Maximilian Günther (Maserati MSG) perfectly managed the second free practice session of the 6th Monaco E-Prix and set the best time in 1:29.269. That’s only 7/1000 ahead of Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS), who was the fastest in the first session earlier this morning.
This nice performance marks the return of the Italian brand in the Principality, over fifty years after the last participation of Maserati in a Monaco Grand Prix, with an engine placed in 1969 in the Cooper of Vic Elford. Since then, the Monegasque circuit has seen many vintage Maseratis pass on its track during its historic event, but Formula E is a new adventure that looks pretty encouraging from the start, judging by the performance of the drivers entered by the former Venturi team, still based in Monaco.
Behind Günther, who has already won three times in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, and Evans, who just won two races out of three in Sao Paulo and Berlin, 3rd place in this session was taken by Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti). The Briton finished ahead of Sergio Sette Camara (NIO 333), Stoffel Vandoorne (DS Penske), the reigning world champion, Sam Bird in the other Jaguar, and Sébastien Buemi aiming for a third success in the Principality.
Günther‘s time in his brand new GEN3 electric single-seater is already six tenths of a second better than Evans‘ pole position mark last year (1:29.839). This is very promising for the next big event of the day, from 10.30 a.m. onwards: a 2-phase qualifying session for the 6th Monaco E-Prix.