BMW i Andretti superstar vaults up to 3rd in the standings with London E-Prix success
Jake Dennis produced a sensational power in the foremost leg of the London E-Prix as the British driver scored a dwelling victory in the foremost of two ABB FIA System E World Championship races this weekend.
The BMW i Andretti superstar held procedure off-the-line as the young Briton establish about hounding pole-sitter and fellow countryman Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing) for the foremost half of of the bustle.
Lynn defended valiantly as the lead duo simultaneously took their first ATTACK MODE barely separated by half of a 2d on-computer screen, sooner than a commerce of approach thereafter handed the advantage to Dennis.
Dennis nipped by as Lynn took the broader line to spark off his 2d ATTACK MODE, and the old by no manner regarded again as he cruised high quality to boom a 2d System E gain after Valencia in his rookie season.
Extremely, the cease consequence and subsequent facets haul has vaulted Dennis up to 3rd in the overall standings – ethical two facets off the championship summit with most attention-grabbing three races of the campaign final.
Lynn used to be soon joined in fight by Nyck De Vries (Mercedes-EQ) and Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams).
Mercedes man De Vries made his trot unhurried on to grab 2d, with Lynn polishing off the rostrum positions.
Buemi carried out fourth on the road, however each he and Nissan e.dams crew-mate Oliver Rowland were disqualified put up-bustle for the usage of energy over the regulated restrict.
André Lotterer produced a laborious-earned and plenty fundamental fourth for Tag Heuer Porsche, whereas it used to be line astern for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in fifth and sixth as René Rast held off crew-mate Lucas Di Grassi in a bustle-long fight.
Stoffel Vandoorne scored exact facets for Mercedes-EQ in seventh as the German manufacturer reignited its mission for the Teams’ championship, transferring up to fourth following an excellent day in London.
Devoted 15 facets now separate the cease six teams with DS TECHEETAH maintaining the lead at the cease of the portray.
With many of the important thing Drivers’ championship challengers languishing down the portray, it proved to be a truly vital eighth narrate lift out for António Félix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) as the reigning champion made stellar circulate-after-circulate to bring dwelling some facets, which might per chance well per chance per chance elaborate needed arrangement the cease of the season.
Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and Pascal Wehrlein (Tag Heuer Porsche) were promoted to ninth and tenth respectively following the disqualification of every Nissan e.dams cars.
Jaguar Racing continued a unhealthy day on dwelling soil as Sam Bird retired following contact on the gap lap, even supposing the Briton used to be considerably relieved to hold on to the championship lead with but another bustle to arrangement again the next day.
This sharp ABB FIA System E World Championship is building in direction of a thrilling climax with the cease 9 racers blanketed by ethical 13 facets in the standings, even supposing more than a dozen drivers dwell in opponents.
As ever, it has been but but another ground-breaking weekend for the ABB FIA System E World Championship with the London E-Prix proving to be the field’s first ever FIA-sanctioned indoor/originate air motor bustle, as the unusual circuit layout runs within the ExCeL London sooner than blasting out into the light and taking to the Tarmac all around the neatly-known venue.
This wasn’t basically the most attention-grabbing pioneering example of the weekend, as the London E-Prix additionally hosted the foremost FIA Ladies on Song match of 2021 – the FIA Ladies in Motorsport Commission’s grassroots programme for young girls between 8 and 18 years mature.
Earlier this year, the FIA and System E announced a six-year extension to their long-established collaboration on the FIA Ladies on Song programme, and London kicked off the circulate, with the match benefitting countless young girls and providing them with weird acquire entry to to the sharp world of motor sport.
The on-computer screen circulate is powerful from over this weekend with the 2d leg of the ABB FIA System E World Championship London E-Prix taking narrate the next day (25 July).
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
“After the kind of exact qualifying, to now acquire the gain is ethical sensational. I made a special helmet for this weekend, a British helmet and I’m ethical over the moon. It used to be a ultimate job by your complete crew. We took a menace with the approach, we will acquire performed it favorable however we felt like we had better straggle than Mahindra and it paid off. Because it wasn’t such an energy microscopic bustle, I might per chance well per chance per chance attain five laps fully pushing and this allowed me to arrangement the gap to Lynn. After I noticed him arrangement a mistake at flip 10, I thought ‘here we trot for the gain’. I ethical fundamental three qualifying form laps and managed to attain it and acquire that 2 2d gap and seize the gain. I’m over the moon.”
Mercedes-EQ System E Crew
Nyck de Vries
“I made expend of Fanboost very neatly at the present time to exact 2d narrate and Alex used to be very kind in that overtake moment as I maintain he thought we were a chunk stronger at that time in the bustle. It’s huge to arrangement again again after a beautiful sophisticated time – partly attributable to acquire struggles, however additionally some issues out of our control, so it’s in actuality high quality to arrangement again again here and salvage a podium, in particular in the fashion we did it. We felt exact and competitive the earlier day and additionally from qualifying and the wet running at the present time so very pleased to give this again to the crew.”
“It is a tight job, we obtained pole – carried out third – with exact straggle, however we didn’t acquire sufficient for Jake & Nyck. We know the bustle isn’t in actuality our strongest enviornment of skills, so we now acquire got obtained to be glad with that.”