Both MS&AD Andretti Formula E cars dropped out of the April 28 street race in Paris. António Félix da Costa had scored his best qualifying position, starting fifth on the grid, but he exited the race on the second lap with a technical problem. Tom Blomqvist’s car was damaged on the first lap; he soldiered on before dropping out on lap 32. The race win went to Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne.
Félix da Costa said, “Unfortunately, I had a technical problem which hindered me when braking. As such, I had to call it a day. It is a shame, as the race day actually began very promisingly for me and my team. To start from the top-five was a very positive qualifying result. It shows that we have done a good job as a team.”
No doubt the team’s hopes will be high for the Berlin E-Prix on May 19, where BMW i is to be the title sponsor.—Brian Morgan