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Maiden Formula E Victory for Alex Lynn on home soil
26th July 2021, Mumbai: Mahindra Racing, part of the Mahindra Group, took an incredible maiden Formula E victory in the Heineken® London E-Prix Round 13. It was an impressive win for Alex Lynn, who was born in Romford, East London, just ten miles from the race track, and marked a historic day for both the driver and the team. The win came off the back of a podium for the British driver the day before in the first of the two weekend’s races, when he finished in third place.
Rounds 12 and 13 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship took place on a brand-new circuit in London, which uniquely is the first indoor/outdoor racetrack, snaking through the ExCeL centre and the streets around.
In Saturday’s qualifying session, Alex Lynn put his M7Electro racing car through to Super Pole for the sixth time this season, and scored his first three points of the weekend for going on to secure Pole Position. In the E-Prix, he led for the first half and eventually crossed the line in the third position to take his second Formula E career podium. His team-mate Alexander Sims was hit on the first lap and was forced to retire due to accident damage.
Alex continued his stellar qualifying form on Sunday, collecting the first point of the day for setting the fastest lap in group qualifying and securing his seventh Super Pole appearance. Starting from third on the grid, he executed the perfect race to be crowned the winner on his home turf. The result marked his first Formula E race victory and third podium, all of which he has achieved with Mahindra Racing this season. The weekend’s points haul elevates Alex to sixth in the driver’s standings, just 17 points off championship leader Nyck De Vries, with all to play for in the season finale in Berlin on 14-15 August.
Speaking about the win, Alex Lynn, Driver, Mahindra Racing, said, “It’s hard to put my feelings in words, but to be honest, I can’t believe this has happened - it’s as special as it gets. Formula E has been an interesting journey for me, so winning it is unbelievably special. We had to make it happen today, and we did. I get the pleasure of driving the car, and I am thankful to the whole team; there’s not a group of guys and girls that doesn’t stay longer and wake up earlier than them, and I am thrilled for the whole team”.
Commenting on the win, Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal, Mahindra Racing, stated, “That is our fifth victory in Formula E, and it is sweet! Ever since we unloaded the car, Alex has been fast, and on it and he has been spectacular all weekend. A win and a podium, as well as a Pole Position and fastest in group qualifying have shown the strength of the package here in London. To hear the Indian national anthem on the podium for the first time since Marrakesh in Season 5 was an unbelievably special moment. We are going to enjoy this result and look forward to ending the season on a high in Berlin – we’re right back in the hunt now.”
Details of the race:
- Alex Lynn: Qualifying – 1 / Race – 3 / Points - 18
- Alexander Sims: Qualifying – 8 / Race - DNF / Points - 0
- Alex Lynn: Qualifying – 3 / Race – 1 / Points – 26
- Alexander Sims: Qualifying – 19 / Race – 16 / Points - 0
Season 7 Stats
-Mahindra Racing [7th] 122 points
-Alex Lynn [6th] 78 points
-Alexander Sims [18th] 44pts
-8 Super Pole Appearances
-1 Pole Position
-1 Fastest Lap
-2 Group Qualifying Poles
Next event: Rounds 14 & 15 – Berlin, Germany – 14-15 August 2021
About Mahindra Racing
Mahindra Racing is a founding team – and the only Indian team – to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the world’s first all-electric street racing series. Mahindra Racing has an impressive stats sheet and is a multi-race winning outfit after scoring its breakthrough victory at the Berlin E-Prix in 2017. The squad is committed not only to pushing the limits of technology and innovation in the electric vehicle space, but to addressing the impact of climate change; it was the first Formula E team to be awarded the FIA Environmental Accreditation Three-Star rating and is the only team to be certified Net Zero Carbon footprint, demonstrating best practice and excellence in sustainability practices.
About ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings intense and unpredictable all-electric racing to the heart of iconic cities around the world. In its first six seasons, Formula E crowned five different champions and celebrated 17 winners in 69 races. With more automotive manufacturers on the grid than any other motorsport, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is not only one of the most compelling racing series on the planet but also an unparalleled proving ground for race-to-road electric vehicle and sustainable mobility technologies. For Formula E media enquiries, please contact: [email protected]
About Mahindra Group
Founded in 1945, the Mahindra Group is one of the largest and most admired multinational federation of companies with 260,000 employees in over 100 countries. It enjoys a leadership position in farm equipment, utility vehicles, information technology and financial services in India and is the world’s largest tractor company by volume. It has a strong presence in renewable energy, agriculture, logistics, hospitality and real estate.
The Mahindra Group has a clear focus on leading ESG globally, enabling rural prosperity and enhancing urban living, with a goal to drive positive change in the lives of communities and stakeholders to enable them to Rise.