Alex Lynn described his Berlin E-Prix weekend as “really positive” despite a retiring from the race with a failure, after showing his best performance since joining Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
Berlin was Lynn’s fourth race since replacing Nelson Piquet Jr. in time for the Rome E-Prix, and the first time he made it into the Super Pole session.
The Brit qualified and started fifth, showing promising performance with his Jaguar I-Type 3 and running as high as fourth for a number of laps early in the race.
He stayed in fifth for most of the E-Prix, running close to the lead battle and behind Lucas di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi, Stoffel Vandoorne and Daniel Abt.
This continued until an undiagnosed technical failure struck his Jaguar, forcing him to come to a halt on the start-finish straight and bringing out the race’s only Full Course Yellow with 15 minutes remaining.
“Unfortunately, we had a failure of some kind and the team’s still not sure what it was but the rear axle completely locked up with something, whether it was a motor failure, or I don’t know what it is,” he told e-racing365.
“We just lost a load of coolant on the motor so the car lost drive.
“Two corners before it stopped in the last corner, I had the alarm on the steering wheel and it was just flashing up.
“I could feel that loss of power and, to be honest, at that point I was just hoping and praying that it was going to clear itself but it didn’t.
“The rear wheels seized and that was it, over and out.”
Despite the disappointment of a missed opportunity to score some much-needed points for Jaguar, which sits eighth in the teams’ championship despite Mitch Evans’ Rome win, Lynn remains upbeat about the weekend.
“Overall, it’s been really positive,” he said. “All throughout practice, I had a good feeling about the car and in qualifying we managed to cement that.
“We had a solid quali in P5, and the first time in Super Pole in my return, so I’m happy with that. In the race, obviously everything was going really well.
“It was a bit of a tactical battle but we were in the mix and managed to get our energy back on track and we were right up there and in the fight.”
He said the strong pace shown in the German capital didn’t come as a surprise to the Jaguar crew, after another good race in Monaco two weeks earlier in which both cars finished in the points.
“The Jaguar is really strong and we’ve got the system working really well now and the drivetrain is really, really efficient,” Lynn explained.
|I was really gutted for the guys that we didn’t get the result, especially from our side of the garage. Since I’ve come in as a new driver, we’ve been really chipping away.
“We had a positive weekend in Monaco and then this is the first time I’ve really banked a good, solid quali right up at the front, and racing there as well. It’s just disappointing for everyone.”