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Guenther Loses Race 2 Second Place for Illegal Overtake

Shake-up in the top ten as Guenther loses his Diriyah E-Prix second place…

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Maximilian Guenther has been demoted from second to 11th in the results of Saturday’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship race in Diriyah following a post-race penalty.

The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver finished second on the road to his teammate Alexander Sims after holding off Audi’s Lucas di Grassi in the closing stages.

However, Guenther was given a drive-through converted into a 24-second time penalty for overtaking di Grassi and Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne under a Safety Car.

Guenther slipped past the pair through the Turn 18-19 chicane as the field was being released following the clear up of Sam Bird’s stricken Envision Virgin machine.

However, this move took place before the Safety Car line on the run between Turns 19 and 20, putting the BMW driver in breach of the regulations.

The safety car itself was still on track at the time with the pit entry located on the outside of the Turn 21 right-hander.

The penalty promoted di Grassi to second and Vandoorne to third in the final classification. Vandoorne also claimed a podium in Friday’s season-opening race.

Edoardo Mortara and Oliver Rowland also gained a position each and will now be classified in fourth and fifth respectively.

Guenther, meanwhile, came away from his debut weekend as a BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver without any points after he finished 18th in Race 1 and was classified 11th in the final Saturday race standings.

De Vries, Turvey Also Penalized

The order in the top ten was shifted further after Nyck de Vries and Oliver Turvey were pegged back for post-race infringements of their own.

Mercedes driver de Vries, competing in his first Formula E weekend, also received 24 seconds for overtaking Turvey’s NIO 333 machine under the Safety Car.

The FIA Formula 2 champion finished seventh on the road but has since dropped down to 16th.

Turvey, on the other hand, was adjudged to have exceeded his car’s energy allowance by 0.06 kWh.

The Englishman crossed the line in eighth to seemingly pick up NIO’s first points of the 2019-20 season but he was later disqualified from the race for the infraction.

Formula E sporting rules state that cars can use no more than 40 kWh of energy over the course of each 45-minute race.

The three exclusions, all of which concerned drivers who finished in the points, promoted Audi’s Daniel Abt three places to sixth, while Jaguar driver James Calado rose to seventh.

Other beneficiaries were Jean-Eric Vergne, Brendon Hartley and Antonio Felix da Costa who moved into the points as the eighth, ninth and tenth-place finishers.

RESULTS: Diriyah Race 2

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.



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    November 23, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome! he sux!!

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    December 3, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    The regulation is 52 kWh for each race, but was reduced by 12 kWh because of the 12 minutes of caution. Also, cars are not allowed to pass until crossing the finish line following a safety car. That was the reason for the penalties, not the explanation in the article.

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