BMW i Andretti Motorsports Maximilian Gunther made it nine different winners in the opening ten races of season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E world championship in race one in New York City on Saturday. Starting the race from fourth place he came through to take his third career win and speaking following the race he said:

“Winning here in New York at the team’s home race is very special, but it’s also a special victory because of the season we had so far. Many times things didn’t go our way and we couldn’t score as many points as we wanted to, but we always kept going and focused on ourselves. We know what we are capable of. Today we did a good job managing the race. I had the most energy of all frontrunners left in the end. That is an advantage, but overtaking still is very difficult here. Jean-Éric made the move into the hairpin, both race leaders ran wide and for me that was the perfect opportunity to overtake both. After that I was in a comfortable situation with the amount of energy I had left.”

Jake Dennis retired from the race and speaking following the event he commented saying:

“A pretty disappointing day, to be honest. In qualifying we were a bit out of position with the red flag, but I felt like we could move forward in the race. Everything was going well, we managed to go up to ninth and maybe were looking for a top-8 or top-7. But then unfortunately a car from behind made contact and gave me a puncture. That’s a shame, but it’s encouraging for tomorrow that we have definitely one of the fastest cars out there. As a team, we can be happy with the win today. Well done to Maximilian.”

Roger Griffiths (BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team Principal, team standings: 6th place):

“We couldn’t ask for any more today – a great result for the team. Super happy for a win here in New York at the home race for BMW i Andretti Motorsport. Seeing team owner Michael Andretti receive the trophy on the podium and listen to the US anthem was just great. Maximilian drove a very strong race from P4 on the grid after yet another Super Pole appearance. Then he managed a great pass against Jean-Éric Vergne and Nick Cassidy. I’m very pleased for him. He was on it today from the first practice session. Jake had an unfortunate day, first with the red flag that ruined his qualifying. He then drove a smart race with great overtaking and good use of attack mode and made it into the points, only to have his race ruined by a cut tyre following contact.”

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