BMW i Andretti Motorsport endured a disappointing race one of the Diriyah ePrix in Saudi Arabia as the ABB FIA Formula E world championship completed their first ever night race. Speaking following the race Speaking following the race, Team Principal Roger Griffths commented saying:
“Obviously, that was not the race we hoped for. It’s a disappointing start to the season. Maximilian sat in a pretty comfortable sixth position but then lost the car. The left side is damaged but the guys will look at it now and get it fixed for tomorrow. Jake learned a lot today. He had a conservative start, but especially in the second half of the race he showed strong pace. He will sleep on everything he experienced today and will come back stronger tomorrow. So will the whole team. We will analyse what happened today, improve certain things and come back fighting in tomorrow’s event.”
Maximilian Gunther started the race from ninth place but was forced to retire from the race and speaking afterwards he said:
“I had a good start into the race. I gained two positions immediately. For the majority of the race I was in P6 taking care of energy management so I was in a really good position for the final laps of the race to score good points. Then I unfortunately touched the wall in turn 2, crashed into the barriers and damaged the car. I’m really sorry about that for the team. Anyway, all in all I am pretty satisfied with our race pace. Now we have to move on and concentrate on tomorrow.”
Jake Dennis started the race from 14th place and came home in 12th and speaking following the action he said:
There was a lot to learn in my first Formula E race, but all in all it wasn’t too bad. I kept out of trouble and made up a few positions. For me it basically was a day of learning. Tomorrow will hopefully be better. I’ll start in qualifying group two, which will be another challenge for me.