the ePrix.
The Final Flag
As the race began its final lap through the stylish streets of Monaco and the last glasses of champagne were poured, Stoffel Vandoorne beat out Evans and Wehrlein, leading his Mercedes-EQ car to a well-deserved victory.
Even without my team winning, the weekend was still a riot. The race, other than being shorter and quieter than Formula 1 (which, to be honest, isn’t a bad thing), was not much different than a traditional race. Plus, it was less taxing on the planet. With the New York ePrix happening this July, I’d say that you should definitely give ePrix a try.