The spell has been broken: Maximilian Günther (GER) claimed his first win of the season in race ten of this year’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in New York City (USA).
New York. The spell has been broken: Maximilian Günther (GER) claimed his first win of the season in race ten of this year’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in New York City (USA). Starting from fourth place on the grid, he managed his energy extremely well and was then able to climb from third place into the lead in the closing laps. This was the third win of Günther’s Formula E career and his first podium this season. Following Jake Dennis’ (GBR) triumph at Valencia (ESP), this was win number two of Season 7 for BMW i Andretti Motorsport. Dennis also had a strong race on his debut in New York, but unfortunately dropped well down the field after suffering a puncture, before ultimately retiring.
Under the watchful eye of Andretti team owner Michael Andretti (USA), who was attending a Formula E event for the first time this season at the home round for his team, Günther drove a very clever and strategic race. He took the attack modes at exactly the right time and had more energy at his disposal in the closing stages than his closest rivals. When Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA, DS Techeetah) attacked the leader Nick Cassidy (NZL, Envision Virgin Racing) in front of Günther, resulting in both of them straying from the ideal racing line, the Andretti driver seized the opportunity to pass both cars on the inside and take the lead. He then did a great job of guiding the car home to take an impressive victory. In the Driver’s Championship, Günther has climbed from 18th to 12th place, courtesy of the 25 points for the win. With 53 points, he now trails Dennis in eleventh place by just one point. BMW i Andretti Motorsport is now sixth in the Team standings with 107 points.
Dennis started the race from 15th place and battled his way into the points with some impressive racing. Unfortunately, he suffered a puncture during a courageous overtaking manoeuvre and had to come into the pits. That initially dropped him well back through the field, before he eventually had to retire completely.
The eleventh race of the season takes place on Sunday at the same venue.
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