DS Virgin Racing Team Principal Alex Tai has described Alex Lynn’s performance at Punta del Este as “exceptional” despite frustration after his race was compromised through thermal management issues.
Lynn qualified second on the grid but was demoted to third after being adjudged to have exceeded track limits at the infamous turn 10 chicane.
The British driver, who was competing in only his eighth Formula E race, ran a solid third for most of the first stint before losing a position to teammate Sam Bird at the pit stop.
Lynn then ran fourth for the majority of the second phase of the race but was then forced to drop his pace to manage thermal battery temperatures.
“I’m delighted with Alex’s performance,” Tai told e-racing365. “I thought he was exceptional this weekend. He showed great pace overall.”
“He is an incredibly disciplined guy and I know we have a major talent on board, in fact the pairing we have is, I believe, presently the strongest in the field.”
Tai explained that Lynn was told to attempt controlling his speed after concerns regarding temperatures on the second of his DS Virgin DSV-03 cars.
“He was reacting to team instructions in the second phase of the race in terms of how he utilized both the thermal and energy efficiencies,” explained Tai.
“The fact is we were not really energy restricted here but more thermally. Alex was being harried for the entire second part of the race by both [Mitch] Evans and [Felix] Rosenqvist.
“I thought he did a really good job holding those guys off because they were quick and Alex was dealing with plenty in the cockpit.”
Lynn and Bird exited their pit stops as one after Lynn’s stop was two seconds slower than his teammates. Bird got the advantage at the pit exit but Tai raised questions about a perceived unfairness in the stops.
“Sam had a better pit stop but as we know he is physically smaller than Alex so he has an advantage,” said Tai.
“Actually I don’t think this is correct, you shouldn’t be penalized because of your physical stature.
“This just shouldn’t be the case. But we are where we are with the pit stop and although I believe we should leave the racing to the track but the FIA have set the rules and we have to make the best of that.”