CCTV footage of the crash between Kiwi Formula E driver Mitch Evans and Alex Lynn in yesterday’s Diriyah E-Prix has been released, showcasing the accident’s violent nature.
Lynn was dicing for 14th with Evans in the latter stages of the 45-minute race. Pushed hard to the inside wall on the run into Turn 18, Lynn then launched off the rear of Evans’ Jaguar.
The Mahindra then soared over the top of Evans before flipping onto its roll hoop. The car scraped across the circuit at high-speed before coming to an abrupt stop at a retaining wall in the runoff area.
Lynn was taken to the nearby hospital but has since been discharged and is currently on his way back to the UK.
“The car is a 100 per cent write-off. The tub is smashed, the roll hoop is damaged and the halo is dented and scratched deeply,” Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill told The Race.
“It was not captured in television, so there was some uncertainty as to what had happened to Alex.
“He responded on the radio to say that he was OK.
“But it was not very strong, so that gave us a bit of an indication that he needed some assistance, and they got him on a flat-board, etc.
“He was a bit dazed, so it was suggested for him to go to the hospital as he had been on his head for quite a bit.
“He smashed the steering wheel with his legs, so the regen paddles were broken and he had sore knees.”
Evans recounted the crash as a racing accident that didn’t need to happen.
“We were close to the wall, and he didn’t really back out of it.
“Was there room? I’m not sure I need to see the replay. I hope there was, and I didn’t do anything out of order.
“He collected my rear wheel and had an aeroplane crash, which was pretty nasty. At one point, I could see him above me. It was not nice.
“But I think it’s a racing incident. We were racing hard for P-Nowhere.”