Formula E | Sims wins the second round as Gunther lost his second place to Grassi, Vandoorne thired
Mixed feelings for Gunther as he lost his first-ever podium at Diriyah EPrix.
Alexander Sims secured his maiden ABB FIA Formula E Championship victory ahead of his teammate as both managed podium for BMW Motorsport at the second round of Diriyah E-Prix this weekend.
The Briton started the race from pole position while his teammate Maximilian Guenther finished second as he claimed his first career podium. But, the German has been handed a penalty and lost his second-place finish as a result.
“Unfortunately, the rule is that you can't pass until you get to the control line,” FIA race director Scot Elkins told Motorsport.com.
“So some of that happened - the problem we had was that there was so much going on at that point.
“We had guys going on the attack mode, we had a couple of guys went to the pit lane, we had a lot of things happening, so it took a really long time to suss out what really happened.
“It’s just the part of this circuit where the attack mode was in relation to the safety car line.”
Gunther drops to 11th overall, while di Grassi assumes the second place and Vandoorne collects his second top-three finish of the weekend.
Sims had a great result following his second-place in New York last season where he secured his pole position to break the record scoring 3 pole positions in a raw.
He said:" It's pretty good weekend, two-pole position it's something I never expected, and together with the race it is a very special feeling especially after yesterday's disappointing race there was a mistake from my side and thing fell apart but today it really went quite the opposite we made the decision every time we changed."