António Félix da Costa (POR) completed ninth to permit BMW i Andretti Motorsport to earn extra factors within the seventh race of the ABB FIA Method E Championship of the season. Alexander Sims (GBR) was unfortunate and completed 17th within the Geox Rome E-Prix.
As chief of the drivers' championship, Félix da Costa is a part of the primary group in qualifying. Though he was the quickest on this group, he lastly needed to accept 13th place. The primary group once more needed to face the hardest monitor circumstances, which prevented sooner instances. The grid penalties awarded to 2 opponents allowed Félix da Costa to climb to eleventh place within the standings. The E-Prix was nonetheless suspended from the second spherical because of an accident. It was 45 minutes earlier than the automobiles might take the monitor behind the BMW i8 Coupé security automotive.
Roger Griffiths (director of BMW i Andretti Motorsport):
"For us, the race was a very good lesson in limiting injury. Given our beginning positions, it was vital to maintain António among the many prime drivers within the Championship. We managed that. He’s second, one level behind the chief and has had some midfield fights in at the moment's race. The primary objective was to convey the automotive residence and rating useful factors. Alexander couldn’t do a lot since final place on the grid, particularly when he later obtained the penalty. Regardless of this, he took benefit of the race to be taught as a lot as attainable, within the gentle of the remainder of the season. "
António Félix da Costa (BMW No. 28 BMW iFE.18, qualifying outcome: 13th place, race outcome: ninth place, vote of FANBOOST: 2nd place, factors: 64):
"To begin with, it's vital to attain a couple of factors and keep in contact on the prime of the drivers' championship. Even so, I'm a little bit pissed off as a result of our automotive was a lot sooner than we might present within the race. Sadly, the qualifying group paid for it. This can be very tough to get out of the pack and the entrance of the pack in Method E. "
Alexander Sims (BMW No. 27 iFE.18, qualifying outcome: 22nd place, race outcome: 17th, vote FANBOOST: 16th, factors: 18)
"It was a really tough day for me. In truth, I tailored very nicely to the monitor throughout my follow classes and I used to be rather well. Nonetheless, the remainder of the day was ruined in the long run by technical issues in qualifying. From the underside of the grid, all you are able to do is do plenty of tips and be taught as a lot as you may. I've seen as soon as once more that an unimaginable quantity can occur in Method E, which is not possible to foretell. Regardless of every little thing, I’m assured of getting a very good tempo. We simply should have a race with no drawback. I’ll try as soon as once more in Paris. "