MONTE CARLO – Antonio Felix da Costa used a last-lap pass to score a thrilling victory in Sunday’s Formula E Monaco E-Prix at Circuit de Monaco.
Mitch Evans led for a good chunk of the race, but as time ticked away during the timed race, energy became a pressing concern for Evans. Da Costa, along with Robin Frijns, spied their opportunity to pounce.
Da Costa made a risky move stick at the New Nouvelle Chicane on the final lap, locking up the tires on his car as he made the pass on Evans. It was enough for Da Costa, the defending Formula E champion, to hang on to take the victory.
“Winning a race in Formula E this year is very tricky,” Da Costa said. “We all have a very good understanding and make each race more challenging for each other. Mitch lost a lot of time fighting with JEV (Jean-Eric Vergne) and that helped me a lot. There were different factors that led me to the first step of the podium. It was a pleasure racing against Robin and Mitch – they raced super fairly. I put a lot of pressure on myself to win this race, we haven’t excelled this year and this weekend I worked a lot to get in the right mindset and come here and be successful.”
Robin Frijns was also able to slip by Evans on the last lap to finish second, with Evans fading to third at the checkered flag. Vergne was fourth, with Maximilian Günther finishing fifth.