Double points for MS Amlin Andretti in New York City.

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Headline: Double points for MS Amlin Andretti in New York City.

Munich. MS Amlin Andretti driver Robin Frijns (NED) scored
back-to-back points finishes in the first New York City ePrix (USA),
watched on by celebrities including Chris Hemsworth, Catherine
Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. The Dutch driver claimed ninth place
in both races, perfectly managing his energy usage. António Félix da
Costa (POR) was unfortunate to miss the points despite showing
strong pace and running in the top-ten for extended periods. He took
12th place in the first, and 15th following a
drive-through penalty in the second race of the New York City ePrix.

Saturday’s Race
The first FIA-sanctioned motor race in the “Big Apple” was a
thriller, with action throughout the field on every lap. Starting in
16th and 18th positions respectively, the MS
Amlin Andretti drivers Robin Frijns and António Félix da Costa
successfully navigated a chaotic opening lap to run just outside the
top ten. Frijns was able to run an extra lap in the first stint, and
the strategy paid off. He was in prime position in the closing laps
when the Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 was deployed to allow marshals to
recover a stranded car. The field was bunched up, and on the last lap
Frijns made two places, moving into ninth to take valuable points for
the Andretti team at their home race. Félix da Costa, while moving for
11th just before the halfway mark, made contact with
another competitor and had to pit two laps ahead of schedule. He
stretched his energy reserves and made it home in 12th place.

Sunday’s Race
After a crash in practice, the MS Amlin Andretti team changed Frijns’
gearbox. Having qualified 11th, he was forced to take a
10-place grid penalty – and a five-second pitstop punishment – and
thus start from the back row of the second race in Brooklyn. Félix da
Costa started in 16th position. Frijns was able to extend
his battery life hugely in the first stint of the 40-lap race, pitting
on the 28th tour – the second-longest stint in FIA Formula
E history at 54.516km (33.875 miles). With such a huge energy
advantage over his competitors with his second car, he passed several
drivers on the final lap and earned the team’s first back-to-back
points finishes of the season. Félix da Costa had a topsy-turvy race,
moving as high as eighth place and regularly challenging for further
positions in several entertaining battles. Unfortunately, he then made
contact with Loic Duval (FRA), putting Duval into a spin. Félix da
Costa was handed a drive-through penalty, effectively ending his race.
He crossed the line 15th. Sam Bird (GBR) was the victor of
both races, for DS Virgin Racing.

The Reactions

António Félix da Costa, MS Amlin Andretti: “I started
each of the races really well, made a few places in the first few laps
and managed the energy well. Both times, I had some bad luck and lost
time and positions. It’s been a really frustrating weekend. We need to
work on our qualifying, because the car is great in the race and if we
start further up the grid maybe we can avoid some of the chaos.”

Robin Frijns, MS Amlin Andretti: “We had a good
weekend overall, and I can go home a pretty happy man. We made a lot
of places in both races, which shows we have a great race car. In the
second race we had a decent qualifying session, but then had to start
last with the gearbox change. We saved a huge amount of energy at the
beginning, which was good because it left me a lot of energy left
compared to the others and I was able to close the gap and take some
points home.”

The BMW i Vehicle Fleet
For Season 3, BMW i remains the “Official Vehicle Partner” for the
FIA Formula E Championship. The BMW i8 (fuel consumption combined: 2.1
l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) will
continue as the high-performance, efficient Safety Car in Formula E.
The same goes for the BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh;
CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km), which is the “Medical Car” and “Race
Director Car” and for the BMW X5 xDrive40e (fuel consumption combined:
3.4–3.3 l/100 km / 83.1–85.6 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 78–77
g/km; figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the
tyre format specified), which functions as the “Rescue Car”.

The Outlook
MS Amlin Andretti will finish the season with another North American
double-header, the Montreal ePrix on July 29 and 30. The Canadian city
has a long-established motorsport heritage, but the event marks FIA
Formula E’s first visit to the country. The races will take place in
downtown Montreal, on a track unique to Formula E.

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