Formula E racing ranks rather low in terms of public excitement and has a long way to go before it catches up with what aficianados of motor racing call ‘the real thing’ – coming to Monaco later this month.

The real excitement on Saturday was the appearance of Princess Charlene alongside husband Prince Albert after more than a year of absence from public events. Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella made up the family quartet, with Prince Albert handing the winner’s cup to Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Princess Charlene and Princess Gabriella doing the honours for second-place.

Vandoorne hailed a ‘special’ day after winning his first Formula E victory that puts him top of the Drivers’ Championship before the half-way point of Season 8.


PHOTOS: Prince’s Palace