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DS Techeetah still strong after BMW break Da Costa’s winning streak

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Maximillian Guenther took the win for BMWi Andretti Motorsport at the end of round 8. He was just 0.128 seconds ahead of Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns and DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne. The three veteran drivers passed each other several times in the final minutes of the race. It was impossible to call a winner until the last millisecond, when Guenther and Frijns passed the finish line, seemingly at the same time.

Coming up to the finish, Guenther’s team engineers advised him to stay safely behind Frijns for a few more turns to conserve energy. Ignoring this advice, Guenther took the first opportunity he got and passed Frijn with less than one-tenth of a centimeter between their cars and the risk paid off. Jean-Eric Vergne took the last spot on the podium. Finally coming out of da Costa’s shadow.

To call this a huge win for Andretti would be quite the understatement. Guenther picked up a whopping 25 points in round 8. 5 points short of the 30 point maximum, vaulting up 7 positions.  Landing BMW at 2nd place in the championship standings. A huge step-up for Guenther who hadn’t been able to grab any points since last week.

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Da costa still Ahead

Current championship leader, DS Techeetah driver, Alexander Felix Da Costa does not have much to worry about. Techeetah’s golden boy finished at P4 in round 8, which he may have won too if it hadn’t been for all the paint trading action upfront.

After 5 consecutive podiums and 3 back-to-back wins, Costa is comfortably sitting at the top of the Championship table with an impressive total of 137 points. Mathematically speaking, with only three races to go, each having the usual 30 point maximum, the only person who poses any sort of a threat to his championship victory is Maximillian Guenther. BMWi’s Guenther comes in at second with 69 points. Closing the 68 point gap does not look like much of a possibility.

Techeeta’s FE20 has by far been the most well-tuned car of the pack and da Costa’s form seems to be unbeatable. But, as always the finals are pretty unpredictable and we’re eager to see how it unfolds at the end of the week.

Unhappy Faces :

Phillipe Massa made quite the fuss about being penalized for bumping into Di Grassi. Audi Sport’s Di Grassi was on the outside line, closing towards the inside slightly ahead of Massa who wasn’t about to give him any space. The pair made contact and Di Grassi spun out.

“I’m fighting, I am inside and Di Grassi was trying to pass me – I was not driving into him” pleaded the Brazillian. The Audi man had a different view altogether and said to Autosport – “I think the rule is pretty clear, if you spin someone from behind you must get a drive-through”.

Jaguar’s James Collado was another man not satisfied with how the last round last turned out. Collado had a very good start. He climbed 5 places in the first lap and kept up an impressive pace. Unfortunately, his Jaguar was totaled in a spin out after a scuffle with Sims and Jaani.

“The car was performing really well, there points on the table, I was minding my business, saving energy and yeah… I got hit really really hard coming into turn 9… and that was game over” said Collado. Adding to the frustration was the breakdown during practice, early in the day, because of which the Jaguar driver didn’t get to practice before the race.

Driver Championship Standings Top 5 :

  1. Da Costa – DS Techeeta – 137
  2. Guenther – BMWi Andretti Motorsport – 69
  3. Di Grassi – Audi Sport ABT – 61
  4. Evans – Panasonic Jaguar Racing – 59
  5. Stoffel – Merecedes Benz Formual E – 57
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