Maximilian Günther (GER) celebrated his second win within the eighth race of the ABB FIA System E Championship season. Within the third of six races making up the season finale at Berlin-Tempelhof (GER), Günther first secured second place on the grid after which, late on, overtook Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA, DS Techeetah), who had been main till that time, to take the lead.
He introduced the automobile dwelling with the narrowest lead within the historical past of System E; he completed 0.128 seconds forward of the quickly approaching Robin Frijns (NED, Envision Virgin Racing). Within the total standings, Günther has moved up into second place with 69 factors. Alexander Sims (GBR) in tenth additionally picked up a degree. Within the workforce standings, BMW i Andretti Motorsport stays in second place.
One of many keys to success was that, after two disappointing races throughout the week, the workforce was ready to attract the correct conclusions from the issues and, specifically, enhance the tempo in qualifying. In sixth place, Günther made it into Superpole, the place he set the most effective time for a lot of the session, with solely Vergne managing to beat it. Sims additionally had the velocity for a front-row spot on the grid, however couldn’t fairly handle the right qualifying lap.
Günther spent a lot of the race in second place behind Vergne, saving as a lot vitality as attainable. Then, with only a few laps left of the race, he made use of the effectivity of his BMW iFE.20 and took the lead, which he needed to defend fiercely towards Frijns on the ultimate lap, doing so expertly and with nerves of metal.
Within the dash to the end line, he ended up profitable by simply 0.128 seconds. Ranging from 16th on the grid, Sims moved up the sector properly and crossed the end line in tenth place. The 26 factors secured by Günther and Sims noticed BMW i Andretti Motorsport consolidate second place within the workforce standings, with their factors whole now at 118.
Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.20, beginning place: 2nd place, race end result: 1st place, factors: 69, driver standings: 2nd place):
“It’s an unimaginable feeling. I’m over the moon for myself and your complete workforce to have gained my dwelling race right here in Berlin. It was an extremely intense race proper to the top. I deliberate to assault Jean-Eric Vergne late on, however then Robin Frijns got here very near me once more with a bit of extra vitality. I needed to give the whole lot to face up to the stress and never let him previous me on the ultimate lap. In the end, our plan turned out completely. Little question one of many keys to this was that after the 2 earlier races we managed to qualify up there on the entrance this time round.”
Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.20, beginning place: 16th place, race end result: 10th place, factors: 49, driver standings: 10th place):
“First off, big congrats to Maximilian and the workforce for the win! Personally, I had a really eventful race the place I used to be shifting up and down the sector regularly. Fortuitously, in contrast with the primary two races in Berlin, we had been capable of enhance the stability of the automobile, which enabled me to maneuver up into tenth place and decide up a degree for the workforce.”