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BMW i Andretti Motorsport poke to top of crew standings

BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Maximilian Günther clinched a richly deserved victory within the hot heat of Santiago after a fierce fight with DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa. Ending third used to be Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans.

Initiating from pole space, Evans led the way in which into the outlet laps of the 2020 Santiago E-Prix followed by Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein who handed Günther, now positioned in third. 

Championship chief Alexander Sims, Günther’s crew mate at BMW i Andretti Motorsport, came to a cessation now heading within the correct route inflicting a corpulent-route yellow length. His automobile used to be retrieved rapid and racing restarted with 37 minutes left on the clock.

Heading thru turn 10 and 11, Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland made contact with Envision Virgin Racing’s driver Sam Bird, detrimental his front hover which broke away from the car. Which skill Bird spun, loosing precious locations and dropping to 19th. Rowland therefore received a power thru penalty for inflicting the collision.

Deciding on up attack mode, Günther evolved on Rokit Venturi Racing driver Edoardo Mortara, the utilize of the extra energy to blast past the Venturi driver and poke into third. With Mortara in fourth and his teammate Felipe Massa in fifth, the 2 Venturi autos trailed the rostrum sitters, biding their time. 

Heading into turn 10 collectively, Massa used to be compelled huge by his teammate, hitting the wall and dropping to seventh. Taking succor of the scenario, reigning champion and DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne slipped past into fifth. 

With 25 minutes left on the clock, Evans maintained the lead with Günther now in 2nd, Wehrlein in third. Gentle in attack mode, Günther went for the lead slipping past Evans on the skill to expose 9. 

Ten minutes later, Wehrlein slowed allowing Vergne to pass into third to boot to his teammate da Costa. With the 2 DS Techeetah drivers in third and fourth, reigning champion Vergne’s front left tyre started rubbing on the hover, leaving a path of smoke within the help of him. Regardless, Vergne persisted – now in sixth – earlier than the hover broke off. With appropriate seven minutes to poke, Vergne pulled into the pits with his damaged automobile leaving his teammate battling now heading within the correct route for the head step of the rostrum. 

Making a ruin for 2nd, da Costa handed Evans on the long turn 8, now searching Günther for the assign. Maintaining out, Günther maintained the lead with less than three minutes left on the clock. With each and each autos coming into turn 10 collectively, da Costa compelled the BMW driver huge, passing on the within and into first.  

Entering the final lap Günther used to be reduction on the attack as da Costa led the way in which. Every with a identical stage of energy, Günther stormed past da Costa going into turn 9, regaining his richly deserved lead. Once around turn 10 and 11, the BMW driver clinched the assign with da Costa in 2nd and Evans in third.  

A time penalty left Nyck de Vries of Mercedes-Benz EQ Formulation E Crew classified in fifth space, while Wehrlein won twelve functions for fourth location. De Vries crew mate Stoffel Vandoorne accomplished sixth, with Audi’s Lucas di Grassi taking seventh having started 22nd after his qualifying factors.

James Calado of Panasonic Jaguar Racing used to be eighth ahead of Massa, with Bird finishing the head ten.

After one other searing showdown in Santiago, Formulation E now heads to Mexico Metropolis and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for round four of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formulation E Championship on 15 February.

Quotes

Maximilian Günther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport)

“These days is a dream come factual. For all of us it used to be about managing the toddle in hot conditions and it used to be a straight fight for the assign. Having no longer made a gigantic commence on the soiled facet of the tune, which worth me an arena, we old style the attack modes very cleverly. That allowed me to rob the lead. In that heat, it used to be additionally main to rob care of an peek on the temperature of the batteries. We did that actually properly. On the final lap, Antonio needed to flit reasonably earlier than me on the straight. I thought to myself ‘now or by no way’ and went for the overtake. Fortunately, it came off.”

Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH)

“So worthy has took location all the way thru the toddle. It’s reasonably of an awkward scenario shedding the assign to BMW i Andretti but congratulations to Max. A style of positives to rob away but I lost out on the commence as I got a huge hit from Sims and my steering used to be by no way straight for the relaxation of the toddle. On the opposite hand, we now maintain bustle within the car and that made the whole difference. I lost a huge selection of time within the help of JEV and fed some of the crucial opposed knowledge on temperatures and it all came all the way in which down to the final lap and these guys appropriate managed it better.

Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing)

“The execution of the toddle style of slipped from our fingers, it used to be reasonably of a irregular one. Taking a watch at the positives we’ve got some appropriate functions and a podium after having a corrupt commence of the season, so I’m chuffed with that. Initiating from P1 I wished to high-tail away with a assign, but we aloof maintain work to discontinue.”

2020 Santiago E-Prix (Rd 03)

1

Maximilian Guenther

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

46: 11.511s

2

Antonio Felix da Costa

DS TECHEETAH

+2.067s

3

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

+5.119s

4

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra Racing

+7.050s

5

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes-Benz EQ

+9.883s

6

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes-Benz EQ

+11.237s

7

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

+14.437s

8

James Calado

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

+18.255s

9

Felipe Massa

ROKiT Venturi Racing

+20.430s

10

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

+21.780s

11

Oliver Turvey

NIO 333

+27.778s

12

Nico Mueller

GEOX DRAGON

+33.786s

13

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

+43.257s

14

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

+47.198s

15

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

1 Lap

16

Ma Qing Hua

NIO 333

1 Lap

17

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

4 Laps

DNF

Jerome D’Ambrosio

Mahindra Racing

40 Laps

DNF

Brendon Hartley

GEOX DRAGON

35 Laps

DNF

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

32 Laps

DNF

Edoardo Mortara

ROKiT Venturi Racing

29 Laps

DNF

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

4 Laps

DNF

Neel Jani

TAG Heuer Porsche

2 Laps

DSQ

Andre Lotterer

TAG Heuer Porsche

28 Laps

Driver standings

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes-Benz EQ

38

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

35

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

28

Maximilian Guenther

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

25

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

24

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

22

Antonio Felix da Costa

DS TECHEETAH

21

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

21

Andre Lotterer

TAG Heuer Porsche

18

Edoardo Mortara

ROKiT Venturi Racing

18

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes-Benz EQ

18

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra Racing

12

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

10

James Calado

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

10

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

8

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

4

Felipe Massa

ROKiT Venturi Racing

2

Jerome D’Ambrosio

Mahindra Racing

2

Brendon Hartley

GEOX DRAGON

2

Oliver Turvey

NIO 333

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

Nico Mueller

GEOX DRAGON

Neel Jani

TAG Heuer Porsche

Ma Qing Hua

NIO 333

Crew standings

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

60

Mercedes-Benz EQ

56

Envision Virgin Racing

38

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

32

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

31

DS TECHEETAH

25

Nissan e.dams

22

ROKiT Venturi Racing

20

TAG Heuer Porsche

18

Mahindra Racing

14

GEOX DRAGON

2

NIO 333

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