FIRST FORMULA E PODIUM FOR ALEX LYNN IN VALENCIA
• Alex Lynn scored his first Formula E podium as he took third for Mahindra Racing in Valencia in the M7Electro powered by its new ZF powertrain
• Lynn also recorded fastest lap in Sunday’s race and was quickest in group qualifying on Saturday
• Two further Super Pole appearances for Mahindra Racing in the double-header weekend
25 April 2021, Valencia, Spain – Alex Lynn took his maiden Formula E podium with Mahindra Racing today, finishing third in an action-packed Valencia E-Prix. The Brit started from the front row after a second consecutive Super Pole qualifying result and made a valiant comeback after being pushed back to ninth on lap 17 when Venturi’s Norman Nato pushed him into the gravel.
The weekend saw energy management be the most critical factor as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship visited a permanent race track for the first time, and today’s race showed excellent strategy from the Mahindra Racing team to secure its second podium of the season after Alexander Sims took to the Rostrum last time out in Rome.
In qualifying today, Sims was second on the timesheets after two groups had set their laps but, as times tumbled on a drying track, he ended up 11th on the grid. Lynn made it two Super Pole visits in two days and started on the front row from second. The race played out in the unique way that many had predicted; with slipstreaming coming into play as drivers worked hard for maximum efficiency. Lynn tucked behind race leader Jake Dennis and was executing the race perfectly until Nato hit him, pushing him into the gravel and knocking him down to ninth. He fought back in the remaining third of the race to take his place for the first time on the Formula E podium. Sims was unfortunately handed a drive through penalty for a technical infraction and, with the grid running in a pack for the entirety of the race and no safety car, he had no opportunity to claw positions back, and crossed the line 23rd.
Yesterday saw an extraordinary ending to a race that had seen both Mahindra Racing drivers in the battle for a podium finish. Lynn had scored the first point of the weekend by setting the quickest time in group qualifying and subsequently lined up third on the grid after Super Pole. In a wet race he stayed in the mix at the head of the field and, with Sims moving into a podium position from 11th on the grid in the latter stages of the race, it was looking to be a good finish for the team. However, after five safety car periods saw 19kWh of energy being removed from cars, the majority of the field ran out of usable energy by the chequered flag and were not classified, with the #29 and #94 amongst that number. Just nine cars were classified in the race.
Mercedes’ Nyck de Vries won Saturday’s E-Prix, with BMW’s Jake Dennis taking the spoils on Sunday. Round 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place in Monaco on Saturday 8 May.