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World 'Emotional' Bird wins Formula E in Saudi after Lynn crash

22:57  27 february  2021
22:57  27 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

"Really bad": Formula E video shows Alex Lynn's flight in Riyadh

 The video from a track camera reveals the cause of the termination of the second Riyadh race of Formula E 2021: Lynn out of hospital - Evans takes position on TV The image was not shown during the live broadcast on Saturday, but the reason for the abandoning the second race in the double header of the Formula E World Championship 2021 in Riyadh was not Jaguar driver Mitch Evans, but Alex Lynn , whose Mahindra bolide overturned in the course of a collision with Evans and remained lying with the

Bird and Lynn were fighting for sixth position in the early stages of the Riyadh race when the Jaguar driver made a lunge going into the Turn 1 left-hander, only for Lynn to block him into the inside wall. Lynn spun backwards into the barriers following their initial contact and was then collected again by Bird 's Jaguar, with both cars sustaining heavy damage in The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year.

After starting the race in fifth position, he carefully picked his way through the expanded 24-driver grid, making use of the 'Attack Mode' technology to claim the lead with just 10 minutes remaining. A crash involving Audi driver Daniel Abt prompted the safety car's deployment with six minutes remaining, but the British driver held on to claim his ninth ePrix victory on the fifth anniversary of Bird 's maiden Formula E win . Two teams made their debuts in Formula E in Diriyah, with German manufacturers Porsche and Mercedes joining the all-electric format of racing.

Britain's Sam Bird, behind the wheel of a Jaguar, won the second Diriyah Formula E race in the Saudi capital on Saturday as compatriot Alex Lynn survived a terrifying crash.

Ready: Jaguar Racing engineers prepare a car © FAYEZ NURELDINE Ready: Jaguar Racing engineers prepare a car

Bird finished ahead of Dutchman and pole-sitter Robin Frijns of Virgin Racing and French driver Jean-Eric Vergne in a DS Techeetah.

"I was a bit emotional in the car," said Bird.

"It was a big move and a big step for me moving away from what was my family in Envision Virgin Racing to join Jaguar Racing, but they've welcomed me with open arms and I'm pleased to deliver this win.

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Nyck de Vries dominated the opening race in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Credit: Formula E . Edoardo Mortara finished second for Venturi in a Mercedes powered car, ahead of Jaguar's Mitch Evans. Former F2 champion De Vries, said: "My first Formula E win , I'm still quite relaxed, I don't know why but I am "Because it wasn't easy with so many safety cars and the race pace was very unpredictable at the start of the race." The next race is Saturday to round off the double header in Saudi Arabia. Sam Bird 's debut for Jaguar ended in frustration after a strong start was ruined following a crash with fellow Brit

Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird won a fanatic ABB FIA race in Hong Kong ahead of Edoardo Mortara, but faces an investigation for late contact with long-time leader Andre Lotterer. The event took place in greasy conditions after rain showers had hit Hong Kong throughout Sunday, although none fell during FE’s 50th race. At the start, Oliver Rowland had rocketed off the line from second on the grid to take the lead from polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne on the run to the Turn 1 hairpin, while Bird shot around the outside of the approach to the right hander to move from seventh on the grid to fourth.

He added: "The whole point of the opening two rounds was to come here and score decent points and if you'd said I'd come away with 25 points, I'd have taken that. Robin was so respectful and a pleasure to race against which is exactly what you'd expect of his calibre. It was really, really good."

The race ended three laps early when red flags came out following an accident suffered by Lynn whose Mahindra car skidded and overturned on the tight circuit.

"Following his accident in today's ePrix @alexlynnracing is conscious, talking and on his way to hospital for checks," the Mahindra team tweeted.

Friday's opening race of the floodlit double-header was won by Nyck de Vries in a Mercedes.

It was a problematic second race in the desert for Mercedes who needed permission from the stewards to take part.

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Watch highlights as Britain's Sam Bird wins an eventful opening race of the new Formula E season in Saudi Arabia. Watch live coverage of the 2019-20 Formula E Championship on BBC online platforms.

Envision Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird won the 2019-20 Formula E season-opening Diriyah E -Prix ahead of Porsche's Andre Lotterer and Mercedes' Stoffel Vandoorne, as FE's new teams took debut podiums. After his initial attack mode activation ended, Bird was able to stay with the Mercedes pair ahead as they in turn chased Sims. Bird then took his second attack mode activation on lap 20, staying ahead of Lotterer - who had risen to fourth from seventh on the grid and was also in his second attack mode activation.

That was after Mercedes client Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara had crashed heavily into a barrier following a rear-braking system failure in a practice start.

The next round of the all-electric series takes place in Rome on April 10.

Results

1. Sam Bird (GBR/Jaguar) 29 laps, 2. Robin Frijns (NED/Virgin Racing) at 2.194sec, 3. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/DS Techeetah) 4.846, 4. Antonio Felix da Costa (POR/DS Techeetah) 6.900, 5. Nick Cassidy (NZL/Virgin Racing) 9.079

World championship standings

Drivers

1. Nyck de Vries (NED/Mercedes) 29 pts, 2. Sam Bird (GBR/Jaguar) 25, 3. Robin Frijns (NED/Virgin Racing) 22, 4. Edoardo Mortara (SUI/Venturi) 18, 5. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/DS Techeetah) 15

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