The BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team ended the fifth race of the season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Valencia (ESP) with an eighth place for Jake Dennis (GBR) that came about in curious circumstances.
Valencia. The BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team ended the fifth race of the season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Valencia (ESP) with an eighth place for Jake Dennis (GBR) that came about in curious circumstances. Issues with calculation of the energy amount saw most cars run out of power on a tumultuous final lap. These included the BMW iFE.21 driven by Dennis, who was initially classified in eleventh position but then moved up to eighth after numerous retroactive disqualifications. The result saw him score the first points of his Formula E career. After a great qualifying session, Maximilian Günther (GER) started the race in second place on the front row but retired early on the wet and slippery circuit.
Günther was consistently one of the fastest drivers in dry conditions. He claimed second and first places in the two practice sessions and then finished third in qualifying to reach the Super Pole, where he benefited from penalties incurred by two competitors and secured second spot on the grid. However, the rain set in as the race began and Günther was unable to keep pace with the leaders on the wet surface. He was initially able to defend his second position but then fell back to sixth. Towards the halfway point of the race, he slid out of turn two under braking and finished up in the gravel trap. That triggered one of four full course yellows that saw the FIA Formula E Safety Car, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW, bring the field back together. As had been the case in Rome (ITA), this race also started behind the Safety Car due to the rain.
Starting from 13th position, Dennis battled for a top ten result throughout the race but in common with most of the other drivers, he discovered that his calculated energy amount was insufficient to allow him to complete the final lap. After the curious closing stage, Dennis was classified in eleventh position. However, further rule infringements related to energy management led to the imposition of disqualifications after the race, which Dennis benefited from.
The second race of the DHL Valencia E-Prix starts on Sunday at 14:00.