CM – Lynn wins second London E-Prix

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Alex Lynn caused wild celebrations in the Mahindra Racing garage when he drove to an emotional first ABB Formula E victory at the second Heineken London E-Prix on Sunday. Nyck de Vries from Mercedes-EQ (in the picture above left in a duel with Lynn) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) rounded off the podium.

The decisive moment of the race was when the crowd left the safety Car phase was dismissed. In the double bend, Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) made a surprising lunge on Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ), who had led away from pole position.

The Nissan driver was left with a bump in the braking zone back as a passenger when he spat in the side of the Belgian Mercedes. The two were completely tangled up, so that de Vries could pick up the parts and pinch them in second place – and then first when Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) jumped for the eight-minute 35 kW attack mode power boost.

Before the di Grassi had made the most of this thrust in the last quarter of an hour to drive from de Vries into Turn 1. On the next tour, Lynn followed in what would ultimately be the race – the Mahindra driver also in attack mode. De Vries’ early darts for his second activation hadn’t paid off and he had to settle for second place, while Evans fought his way from fifth to a later third place at the checkered flag.

Di Grassi had more than half of the race on the track and crossed the finish line first. However, the Brazilian was shown the black flag because he had not served a drive-through penalty – he is said to have illegally taken the lead in the race by daring through the pit lane and crucially not coming to a stop in his pits, under the safety car -Conditions in Round 12.

« It’s hard to be honest. It’s as special as it gets, ”said Lynn of his breakthrough. “I’ve never felt anything like this before. Formula E was difficult for me, so it’s very special to win. I have a huge crew behind me, to whom I owe. I have the pleasure of driving around doing their hard work and I can tell you that there is no group of guys and girls who stay longer and get up earlier than they do. I honestly can’t believe that happened. It’s unbelievable. « 

Vandoorne shot off the line and crossed Rowland to defend himself at Turn 1 as the field was filtered through three widths – the Belgian, almost 1.5 seconds behind the rest on End of lap one.

De Vries had the hammer too, and both Mercedes looked huddled together. The Dutchman got Lynn with a neat move down Turn 10 to finish third on lap two with Rowland’s Nissan in his sights .

Further down the field, the two best drivers in the overall standings came together in the same place on lap four, with reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa displacing Sam Bird’s Jaguar with an elbow-out pass for 18th place, as the pair battled hard for position.

At the head, Rowland was the first to make the jump for the first of two mandatory doses of attack mode, with the power boost requiring a quick diversion from the racing line to activate n. The Mercedes duo followed one lap later on the counterattack.

35 minutes plus one lap before the end, Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) and Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) followed in the hairpin. The worst fared for the German, who forced the safety car to appear while his ailing Audi was being recovered. Buemi survived and climbed to 11th place and the top of the points.

When the track was cleared, the Mercedes driver took the initiative. Vandoorne led Rowland and de Vries away, and the latter was able to jump past the Nissan in the middle of the Silver Arrow sandwich and finished second – thanks to this additional lap in attack mode compared to Rowland.

In lap 11, the safety car was again used, da Costa in turn 1 after contact with Porsche’s Andre Lotterer in the wall. The Mercedes duo at the front of the field managed to sneak into their second attack mode activations shortly before, this time decisively ahead of Rowland.

On lap 12, Lucas di Grassi dared to drive through the pit lane to take the lead . Since the speed limit was faster than the pack, the 2016/17 champion slipped first.

When the field started again on lap 13, there was a drama down in the double hairpin. Rowland made his move with a surprising lunge on Vandoorne for second place. A bump in the braking zone left the Nissan driver as a passenger as he spat into the side of the Belgian Mercedes. The two were all tangled up so de Vries could pick up the pieces and pinch them second – and then first when Leader di Grassi jumped into attack mode. Unsurprisingly, Rowland was given a 10-second time penalty.

In the final quarter of an hour, di Grassi made the most of that 35 kW boost to drive into Turn 1 on lap 16 of de Vries. Lynn followed on the next tour – the Mahindra driver still with attack mode boost. De Vries’ early darts for his second activation hadn’t paid off.

Outside the top three, Evans was the best of the others, even though he was four seconds behind the trio at the top. Robin Frijns made his way past Günther into turn 1 in fifth place and passed Günther’s BMW on the far side. The Dutchman wasn’t finished there, however, and set about pushing Evans for fourth place. With his mirrors full of the purple Envision Virgin Racing machine, the New Zealander jumped to his second activation of attack mode, but missed the loop and had to drive again on lap 22 – and let Frijns pass.

The Kiwi atoned for his mistake half a lap later in the hairpin with a textbook dummy on Frijns, which surprised the Dutchman.

Bird had climbed from 21st to 11th place and scented valuable points with NATO just ahead. The British sold the dummy to the French before diving inside the venturi. NATO defended hard and the pair ended up both damaged and out of the race.

Di Grassi’s opportunistic drive through the pit lane would not withstand, with the leader being punished with a drive-through penalty for violating the safety car procedure – which meant that Lynn would inherit the top spot and race win on the checkered flag, with di Grassi’s failure to serve his sentence.

UNSEEN FOOTAGE! @Lucasdigrassi almost made a daring move after making his way through the pit lane to to take the lead during a safety car phase.

However, it was decided that he would not stop before exiting the pits and was marked in black for refusing a drive-through penalty. pic.twitter.com/DeXEI11K0V

« I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed with P2, » said de Vries. « First of all, I feel sorry for my team-mate (Vandoorne) – he deserved the win today if Oliver Rowland hadn’t turned him off.

 » We had a bit of bad luck with the safety car when we just activated attack mode, that made me a bit vulnerable after the restart. And then Lucas di Grassi was there, which surprised me because he shouldn’t have been there. In the end, the energy goals were so high that I wasn’t by his side. I made a lot of mistakes trying to push, but the goals were too high to ever be able to make a move. ”

Robin Frijns finished fourth – after taking the rankings out of place eight had climbed – while Pascal Wehrlein from Porsche and Maximilian Günther from BMW i Andretti Motorsport completed the top 6.

With the results, de Vries leads in three weeks to the last race weekend of the 7th season in Berlin, while Frijns only six points behind the Dutchman, moving up to second place and Bird slipping to third place in the overall standings.

Envision Virgin Racing continues to lead third place in the team standings with seven points ahead of Mercedes-EQ, ahead of Jaguar Racing.

[…] De Vries followed Lynn home, Evans five seconds back rounded off the podium places. Robin Frijns finished fourth – after climbing the ranking from eighth place – while Pascal Wehrlein from Porsche and Maximilian Günther from BMW i Andretti Motorsport completed the top 6. With the results, de Vries leads in three weeks to the last race weekend of the 7th season in Berlin, while Frijns is only six points behind the Dutchman, moving up to second place and Bird slipping to third place in the overall standings. Envision Virgin Racing continues to lead third place in the team standings, seven points ahead of Mercedes-EQ, ahead of Jaguar Racing. Source link […]

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