E-Prix London-2, Lynn wins in chaos |  FormulaPassion.it

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E-Prix London-2, Lynn wins in chaos |  FormulaPassion.it

It must have been a difficult circuit for overtaking, but today the track of theExCel of London has denied the forecasts. Net of contacts and knocks that are definitely excessive for a world-class championship, the show was certainly not lacking, thanks to the many drivers forced to recover from the back of the grid after bad qualifying.

Finally, the host, Alexander, came out the winner from the chaos of Race-2 Lynn, at the first triumph of his career in Formula E, the first in this 2021 for Mahindra. The Brit, who started third, stayed out of trouble and benefited before the contact that knocked out for the positions that matter Stoffel Vandoorne and Oliver Rowland, and finally the penalty of Lucas di Grassi, who had crossed the finish line first.

Behind Lynn, Nyck de Vries, who brought Mercedes back to the podium after seven ePrix far from the Top-3 and jumped to the top of the World Championship with six points on Frijns (now 4th) and 14 on Bird Third place for Mitch Evans, started in fifth position.

Disastrous, on the contrary, the evidence of Sam Bird, who lost the championship lead with the second consecutive zero. The Jaguar driver compromised Race-2 already in qualifying, which ended with the 21st time. A good comeback had brought him to eleventh position, one step away from the points. A prospect that enticed Bird too much, who completely missed the overtaking on Norman Nato at the hairpin of turn 10, forcing both of them to retire. To complicate things, in the next Berlin E-Prix he will have to serve three penalty positions on the grid.

He had already retired on lap 10 Antonio Felix da Costa after a contact with André Lotterer. The Portuguese, who started 22nd and climbed up to eleventh position behind the Porsche driver, saw an almost non-existent crack between the # 36 and the barriers on the inside of the main straight.

The German, however, did not give any centimeter of track, sending the car of the outgoing Formula E champion to the wall, which closed his race in the escape route of curve 1. The commissioners recognized Lotterer responsible for the accident, commanding him a stop & go of 10 “.

Same penalty that he had remedied five laps earlier from Sebastien Buemi, protagonist of a double contact with René Rast at the hairpins of turns 10 and 11. Race over for the Audi standard bearer, and race to be redone for the Swiss, who returned to the rear of the group. A heavy stop in terms of the championship also for the Audi standard bearer, now over twenty points from the top.

Recorded the second victory of a British driver in the two London E-Prix, to hold the ground maneuver operated by Lucas di Grassi and Audi on the occasion of the second neutralization of the race, the one following the crash between Da Costa and Lotterer. With the Safety Car on the track, the Brazilian – who was traveling in the middle of the group – entered the pit lane, went to the Audi lay-by for a moment and re-emerged in first position taking advantage of the faster speed of the pitlane compared to that of the cars on the track behind the safety car.

The commissioners punished the maneuver with a drive through. In fact, it is not possible to pass through pitlane without making a pit stop. And this is the object of the dispute between Audi and the commissioners: whether Di Grassi actually stopped or if he just slowed down while passing on his pitch. The images released so far do not clarify, but it is conceivable that the commissioners based their decision on other data.

In any case, Di Grassi did not observe the drive through, and on the last lap the race direction inevitably exposed the black flag – or disqualification – to the Brazilian. A measure that has not been reflected in the provisional classification, which sees Grassi 8th after the application of 19 ″ seconds of penalties deriving from the drive through.

E-Prix London-2 | Order of arrival (provisional classification)