Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E race victory in round 2 of the London ePrix doubleheader following an extremely chaotic event at the ExCeL Arena. Lynn who started the race from third place on the grid was awarded the win after Audi’s Rene Rast was qualified for failing to complete a drive-through penalty he was given to take the lead of the race by going through the pit lane of the race safety car. Speaking following the race, Lynn said:
“It’s hard to put my feelings into words to be honest! I can’t believe this has happened – it’s as special as it gets. Formula E has been an interesting journey for me, so to win is unbelievably special. We had to make it happen today and we did. I get the pleasure of driving the car and I’m thankful to the whole team; there’s not a group of guys and girls that doesn’t stay longer and wake up earlier than them so I’m thrilled for the whole team. This result comes off the back of yesterday’s Pole and podium, which already felt really good!”
Mercedes EQ Formula E Team’s Nyck de Vries came home in second place and in doing so has taken the lead in the championship with just the Berlin double-header remaining this season, de Vries is 6 points ahead of Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns.
Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans rounded out the podium in third place just ahead of Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns who earned the fastest lap of the race and in doing so scored a bonus point. TAG-HEUER Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein ended the race in fifth just ahead of BMW i Andretti Motorsports Maximillian Gunther and Jaguar Racing’s Nick Cassidy.
Lucas Di Grassi who was disqualified from the race was classified in eighth place just ahead of Dragon Penske Autosport’s Sergio Sette Camara.
BMW i Andretti Motorsports Jake Dennis who took victory in race one on Saturday rounded out the top ten just ahead of Dragon Penske Autosport’s Joel Eriksson and Mercedes EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne who had started the race from pole position. ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara ended the race in 13th place just ahead of DS Techteetah’s Jean-Eric Verge and Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Turvey.
Alex Sims was 17th just ahead of Andre Lotterer and Oliver Rowland. Tom Blomqvist rounded out the top twenty and in doing so rounded out the order as ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Norman Nato retired from the race as did Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird, DS Techteetah’s Antonio Felix Da Costa and Audi Sport’s Rene Rast. Sims spoke after the race saying:
“It’s been a really disappointing weekend. During both races we had sensible starts but got tapped from behind by Mitch in the first race, who I understand got hit from behind himself, and as a result broke something in the drivetrain. In the second race I picked up a puncture on the first lap and was forced to pit for a new tyre which pushed me to the back of the pack. It was a real shame as everyone in the team puts so much effort into these things. Huge congratulations for Alex on his win and third place – it’s a team effort and I’m pleased for him to do well.”
Mahindra Racing team owner Dilbagh Gill commented saying:
“That is our fifth victory in Formula E and it is sweet! Ever since we unloaded the car, Alex has been fast and on it and he has been spectacular all weekend. A win and a podium, as well as a Pole Position and fastest in group qualifying has shown the strength of the package here in London. To hear the Indian national anthem on the podium for the first time since Marrakesh in Season 5 was an unbelievably special moment. We are going to enjoy this result and look forward to ending the season on a high in Berlin – we’re right back in the hunt now.”
The final rounds of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E world championship take place on the streets of Berlin on the weekend of August 14/15.