Alex Lynn finished a British double-win in the second of two Formula E races in London this weekend, scoring his first victory in the category. Following Jake Dennis’s Saturday conquest on the new course around the ExCel Arena in London.
Sam Bird was leading the standings when he entered the weekend but endured a difficult home race weekend, qualifying in group one, started near the back in the first race where he suffered damage and dropped out. After the opening lap bumping, the race was relatively prosaic. Lynn won pole position but lost out to Dennis during his first attack mode and the Mahindra car’s efficiency left him prey to Nyck de Vries on the pace of the race.
Lynn reached the Super Pole shoot-out in qualifying for the second race but was not able to repeat his pole position. Stoffel Vandoorne started the Sunday’s race at the front with Oliver Rowland besides him. Lynn lined up third, De Vries fourth. Vandoorne got away ahead and pulled out a small lead while Rowland and De Vries battled behind him. Lynn slipped backwards; the Mahindra not seemingly able to battle the other frontrunners on pace.
Just five minutes into the race, De Vries told the Mercedes pit wall his steering was damaged, although he was able to continue. Shortly afterwards the race was neutralised when Sebastien Buemi and René Rast crashed at turn 10, with debris falling off Rast’s car all over the track, leading to a red flag. Racing restarted with 33 minutes to go, and drivers given a 3kWh energy reduction.
Buemi was given a 10-second stop-go penalty for the crash, despite the fact that he had retired from the race by that point. Only 10 minutes after the racing was again hindered by a Safety Car, this because of Andre Lotterer clashing Antonio Felix da Costa's car into the wall at the end of the start/finish straight.
During the most recent interference, Lucas di Grassi made a daring bid to start to lead the pack of the race. The Audi driver pitted from eighth in the line, momentarily halted at his pit confine and emerged in front of his rivals, by righteousness of the London course's short pit path and the drivers needed to follow especially slowly behind the Safety Car past Da Costa's vehicle in the run-off area.
Di Grassi was put being scrutinized for the move, keeping the race lead at the restart with Vandoorne and Rowland behind him. Be that as it may, a turn 10 tangle between the pair put Vandoorne out of the race and consigned Rowland to the back. Günther and Evans crashed at the following corner, keeping away from Vandoorne and Rowland, promoting Lynn to challenge De Vries for second spot.
The top three pulled out significant leads while Evans held down the back, combating with Günther and trading fourth spot a few times. De Vries' car trouble implied he couldn't stay up with Lynn and Di Grassi ahead.
As the race entered its last quarter-hour, Di Grassi was given a drive-through penalty for his pit lane stunt. In any case, his Audi group kept him on-track and as an outcome, he was shown a black flag on the last lap. Lynn therefore took the win in front of De Vries, while Evans endure the battle behind, regardless of having missed Assault Mode on his first attempt at initiation.
De Vries expects the title lead, going into the last two rounds of Formula E's first world championship season, in Berlin a month later. Bird was granted a three-place grid penalty for the first Berlin race after the crash he had with Norman Nato.