2021 Formula E: Mahindra Racing wins London E-Prix

    Published On Jul 26, 2021 01:35:00 PM

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    Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn sealed his maiden Formula E win as Audi’s Lucas di Grassi was disqualified.

    Mahindra Racing scored an emotional win at the London E-Prix as Alex Lynn handed the Indian team its first Formula E victory in over two years (the last one being at the 2019 Marrakesh E-Prix). Lynn enjoyed a strong home event, following up his 3rd place finish on Saturday with his maiden victory the next day.

    • Lynn 3rd in Round 12
    • Takes first ever Formula E win in Round 13
    • Di Grassi disqualified on last lap of race

    Audi and Lucas di Grassi’s London E-Prix drama

    Round 13 of the 2021 Formula E season turned out to be a frantic race. Audi’s Lucas di Grassi was leading most of the race, jumping up from 8th after driving through the pit lane during a safety car period to take the lead.

    However, stewards deemed this move illegal and handed him a drive-through penalty for the same. With Audi opting to not serve the penalty, di Grassi was black-flagged on the very last lap of the race. The former Formula E champion was disqualified as a result, despite crossing the line first.

    Lynn takes maiden Formula E win in London

    Amidst all the chaos, Lynn kept his head down and executed the perfect drive to score his first-ever win in Formula E. “It’s hard to put my feelings into words to be honest! I can’t believe this has happened - it’s as special as it gets. Formula E has been an interesting journey for me, so to win is unbelievably special,” the British driver said.

    “We had to make it happen today and we did. I get the pleasure of driving the car and I’m thankful to the whole team; there’s not a group of guys and girls that doesn’t stay longer and wake up earlier than them so I’m thrilled for the whole team.”

    Lynn had been in top form all weekend, securing pole position for Round 12 as well. He ended up finishing that race on the podium in 3rd place, behind race winner Jake Dennis and 2nd-placed Nyck de Vries. Lynn now stands 6th overall in the drivers’ championship, 17 points off championship leader de Vries.

    Lynn’s teammate Alexander Sims, unfortunately, didn’t enjoy the same luck. He was hit on the opening lap of Round 12 and retired due to the resulting damage. The next race saw his bad luck continue as he was once again involved in an incident on the first lap, resulting in a puncture. He ended up completing the race in 16th place.

    2021 Formula E championship standings

    Mahindra Racing’s strong form in London elevates the Indian squad to 7th in the teams’ championship, splitting Audi and Porsche. Virgin Racing tops the standings with 165 points, seven points ahead of Mercedes.

    Commenting on the team’s strong performance at the London E-Prix, Mahindra Racing Team Principal Dilbagh Gill said, “That is our fifth victory in Formula E and it is sweet! Ever since we unloaded the car, Alex has been fast and on it and he has been spectacular all weekend. A win and a podium, as well as a Pole Position and fastest in group qualifying has shown the strength of the package here in London.”

    “To hear the Indian national anthem on the podium for the first time since Marrakesh in Season 5 was an unbelievably special moment. We are going to enjoy this result and look forward to ending the season on a high in Berlin – we’re right back in the hunt now,” he added.

    Formula E will now head to Berlin for the final two races of the season, on August 14 and 15, where a new Formula E champion will be crowned.

    2021 London E-Prix results

    Round 12 results
    PosDriverTeam
    1Jake DennisBMW i Andretti
    2Nyck de VriesMercedes EQ
    3Alex LynnMahindra racing
    4Andre LottererPorsche
    5Rene RastAudi
    6Lucas di GrassiAudi
    7Stoffel VandoorneMercedes EQ
    8Antonio Felix da CostaDS Techeetah
    9Edoardo MortaraVenturi Racing
    10Pascal WehrleinPorsche
    11Nick CassidyVirgin Racing
    12Jean-Eric VergneDS Techeetah
    13Robin FrijnsVirgin Racing
    14Mitch EvansJaguar Racing
    15Oliver TurveyNio 333
    16Joel ErikssonDragon
    17Sergio Sette CamaraDragon
    18Maximilian GuntherBMW i Andretti
    DNFSebastian BuemiNissan
    DNFOliver RowlandNissan
    DNFNorman NatoVenturi Racing
    DNFTom BlomqvistNio 333
    DNFSam BirdJaguar Racing
    DNFAlexander SimsMahindra racing

    Round 13 results
    PosDriverTeam
    1Alex LynnMahindra Racing
    2Nyck de VriesMercedes EQ
    3Mitch EvansJaguar Racing
    4Robin FrijnsVirgin Racing
    5Pascal WehrleinPorsche
    6Maximilian GuntherBMW i Andretti
    7Nick CassidyVirgin Racing
    8Sergio Sette CamaraDragon
    9Jake DennisBMW i Andretti
    10Joel ErikssonDragon
    11Edoardo MortaraVenturi Racing
    12Jean-Eric VergneDS Techeetah
    13Sebastien BuemiNissan
    14Oliver TurveyNio 333
    15Stoffel VandoorneMercedes EQ
    16Alexander SimsMahindra Racing
    17Andre LottererPorsche
    18Oliver RowlandNissan
    19Tom BlomqvistNio 333
    DSQLucas di GrassiAudi
    DNFNorman NatoVenturi Racing
    DNFSam BirdJaguar Racing
    DNFAntonio Felix da CostaDS Techeetah
    DNFRene RastAudi

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