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Sims takes maiden victory with lights-to-flag win

BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Alexander Sims claimed a lights-to-flag in the second Formula E Diriyah E-Prix as he led home team-mate Maximilian Guenther on track.

There are a number of investigations taking place throughout the field.

Sims started from pole and led the entire race surviving two safety car restarts and a full course yellow restart.

He managed the gap in the last few minutes of the 45-minute+1 lap race to take the win by 1.3seconds from his team-mate.

Guenther was running fifth at the first safety car restart, which is under investigation by the stewards, and appeared to overtake two cars on the restart.

He then gained from Audi Sport Abt’s Lucas di Grassi when the Brazilian activated his second attack mode – and kept di Grassi behind throughout the four-minute period where di Grassi had extra power.

Di Grassi came home in third place just ahead of Mercedes EQ FE’s Stoffel Vandoorne in fourth – Vandoorne started the race in 11th place and quietly made his way through the field.

Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara was fifth with Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland coming home in sixth place.

Vandoorne’s Mercedes team-mate, Nyck de Vries, finished seventh after starting from the back of the field having been in the first qualifying group.

NIO333’s Oliver Turvey finished in eighth after passing Sebastien Buemi on the run to the line, although Buemi did have a 10-second time penalty for an unsafe re-join after he was spun around by DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa.

Buemi eventually finished in 14th place.

Daniel Abt finished in ninth place with Jaguar Racing’s James Calado claiming his first Formula E points with 10th place.

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne finished 11th despite a 20-place grid drop and 10-second stop-go penalty for failing to take all 20 places of the grid drop.

Yesterday’s race winner, Sam Bird, did not finish the race after a collision with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans. Evans was given a drive through penalty for the collision.

There are still numerous investigations throughout the field ongoing.

 

Jack Amey

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