BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Jake Dennis took his second ABB FIA Formula E race win of the season on Saturday as the Brit took victory at home as the ABB FIA Formula E world championship raced around London’s ExCeL Arena as the series returned to the capital for the first time since 2016. Dennis started the race from the front row in second place and took his first win since Valencia earlier this year.
Speaking following the win he said:
“I am super happy. I pretty much didn’t know what to expect going into the race. It was a little bit different to normal, with really not much energy-saving going on. It was obviously an intense battle with Alex Lynn; I was trying to put him under pressure. We took the risk to stay up in front when he took his second attack mode. I knew I could keep him behind, but I didn’t know if it would work out better or not. Luckily he made a small mistake and then it was about three qualifying laps to pull the two-second gap before I went for my second attack mode. Then it was just a matter of bringing it home when we got the lead. We had really severe vibrations on the right rear. It was probably in the last 15 laps of the race. I was generally not taking any kerb just to make sure to bring it home. Now being third in the championship is far more than I expected at the beginning of the season.”
Maximillian Gunther started the race from 24th place and came home in 20th and speaking following the race he commented saying:
Congratulations to the entire team. Unfortunately, I could not see what was going on ahead in the race from where I was, but of course, that was a great job by Jake. He was great in qualifying and drove a superb race. During practice, I felt good in the car. It was the same in qualifying too but then I unfortunately had that crash. That was the end of our chances for today. That is hard to take but it is also part of the business. In the race, I did all I could to get the most out of it but I was a long way from the points. Tomorrow is a brand new day and that is what we are concentrating on now.
Roger Griffiths (BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team Principal, team standings: 6th place):
“From Jake’s point of view, it was a strong qualifying session that put him on the front row. After a sensible start from him, he settled into a good rhythm and then we experienced some smart driving from him and some smart strategy calls from the engineering team. We saw the result with Jake on the podium and massive rewards towards his championship position. On Maximilian’s side of the garage it was a different story. What was looking like a good qualifying lap really came to nothing with the impact into the wall. It took a big team effort to get the car rebuilt in time for the race. Both car crews got together and worked well. That shows the strength of the team. Unfortunately with Maximilian starting from the back, it meant it was going to be hard work all afternoon. He made up some positions, but after another contact he slipped back to P20. I am looking forward to tomorrow. Let’s see what we can do again here in London.”