BMW I Andretti Motorsport endured a disappointing Berlin ePrix race 2 at Templehof Airport on Thursday.
Britain’s Alexander Sims was handed a 20 place drop for an unauthorized battery change. Starting the race from the pitlane and ended the event in 19th place missing out on a points finish coming home over 24 seconds behind race winner Antonio Felix Da Costa of DS Techeetah and speaking following the race he commented saying:
Starting from the pit lane, and with a penalty, that was obviously a pretty lonely race. Our only chance would have been if a safety car had made an appearance but that didn’t happen. Generally speaking, we have to understand why we have good pace in practice, but are unable to maintain that in qualifying.
Maximilian Gunther started the race from eleventh place but lost his wing early on forcing him to make an early pitstop for a new front wing and front tyre folloeing a puncture. Gunther failed to finish the race and speaking following the event he said:
The race started very well. I climbed three places and was then able to save some energy. I felt good in the car. Unfortunately, there was then an incident with Sam Bird. I hit the wall whilst battling with him and damaged the car. That is obviously disappointing, but these things unfortunately happen sometimes.
BMW I Andretti Motorsport Team Principal Roger Griffith commented on the race saying:
That was one of those days that you would like to rewind and start from the beginning again. It began badly, with the battery change on Alexander Sims’ car. We were then strong in practice, but unable to take that pace into qualifying. For Alexander, starting from the pit lane and the additional penalty meant his race was over before it even began. Maximilian Günther had a very good start and we were very promisingly positioned in the race. Unfortunately, there was then an incident with another car, which resulted in damage to the front wing and front-left tyre. We initially continued, to learn as much as possible for the coming races, but then called him back into the garage before the end of the race. We must use the time between now and the next race to analyse closely what we can do better.”
Friday is a rest day for the teams and drivers.