Nyck de Vries as Robin Frijns managed to get through the preliminary round on Saturday morning. Both Dutchmen entered Group B. Defending Formula E champion De Vries took first place with his Mercedes shortly before the end with a time of 1:31.271. Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans managed to hide 0.026 to come out in 1.31.245. Third place went to Porsche driver Andre Lotterer with a time of 0.068. Frijns was two minutes on the clock thanks to a 1.31.405. The second man in the championship, driving for Envision Racing, failed to improve in his last race around this time. The chrono was enough for a place in the quarterfinals. Frijns was fourth.
Fastest man Stoffel Vandoorne from Group A advanced to the knockout stage alongside Pascal Wehrlein, Jean-Eric Vergne and Lucas di Grassi.
End of the line quarterfinals
Frijns had to meet Vandoorne in the first quarterfinals. Vandoorne won the Benelux match. de Vries’ Belgian team-mate was 0.158 seconds faster over a lap in Monte Carlo. De Vries suffered greatly from excitement in his duel and had to acknowledge his superior in Vergne. The difference was half a second. Wehrlein beat Porsche teammate Lotterer. The fourth semifinalist was Evens, who relegated Di Grassi to his place with the fastest time of the quarterfinals (1.30.053).
Wehrlein pulled away with Vandoorne in the semifinals. The German ran 1:30:065 and was 0.178 faster. Evans defeated Vergne thanks to 1.30.001 and a difference of 0.117. Evans won the last duel for pole position. His 1.29.830 set a new Formula E track record for Monte Carlo. In the last four editions of the Monaco E-Prix, the winner has always been on pole. Championship leader Vergne is third on Saturday afternoon. Next to him is Vandoorne, third in the World Cup, in P4. Behind Di Grassi and Lotterer are Frijns and De Vries (eighth in the championship) in P7 and P8 respectively.
The Monaco E-Prix starts at 3 p.m.