Monday, 26 April 2021 22:19

Jake Dennis dominates on way to maiden Formula E victory in Valencia

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Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) secured his first win in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with a dominant display at the DHL Valencia E-Prix, converting his Julius Baer Pole Position into victory, ahead of André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing).

- The 25-year-old rookie was able to maintain his composure throughout the day, setting the fastest lap during the group qualifying stages and taking top spot, catapulting the Brit from 22nd to eighth in the driver standings.

- Lotterer, who started the race from fifth, also clinched his maiden points of Season 7, adding to TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team's podium appearance in Rome.

- Lynn had looked to sit behind the rear of Dennis' iFE.21 throughout the race and ran second for the majority, until a nudge from Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing) sent the Mahindra Racing driver into the gravel, sliding down the order. Lynn's strong energy management meant a late recovery charge and a well-earned debut podium appearance.

- Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) made up a handful of spots during the race, while Nato, René Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Jean-Éric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH), Oliver Turvey (NIO 333 FE Team), Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) rounded out the top 10.

"I am lost for words. The whole race inside the cockpit was incredibly technical. Pulling a gap at the right point to get the Attack Mode was so crucial. Everyone in the team did a great job. I’m really happy for everybody. We had such a tough start to the season, but today we turned it around. We are back in it again."

"You never know what to expect in Formula E. I thought it was going to be all about patience in terms of energy management and tyres. We stayed calm and my engineer and team predicted the right moves from the very beginning, and we executed them well."

"This is my first Formula E podium and it feels great. Hats off to Jake as he led from the front. It was our plan to stay behind but you are at risk of someone making a mistake, especially when you are in a train. We got a bit unlucky, but we recovered nicely, so thanks to the team. It feels super sweet to be up here spraying the champagne!"

Next up, Formula E heads to the Principality of Monaco for Round 7 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on May 8.

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