Alex Lynn has described Edoardo Mortara’s attempted move on him in the closing stages of the Paris E-Prix as a “full-on wipe-out.”
Lynn and Mortara were battling for 11th position when the Venturi driver attempted a move at Turn 9 during Saturday’s race in the French capital.
The resulting contact ended both their races and gained Mortara a three-place grid drop penalty for the next round in Monaco Monaco on May 11.
“As far as I was concerned I think our car was already at the curb by the time I was the barrier,” Lynn told e-racing365.
“I am pretty sure that Edo just out-braked himself, made a mistake and ended up just doing a full-on wipe-out on me which is tough to take really.
“Contact is always possible in these sorts of situations but as I say, I was just trying to have a clean race and it was paying dividends, we were already in a points position with more incidents to come, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see the flag.”
Mortara was largely apologetic for the incident and said the move had been “too optimistic”.
“The main mistake of my race was the contact with Alex,” he explained to e-racing365.
“I was trying to overtake because we had more pace at that point and I was too optimistic, let’s say.”
Lynn Happy with Performance in First Two Jaguar Races
Alex Lynn says he is happy with his performance in his first two races for Panasonic Jaguar Racing despite finishing outside the points on both occasions.
Lynn has suffered issues outside of his control in both of his races, with a power limit-induced penalty in qualifying at Rome and the Mortara-triggered incident while on for a likely points score in Paris.
“I feel happy here already,” said Lynn.
“But I just really wish that we had scored the points that our side of the garage deserved because I think the car’s in a nice little window of performance, and I think this weekend compared well with Mitch [Evans].
“It all started quite well in Rome and then coming here I thought we were pretty much on the pace straight away which was nice and what I wanted.
“So, we now need to go to Monaco and try to consolidate now.”