Alex Lynn sparked wild celebrations down in the Mahindra Racing garage as he steered to an emotional maiden Formula E victory in the Heineken® London E-Prix Round 13, with Mercedes-EQ’s Nyck de Vries and Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) rounding out the podium. Fellow Kiwi Nick Cassidy came home in seventh.
“A bit of an unexpected podium for me,” said Evans. “At parts I actually thought I was out the race. I didn’t have a clean first few laps, and after the Rowland and Vandoorne incident I made a mistake, Günther got me and I made a stupid move into him and broke my front wing, and I thought I would be out the race.
“But with a bit of luck the wing flew off and I was able to continue. I missed my second attack mode which I couldn’t believe. I thought I gifted it to Frijns, but lucky I was able to activate it later and make good move on him and bring it home.
“A bizarre race and I’m a bit surprised to be on the podium, but roll on Berlin.”
Lynn navigated a frenetic encounter that had it all, and the decisive moment of the race took place with the pack released from a spell under the Safety Car on Lap 13. Down at the double hairpin, Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) made a move for the lead with a surprise lunge on Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) – who had led away from Julius Baer Pole Position.
A bump in the braking zone left the Nissan driver a passenger as he speared into the side of the Belgian’s Mercedes. The pair were left all tangled up, allowing de Vries to pick up the pieces and pinch second – and then first when Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) leapt for ATTACK MODE.
Heading into the final quarter hour, di Grassi had made the most of that 35kW boost to slice by de Vries into Turn 1. On the next tour, Lynn followed with what would ultimately be the race-winning move – the Mahindra driver also in ATTACK MODE. De Vries’ early dart for his second activation had not paid dividends, and he’d have to settle for second spot, while Evans picked his way through from fifth on the grid to an eventual third at the chequered flag.
Di Grassi had led on track for more than half of the race, and crossed the line first. The Brazilian was ultimately shown the black flag for failing to serve a drive-through penalty – deemed to have illegally taken the race lead by audaciously driving through the pit-lane, and crucially failing to come to a stop in his pit-box, under Safety Car conditions on Lap 12.
That result leaves de Vries atop the Drivers’ World Championship heading into the final race weekend of Season 7 in Berlin in three weeks’ time, while Robin Frijns’ points haul with fourth – up from eighth on the grid – proved vital and sees him second in the table, just six points shy of the Dutchman. Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) holds third in the standings.
Envision Virgin Racing still heads the way in the Teams’ running by seven points from Mercedes-EQ, with Jaguar Racing third.
Round 13 Results
|1/||Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing|
|2/||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team|
|3/||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing|
|4/||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing|
|5/||Pascal Wehrlein||TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team|
|6/||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport|
|7/||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing|
|8/||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT|
|9/||Jake Dennis||BMW i Andretti Motorsport|
|10/||Joel Eriksson||DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT|