BMW i Formula E Team scores fifth place at the Rome E-Prix


After the difficult start to the season in Diriyah (KSA), Maximilian Günther (GER) scores points at the second race weekend of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Rome. In Sunday’s race, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver finished fifth to claim his best result of the season, having previously finished ninth on Saturday. On Saturday, Dennis retired early after a not-at-fault collision with Nick Cassidy (NZL, Envision Virgin Racing).

But unfortunately, on Sunday’s race Jake Dennis was struck by misfortune again. A technical issue meant he had to miss qualifying. However, he gave a strong performance in the race and crossed the finish line in 13th place. The new MINI Electric Pacesetter Safety Car was also seen in action several times throughout the weekend.

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Rome (ITA), 8th April – 11th April 2021. ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Season 7, Rome E-Prix, Jake Dennis (GBR) #27 BMW iFE.21, BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

In qualifying, Günther made it into Super Pole for the second time in a row in the BMW iFE.21. He started the race from fifth place. Günther was involved in a number of battles on track, and was consistently running in fourth, fifth or sixth place. A mistake made whilst activating the ATTACK MODE meant he eventually crossed the finish line in sixth place. A penalty awarded to one of his rivals, however, meant he was subsequently promoted to fifth place.

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Dennis was halted by a technical issue in qualifying and consequently had to start the race from the back row of the grid. He drove a solid and mistake-free race, which allowed him to climb ten positions into 13th place. He also clocked the third-fastest lap of the race, in a time of 1:41.369 minutes. The next races are scheduled for 24th and 25th April in Valencia (ESP).

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Rome (ITA), 8th April – 11th April 2021. ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Season 7, Rome E-Prix, Maximilian Günther (GER) #28 BMW iFE.21, BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21, starting position: 5th place, race result: 5th place, points: 12, driver standings: 15th place):

“That was a positive race. We managed it well and I felt good in the car. We were fighting for a top-five position all the time. I would say the decisive moment was the activation of the second ATTACK MODE. Unfortunately, I missed one loop of the activation zone and had to repeat the procedure one lap later. That cost me the chance of a podium finish. After that, P5 was the maximum, I think. You cannot win every race in Formula E, but it’s important to score points. That’s what we did today. All in all a good weekend for us here in Rome. We’re heading into the right direction.”



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