Monaco and motorsport go together like Romeo and Juliet. There’s something romantic about the way that both drivers and fans alike love the small Principality, and its tight turns and narrow streets mean that, much like Shakespeare’s famous love story, races can often end in tragedy.
The glitz and glamour of racing on the streets of Monte Carlo can be seldom found at any other circuit, so it comes as no surprise that the historic track has found its way onto the calendar for the inaugural season of Formula E.
However, some track sections, as famous as the street circuit itself, have found themselves cut from the newly revealed layout for the upcoming Monaco ePrix.
Gone are Beau Rivage, Casino Square, Mirabeau, the Grand Hotel Hairpin, Portier, the infamous Tunnel and the Nouvelle Chicane – all missing from the 1.2 mile (2km) ePrix circuit layout, which has been shortened to cope with the reduced range of the cars.
Drivers will instead head up the straight after St. Devote before navigating a new hairpin into Tabac, followed by the Swimming Pool, La Rascasse and Anthony Noghes before returning onto the start/finish straight.
The Monaco ePrix, which takes place on the 9 May 2015, will not appear on the 2015/16 Formula E calendar as it clashes with the Principality’s Historic Grand Prix.
Click on the video below to see the newly announced track layout in action, digitally recreated in a racing simulator.
Image credit: Herry Lawford – Monte Carlo (Flickr), CC BY 2.0