Jake Dennis felt that saying “no” to the team’s first call to take Attack Mode was the reason that the Reigning World Champion went on to win the Diriyah E-Prix.
The Andretti driver decided to ignore the team’s first call to take Attack Mode and chose to do an overcut in the first stint of the race, which enabled him to pass Mitch Evans and move into second place.
“That call won us the race,” stated Dennis. “I think the team’s call would not have worked, and I would have stayed P3 and not got past Mitch.
“Ultimately, ignoring the first call and doing an extra lap made the difference and they were happy for me to make that decision. It is good that the team gave me that freedom, and thankfully it paid off. To get the win for the team today was great.”
Dennis was delighted that the car had such a strong pace during the race, that even though Nick Cassidy had an energy advantage over the Brit he wasn’t worried about the Jaguar driver catching him.
“We had great pace today, once we got into the lead, we were smart with the energy management. When we needed to push we were very quick which was great to see.
“Even at the end, when Nick Cassidy had an energy advantage over us it was nice to know that we still had the pace to keep him behind if we were in a different situation, especially if we had a safety car.
“In Mexico, we tried something new and it didn’t work. So we went back to basics and we are back at the front of the grid.
“It was great to just tick off that first win of the season. It is always nice to get your first win in a championship season and hopefully, we can kick on and get some more.“