BMWi Andretti Motorsports Maximilian Guenther scored his first ABB FIA Formula E championship win on Saturday in Santiago Chile, making a last lap surge to overtake DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix Da Costa to take BMWi Andretti Motorsports second win of the season.
Speaking following the race, Guenther said:
Today is a dream come true. For all of us, it was about managing the race in hot conditions and it was a straight fight to the finish. Having not made a great start on the dirty side of the track, which actually cost me position, we used the extra power for ATTACK MODE very cleverly. That ultimately allowed me to take the lead. In those temperatures, it was also important to keep an eye on the battery. We did that really well and on the final lap, Antonio had to coast a little earlier than me on the straight. I thought to myself it is now or never and went for the overtake. Fortunately, it came off!”
Antonio Felix Da Costa said:
“So much happened during that race! It is a bit of an awkward situation losing the win to BMW i Andretti Motorsport as my old team, but congratulations to Max. I am happy where I am, and we are only going to get better and improve as a team. It is going to be a fun season. A lot of positives to take away, but I lost out at the start as I got a massive hit from behind and my steering was never straight for the rest of the race. However, we have speed in the car and that made all the difference. I lost a lot of time behind JEV and was fed some wrong information on temperatures and when it all came down to the last lap… these guys just managed it better.”
It was a great day for Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans who scored a third place finish for the team and as a result is in seventh place in the championship on 41 points.
Speaking following the race he said:
The execution of the race sort of slipped out of our hands. It was a bit of a strange one. Looking at the positives we have got some good points and a podium after having a bad start to the season. Starting from pole I wanted to walk away with a win, but we clearly still have work to do. In qualifying we had some good speed and I just could not keep up and convert that into race pace. For the first three laps I had some system issues where I was not getting any readings. I am a bit disappointed obviously as when you start the race in first place you want to end there. Full credit to these guys, they were super quick.”
Stoffel Vandoorne’s sixth place finish for the Mercedes Benz EQ team was enough for the Belgian to maintain a slim lead of three points in the championship to Alexander Sims as the series heads to Mexico for round four of the championship and speaking following the race he said:
That was a tough and highly eventful race for me. It’s important for us to have scored good points again. That’s what counts in this championship.”