Second Diriyah E-Prix was a “wonderfully crazy race” – McNish

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Team Principal, Allan McNish has said that the second Diriyah E-Prix was a “wonderfully crazy race”.

The second race of the weekend was full of incidents, with the safety car featuring twice after Sam Bird was punted into the wall by Mitch Evans, and Robin Frijns crashed into the wall at Turn 8, but Audi driver, Lucas Di Grassi managed to avoid the carnage to cross the line third, before being promoted to second after Max Gunther was given a penalty for overtaking under the safety car.

After having a difficult opening race on Friday, in which Di Grassi finished 13th while his team-mate Daniel Abt retired, Team Principal McNish was happy to come away with a trophy and that the chaotic race made the result “even sweeter”.

“That was a wonderfully crazy race – exactly the way we know and love Formula E.” commented McNish.

“That makes going home with a trophy even sweeter,

“I was especially impressed by how we fought back here in Riyadh after the disappointing first race on Friday. It shows how determined and passionately our team works.”

Abt also managed to get himself some points after a nightmare of an opening race.

The 26-year-old retired from Friday’s race after crashing in to the wall in the closing stages, but he recovered on Saturday to the second race in ninth place, and although he had a tough weekend, he believes he has a car capable of fighting for the championship.

“These points today were really hard-fought, but they felt good after a difficult start to the weekend,” added Abt.

“We may not have scored a lot of points yet, but we know that we’ve got the performance and the car to be in contention for victories.

“Now we just need to put it all together.”