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Mahindra Racing’s Lynn scores first Formula E podium in Valencia E-Prix

26th Apr 2021 1:00 pm

BMW’s Jake Dennis and Mercedes’ Nyck De Vries win a race each as energy management took centre stage in the Valencia E-Prix double header.

Mahindra Racing driver Alex Lynn secured his maiden Formula E podium finish after crossing the line in 3rd place in the Valencia E-Prix, Round 6 of the 2021 Formula E championship.

·         Alex Lynn finishes 3rd in Round 6

·         BMW and Mercedes score a win each

·         De Vries leads the championship

Valencia marked the first time this year that the all-electric racing series – which is traditionally known for its street races – visited a permanent race track. And energy management proved to be a major stumbling block, specially during the bizarre Round 5 that saw only nine racers classify. Read on to catch up on all the action from the Valencia E-Prix double header:

Alex Lynn 3rd for Mahindra Racing

Lynn started Round 6 from the front row and remained in contention for the race win, behind leader Jake Dennis, for several laps. But he was then nudged into the gravel by Venturi’s Norman Nato – an incident for which the latter was handed a 5-sec time penalty.

As a result, Lynn slipped to 9th, but pulled off a valiant recovery drive to gain a handful of positions. Nato’s time penalty promoted Lynn to 3rd in the final classification, handing the British driver a long-overdue first podium result in Formula E. He bagged an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race, too.

BMW’s Jake Dennis clinched his maiden win after expertly leading every single lap of the race from pole position. Porsche’s Andre Lotterer secured 2nd place, also benefitting from Nato’s penalty.

 “The team and myself have worked really hard and finally got one on the board! We can say we could have, should have won it today but, unfortunately, we got taken out of a nice position and that’s the way it goes sometimes,” Lynn said.

“I could see it was getting a little bit racy and people were getting anxious and that ended by us being pushed into the gravel because someone else made a mistake. It was like a high-speed game of chess really! For now, I really want to enjoy the podium and I must say a big congratulations to Jake [Dennis] – he made today’s race work and that’s big kudos to him. I’ve been close to a podium so many times so today feels super sweet. Big thanks to the whole Mahindra Racing team!”

This is Mahindra Racing’s second podium finish this season; the team had picked up a 2nd place result in the Rome E-Prix, courtesy Alexander Sims. Unfortunately for Sims, he was handed a drive-through penalty for a technical infraction and ended up completing Round 6 down in 23rd place.

De Vries wins bizarre Round 5

It was the first of the two double-headers in Valencia that had everyone talking, though. Energy management was always going to be critical here, but the combination of rain and five appearances for the Mini Electric Pacesetter Safety Car set the stage for what may have been one of the strangest finishes to a Formula E race ever.

With the race running a lap longer than expected, majority of the teams ended up running out of useable energy and were disqualified. Teams later blamed the energy offset calculation, wherein the FIA automatically reduces available energy after each Safety Car activation. Either way, only nine cars ended up classifying.

Amidst all the chaos, Mercedes EQ driver Nyck de Vries scored a win, ahead of Dragon’s Nico Muller. Stoffel Vandoorne finished 3rd, making it a double podium for Mercedes.

2021 Formula E championship standings

None of the drivers in the top five of the championship scored any points in Round 6. As a result, De Vries continues to lead the standings, nine points ahead of his teammate Vandoorne. Mercedes also holds on to its advantage in the teams’ standings, with a total of 105 points compared to Jaguar’s 82 points.

Mahindra Racing has gained one place in the overall order and now stands 8th, tied on 45 points with BMW.

2021 Valencia E-Prix results

Valencia E-Prix, Round 5 results
1Nyck de VriesMercedes EQ48:20.547
2Nico MullerDragon+ 13.128
3Stoffel VandoorneMercedes EQ+ 34.886
4Nick CassidyVirgin Racing+ 36.903
5Rene RastAudi+ 51.650
6Robin FrijnsVirgin Racing+ 52.985
7Lucas di GrassiAudi+ 2:41.946
8Jake DennisBMW i Andretti+ 3:07.061
9Jean-Eric VergneDS Techeetah+ 4:19.582

Valencia E-Prix, Round 6 results
1Jake DennisBMW i Andretti 46:32.002
2Andre LottererPorsche+ 1.483
3Alex LynnMahindra Racing+ 2.428
4Oliver RowlandNissan E.DAMS+ 2.870
5Norman NatoVenturi Racing+ 5.811
6Rene RastAudi+ 8.122
7Jean-Eric VergneDS Techeetah+ 8.782
8Oliver TurveyNIO+ 11.292
9Edoardo MortaraVenturi Racing+ 12.014
10Lucas di GrassiAudi+ 12.405
11Sebastien BuemiNissan E.DAMS+ 13.295
12Max GuntherBMW i Andretti+ 13.594
13Nick CassidyVirgin Racing+ 14.329
14Sam BirdJaguar Racing+ 15.151
15Mitch EvansJaguar Racing+ 17.213
16Nyck de VriesMercedes EQ+ 18.444
17Tom BlomqvistNIO+ 18.885
18Pascal WehrleinPorsche+ 19.274
19Robin FrijnsVirgin Racing+ 19.756
20Nico MullerDragon+ 21.069
21Sergio Sette CamaraDragon+ 32.079
22Antonio Felix da CostaDS Techeetah+ 59.698
23Alexander SimsMahindra Racing+ 1:04.277
24Stoffel VandoorneMercedes EQDNF

Also see:

New electric GT racing category announced – All you need to know

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