BMW i Andretti Motorsport endured what they described as a disappointing race 2 of the Diriyah ePrix in Saudi Arabia after coming away with no points. Speaking following the race, Team Principal Roger Griffiths commented saying:
“Two days in a row we didn’t get the results we wanted. Yesterday was frustrating, Today, even more so, as both drivers had the chance to score points and ended up with DNFs. The day started with a challenge as we had to fit the battery back into Maximilian’s car after yesterday’s crash but all the mechanics did a great job. Despite a very late delivery of the battery, we only lost a few minutes of time in free practice. In qualifying we didn’t make the most of our opportunities. We felt the race would come to us in the final stages looking at energy management but in the end it wasn’t meant to be. We now try to put the Diriyah races behind us and move on to Europe.”
Speaking following the race, Jake Dennis commented saying:
“A bad day in the office for all of us with two DNFs. My race was going pretty well before my crash. I was saving a lot of energy and it looked good for the final laps of the race. Then Alexander Sims hit me first, I touched the wall and had a bit of suspension damage but the car was still driveable. Then Pascal Wehrlein came and pushed me straight into the wall. There was nothing I could do. All in all we could have had a better weekend. I had problems in qualifying; the race pace was good. Now we have to move on to the next one.”
Maximilian Gunther also retired from the race and speaking following the event he said:
I’m obviously very disappointed about the results of these two races in Diriyah. Right before the incident in today’s race I had to defend against Oliver Rowland behind me, who was in Attack Mode. I locked up braking into the corner on the inside and couldn’t stop the car. That’s how I unfortunately hit Tom Blomqvist. Before that I was unlucky using my own Attack Modes and couldn’t really make use of them. But still I could have scored some points. We will learn our lessons from this weekend and come back stronger for sure.