Lynn gets first Formula E win as di Grassi black-flagged - The Race
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Lynn gets first Formula E win as di Grassi black-flagged

Jul 25 2021

Alex Lynn picked up his maiden Formula E race in the second London E-Prix after Lucas di Grassi was black-flagged from the race lead for driving through the pitlane under the safety car.

Just before half distance, defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa found himself fed into the wall when trying to overtake Porsche’s Andre Lotterer on the start/finish straight – causing the second safety car of the race.

Di Grassi drove through the pitlane from the lower reaches of the top 10 while the field was under the safety car and because of the short pitlane jumped into the lead ahead of long-time race leader and polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne in the Mercedes.

Vandoorne’s attempts to reclaim the lead were quickly ended when Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland – defending his third place from Vandoorne’s team-mate Nyck de Vries – locked up into the Turn 10 hairpin and ploughed into Vandoorne.

The stewards handed Rowland a five-second time penalty while Vandoorne dropped outside of the top 10.

At the front, de Vries was passed by Mahindra’s Alex Lynn for second place – in a reverse of race one where de Vries took P2 from Lynn late on in the race.

Lynn was unable to make an impression on di Grassi, who was slapped with a drive-through penalty for a safety car infringement.

While it’s not illegal for cars to pit under the safety car, article 38.7 of the 2020/21 regulations states: “The pitlane entry and exit remain open and cars are free to pit provided that they stop in front of their pit’ [under safety car].”

Audi is adamant that di Grassi did stop at his pit.

Di Grassi didn’t take his drivethrough penalty and he was disqualified via a black flag on the penultimate lap of the race.

Although the initial classifciation still had di Grassi in eighth place, he was later officially disqualified from the race.

Di Grassi’s penalty leaves Lynn with his first FE victory, having made his debut at the New York E-Prix in July 2017.

The podium was completed by de Vries and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans who had a wild ride – including multiple collisions and a missed attack mode – to third place. De Vries now leads the championship heading for the Berlin finale.

Envision Virgin’s Robin Frijns and Pascal Wehrlein’s Porsche filled the top five, ahead of BMW i Andretti’s Maximilian Guenther.

Sergio Sette Camara claimed some much-needed points for his Dragon Penske Autosport team and Saturday winner Jake Dennis, who had to take a drive-through penalty on the penultimate lap of the race, took ninth.

Earning his first Formula E point in 10th place was Sette Camara’s team-mate Joel Eriksson, competing in his third weekend in the championship.

The first safety car was deployed on lap five for an incident between Nissan e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi and Audi’s Rene Rast at the consecutive Turn 10/11 hairpins.

Buemi ran into the back of Rast at the right-hand Turn 10 hairpin, they then collided again on the exit of the corner as Rast slammed into the wall and broke his front wing.

Rast then veered into Buemi as both cars tried to negotiate the tight left-hand Turn 11 hairpin side-by-side, ultimately leaving Rast’s broken car stranded on track while Buemi was slapped with a 10 stop-go penalty for causing a collision.

Race Results

Pos Name Team Car Laps Laps Led Total Time Fastest Lap Pitstops Pts
1 Alex Lynn Mahinda Racing Mahindra M7Electro 30 46m29.532s 1m22.202s 0 26
2 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 30 +0.599s 1m22.268s 0 18
3 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 30 +6.257s 1m22.354s 0 15
4 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07 30 +6.682s 1m21.635s 0 13
5 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Porsche 99X Electric 30 +9.212s 1m22.558s 0 10
6 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21 30 +10.637s 1m22.47s 0 8
7 Nick Cassidy Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07 30 +12.685s 1m22.101s 0 6
8 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07 30 +17.534s 1m22.506s 0 4
9 Sérgio Sette Câmara Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 30 +19.237s 1m22.789s 0 2
10 Jake Dennis BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21 30 +24.914s 1m22.031s 0 1
11 Joel Eriksson Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 30 +27.92s 1m23.126s 0 0
12 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 30 +28.626s 1m22.475s 0 3
13 Edoardo Mortara RokIT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 30 +29.083s 1m22.83s 0 0
14 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 30 +29.915s 1m23.071s 0 0
15 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM03 30 +30.291s 1m22.459s 0 0
16 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Formula E Team NIO 333 001 30 +31.365s 1m22.946s 0 0
17 Alexander Sims Mahinda Racing Mahindra M7Electro 30 +34.336s 1m22.747s 0 0
18 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Porsche 99X Electric 30 +35.204s 1m22.43s 0 0
19 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM03 30 +42.269s 1m22.348s 0 0
20 Tom Blomqvist NIO 333 Formula E Team NIO 333 001 29 +1 lap 1m22.121s 0 0
Norman Nato RokIT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 27 DNF 1m21.759s 0 0
Sam Bird Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 27 DNF 1m22.039s 0 0
António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 10 DNF 1m22.196s 0 0
René Rast Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07 5 DNF 1m23.127s 0 0

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