The BMW Andretti driver wanted to overturn a four-point deficit to champion Nyck de Vries within the closing race of the Formulation E season at Tempelhof Airport to attain a exceptional debut title.
However whereas operating in eighth place, which might have netted 4 factors to tie him on the prime, he suffered a technical failure and speared into the wall on the surface of Flip 1.
This arrived as he closed to the rear of the Nissan e.dams machine of Sebastien Buemi in a struggle for seventh place on the second lap of the restart of the red-flagged finale.
Whereas the precise explanation for the issue is but to be recognized, Dennis described a “bizarre” noise from the rear of the automotive as he used the regen braking to decelerate.
He stated: “We nonetheless have to look into it.
“As quickly as I got here out of the final nook, we began to have a bizarre sound from gearbox or from the again of the powertrain.
“Then once I lifted into Flip 1, the rear tyres simply fully locked and put me into the wall.
“I am dissatisfied. Clearly, we had been in a preventing place, we had the higher hand at that time.
“However however, there’s was lengthy strategy to go, and something might have occurred at that time.”
Dennis did take into account whether or not the prolonged stoppage, attributable to title rival Edoardo Mortara operating into the again of a stationary Mitch Evans, may need performed a job within the failure.
The restart was delayed whereas an ambulance was repositioned along side the monitor, which left the automobiles to kind a queue within the pitlane.
Dennis added: “I do not know if it was perhaps linked to being stationary for therefore lengthy within the pit lane.”
However the Brit, who scored two wins in his rookie season and earned a contract with the newly unbiased Andretti Autosport group for 2022, went on to specific his shock at ending third within the standings after a Saudi Arabia debut when he scored twelfth earlier than crashing out in race two.
Jake Dennis, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, BMW iFE.21 after the crash
Photograph by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Photos
He stated: “I am simply comfortable to be nonetheless sat right here in third.
“We might have so simply misplaced many extra positions as we speak with the championship being so shut.
“Genuinely, the perfect man [de Vries] gained.
“We have come a good distance from Saudi.
“Truthfully, I did not assume we might be sat right here after the primary couple of rounds.”
Dennis had not pushed a Formulation E automotive at this level final yr earlier than profitable the BMW contract following an inside shootout with the German producer that additionally included works DTM drivers Philipp Eng and Lucas Auer.
BMW, which is able to now give up the sequence, ended the marketing campaign sixth within the groups’ championship, one place down on its consequence from final season and in 2018-19, when it joined the sequence in a works capability.