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Vandoorne takes championship lead with Monaco win

Stoffel Vandoorne moves into the FIA Formula E championship lead with victory on the streets of Monte Carlo.

The Mercedes driver took the race lead after an apparent mechanical issues for Pascal Wehrlein took him out of the race.

The victory moves Vandoorne to 10 points ahead of Wehrlein in the championship standings.

Pole sitter Mitch Evans held onto the lead off the line, but couldn’t shake Wehrlein. The Porsche driver was able to get alongside Evans at one point, but Evans held on. The battle drew in Vandoorne and Jean-Eric Vergne and, by the time Evans moved to take Attack Mode, he had a small train of drivers behind him.

Evans and Wehrlein swapped positions twice as each took Attack Mode, but Evans was struggling with energy management and couldn’t keep up the battle at the front of the field.

Wehrlein was leading comfortably from Vandoorne when he began to slow, the back left of his car appearing out of shape. Wehrlein tried to nurse his car back to the pits while the rest of the field came past, only to stop just past the tunnel, prompting a full course yellow.

Racing resumed with just under 16 minutes on the clock, but only for a few moments before being neutralised again. Oliver Rowland had been overtaking Andre Lotterer when the two made contact. Lotterer was sent into the wall at turn one, with Rowland coming to a stop further down the track. This time a full safety car was brought out.

Vandoorne remained relatively unchallenged through the final stage of the race. Evans was forced to take his second Attack Mode, leaving him in a battle with Vergne and Robin Frijns. It was a battle Evans would emerge on top of, but he was still 1.2s behind Vandoorne as he took the chequered flag.

Behind them, Vergne just managed to hold of Frijns to take the final podium position.

On the other side of the Jaguar garage, it was a miserable race for Sam Bird. After starting 13th, he dropped back on the opening lap then continued to slip down the field. He was significantly off the pace and came into the pits to retire after seven laps. Eduardo Mortara also retired six laps before the chequered flag.

Mortara’s team-mate Lucas Di Grassi finished sixth after a relatively trouble free race, just behind Antonio Felix Da Costa.

Nyck Cassidy took seventh ahead of Sebastien Buemi, who climbed up from the back of the grid to take eighth.

Jake Dennis and Nyck de Vries completed the top 10.

Bethonie Waring

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