Formula E: Maximillian Guenther claims dramatic win in Santiago

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2020

New Zealander Mitch Evans, who started on pole position at the Parque O'Higgins and led the first half of the race for Jaguar, completed the podium in third place.

Running clean for the opening laps, championship leader Alexander Sims came to a halt on track with a full-course yellow being called.

Having started in P16, Sims climbed to P11 by the end of lap one, but contact involving the majority of the midfield looked to briefly have given him a few problems. The 22-year-old claimed the first win of his Formula E career in only his third race for the team.

An extremely brief full course yellow was needed to reverse Sims's auto off the track, but nearly immediately there was another accident characteristic of Formula E - Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) spinning Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing) but severely damaging his own front wing. The 25 points scored took BMW i Andretti Motorsport to the top of the Team standings.

At the beginning, Evans held the lead off the line, while Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein compelled his method by Gunther- that had actually begun 2nd- on the limited off-track technique to Turn 2, which the area cut on mass throughout the race.

Having set the move up in the early part of the lap, the extra power at his disposal gave Evans no hope of defending his position as Gunther sailed around the outside of turn-eight easily.

Behind the leading set, da Costa and also his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne were making their method up from 10 th and also 11 th on the grid, muscling their method by their feuding competitors- consisting of Venturi set Edoardo Mortara and also Felipe Massa, that clashed at the Turn 10 barrette on lap 15. The Brazilian was able to continue but the red mist had descended and errors throughout the rest of the race saw Massa plummet down the order. Regardless, Vergne continued - now in sixth - before the wing broke off. With the two DS Techeetah drivers in third and fourth, reigning champion Vergne's front left tire started rubbing on the wing, leaving a trail of smoke behind him.

As one Techeetah vehicle retired, the other took the fight to Gunther. After his vehicle was retrieved, racing restarted with 37 minutes left on the clock. With both cars coming into Turn 10 together, Da Costa forced the BMW driver wide, passing on the inside and into first.

Gunther had the last laugh however. In the heat, it was also important to keep an eye on the temperature of the batteries.

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