Jake Dennis admits he has been waiting all year long to race in the New York City E-Prix, with the Briton aiming for two strong results around the Brooklyn Street Circuit this weekend.
The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver comes to the United States on the back of two top five finishes in the Puebla E-Prix three weeks ago, and he currently sits eighth in the 2020-21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship standings with three rounds and six races remaining.
And Dennis is looking to take the momentum from Puebla into this weekend’s double header in Brooklyn as he bids to bridge the gap between him and those at the top of the championship standings. He currently is only eighteen points behind championship leader Edoardo Mortara.
“I have been looking forward to this event since the race calendar was published,” said Dennis. “I’ve always wanted to go there since I was a kid, but I’d never made it.
“I can hardly wait to see the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge and to race in such a cool part of New York.
“I am sure that the double-header weekend will be very intense but I hope that we can build on our good performances in Puebla and get involved in the battle for the top three in the drivers’ championship.”
“We have prepared well and I feel ready to have some fun” – Maximilian Günther
Team-mate Maximilian Günther heads to New York sitting a lowly eighteenth in the standings, with the German still seeking his first podium finish of the season.
Günther has shown flashes of speed, particularly in Qualifying, but he has often been let down during the races, either with issues with the car or tyres or by making mistakes.
The twenty-three-year-old says he has been looking forward to racing again in New York, although his first experience of the Brooklyn Street Circuit in the 2018-19 season saw him finish race two in nineteenth position after retiring from race one. He is aiming for better luck and better results this weekend.
“Looking at the whole season, the races in New York are definitely some of the most special ones,” said Günther. “Racing in front of that skyline gives the weekend that certain something.
“The circuit is superb, we have prepared well and I feel ready to have some fun in the Big Apple.”