BMW’s Maximilian Gunther passed DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa on the final lap to win a stunning Santiago E-Prix battle, the third round of the 2019-20 season at the O’Higgins Park venue.
Da Costa passed Gunther by barging his way past at the hairpin with two laps to go, almost forcing Gunther to a halt, but da Costa was in serious trouble with his battery temperatures.
As a result he had to slow down to make the finish, so Gunther fought back and swept past him to score his first-ever win in the series.
Jaguar’s poleman Mitch Evans led at the start, ahead of Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra) who passed Gunther to take second place at the first corner. But Evans’s use of the attack modes left him prone to attack from a charging Gunther, who passed both Wehrlein and Evans to hit the front, using his attack modes to great effect. Evans admitted over the radio that “we shot ourselves in the foot”.
Da Costa said he was being told erroneous energy usage and battery temperature numbers, and would have been more measured in his charge to the front if he’d known. His teammate Jean-Eric Vergne would also have been right in the mix for victory, but damage to his front wing during his charge to the front ultimately forced him out of the race.
Behind the top three, Wehrlein finished fourth ahead of the Mercedes of Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne, with the latter now leading the championship.
Full report to follow…
|1||Maximilian Gunther||Andretti Autosport||40||46’11.511||25|
|2||Antonio Felix da Costa||Techeetah||40||46’13.578||2.067||18|
|3||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||40||46’16.630||5.119||15|
|4||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||40||46’18.561||7.050||12|
|5||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||40||46’21.394||9.883||10|
|7||Lucas di Grassi||Team Abt||40||46’25.948||14.437||6|
|8||James Calado||Jaguar Racing||40||46’29.766||18.255||4|
|10||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||40||46’33.291||21.780||1|
|11||Nico Müller||Dragon Racing||40||46’35.297||23.786|
|12||Oliver Turvey||NIO Formula E Team||40||46’39.289||27.778|
|14||Daniel Abt||Team Abt||40||46’58.709||47.198|
|15||Robin Frijns||Virgin Racing||39||46’47.294||1 Lap|
|16||Ma Qing Hua||NIO Formula E Team||39||47’04.523||1 Lap|
|17||Oliver Rowland||DAMS||36||46’43.287||4 Laps|
|Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Mahindra Racing||40||48’09.135||1’57.624|
|Brendon Hartley||Dragon Racing||35||41’17.394||5 Laps|
|Jean-Eric Vergne||Techeetah||32||37’19.383||8 Laps|
|Edoardo Mortara||Venturi||29||34’05.084||11 Laps|
|Andre Lotterer||Porsche Team||28||46’59.744||12 Laps|
|Alexander Sims||Andretti Autosport||4||4’49.246||36 Laps|
|Neel Jani||Porsche Team||2||4’05.648||38 Laps|
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