The man in form at the moment, Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS), was the fastest in the first of the two free practice sessions for this 6th Monaco E-Prix. The New Zealander, who has just won two of the last three races, set the fastest lap in 1:30.361, ahead of the reigning world champion, Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne (DS Penske).
By way of comparison, Evans, who finished second last year behind Vandoorne, managed to go almost one second faster than Nyck de Vries‘ time in the first free practice of the 2022 edition. Proof, once again this season, that the new GEN3 electric cars are more efficient, thanks to higher power and a radical design, among various assets.
Behind Evans and Vandoorne, the first surprise of the day came from the Maserati MSG drivers, Maximilian Günther and Edoardo Mortara, who immediately showed the ambitions of the former Venturi team, still based in the Principality. They were ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, winner here in 2019, in the other DS Penske, and René Rast, the new kid on the block at NEOM McLaren. Two serious customers, Sébastien Buemi (Envision Racing), in 8th place, and Sam Bird in 10th, in the other Jaguar, also made their mark.
The only minor incident in this session was when Lucas di Grassi, the former FIA Formula E champion, lost the rear of his Mahindra at Sainte-Dévote and prematurely interrupted his session.
Next free practice session, from 9:10 am on Circuit de Monaco.