Rome ePrix: António Félix da Costa completed ninth

António Félix da Costa (POR) completed ninth to select up extra factors for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in an eventful seventh race of this season’s ABB FIA System E Championship. Alexander Sims (GBR) was unfortunate and ended the Geox Rome E-Prix in 17th place. Because the chief within the Drivers’ Championship, Félix da Costa went out within the first group in qualifying. Though he was the quickest in that group, he in the end needed to accept 13thplace. The primary group as soon as once more needed to cope with the hardest monitor situations, which prevented any sooner lap occasions. Grid penalties awarded to 2 opponents noticed Félix da Costa promoted to eleventh place on the grid. The E-Prix was suspended as early as lap two, nonetheless, following a crash. It was 45 minutes earlier than the automobiles had been capable of return to the monitor behind the BMW i8 Coupé Security Automobile. Caught within the pack, Félix da Costa fought arduous for each place all through the race, and finally got here residence in a hard-earned ninth place. The Portuguese driver is now second within the Drivers’ Championship, whereas BMW i Andretti Motorsport lies fifth within the Staff standings. Sims was struck by misfortune as early as qualifying. A technical concern introduced him to a halt on his flying lap, which means he needed to begin the race from the again of the sphere. He then broken the entrance of his BMW iFE.18 on the slippery monitor on lap one. After the restart, he was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty by race management. Sims finally crossed the end line in 17th place. Victory went to Mitch Evans (AUS, Jaguar Racing).   Reactions to the Rome E-Prix: Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “System E was as unpredictable as ever within the first European race of the season. The race was suspended once more and followers had been handled to a feast of motion out on the monitor. António got here residence ninth to select up factors once more. That was all he may hope for right now, however these factors may show very worthwhile come the tip of the season. Alexander discovered himself caught in the direction of the again of the sphere after technical difficulties in qualifying pressured him to start out from final place on the grid. He finally completed 17th. We'll now deal with getting ready for Paris. Congratulations to Jaguar on their first System E victory.” Roger Griffiths (Staff Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport): “The race was a superb lesson in harm limitation for us. Given our beginning positions, it was all about protecting António among the many front-runners within the Drivers’ Championship. We now have managed that. He's second, only one level behind the chief, and had a couple of battles within the midfield in right now’s race. The main target by way of all this was all the time on bringing the automotive residence and scoring worthwhile factors. Alexander couldn't do a lot from final place on the grid, particularly when he then obtained the penalty. Regardless of that, he used the race to study as a lot as potential, looking forward to the remainder of the season.” António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18, qualifying consequence: 13th place, race consequence: 9th place, FANBOOST voting: 2nd place, factors: 64): “Firstly, it is very important have scored some factors once more and to remain in contact on the high of the Drivers’ Championship. Regardless of that, I'm a bit of annoyed, as our automotive was far sooner right now than we had been capable of present within the race. Sadly, the qualifying group put paid to that. This can be very tough to climb out of the pack and to the entrance of the sphere in System E.” Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18, qualifying consequence: 22nd place, race consequence: 17th place, FANBOOST voting: 16th place, factors: 18) “That was a extremely powerful day for me. I truly tailored to the monitor very properly in my apply classes and was going very well, nonetheless, the remainder of the day was principally ruined after the technical concern in qualifying. Ranging from final place on the grid, all you'll be able to actually do is to finish loads of laps and study as a lot as potential. I've seen as soon as once more that an unimaginable quantity can occur in System E, which is not possible to foretell. Regardless of all that, I'm assured that I've good tempo. We simply must have one problem-free race. I shall be striving for that once more in Paris.” The article Rome ePrix: António Félix da Costa completed ninth appeared first on BMW BLOG