Jaguar driver Mitch Evans has been talking about the incident that occurred at the end of Saturday's second Diriyah E-Prix, with the race red-flagged after a huge crash for Mahindra Racing's Alex Lynn.
The pair had been battling for position on lap 26 when they tangled heading into turn 18, which had proved to be the best place for overtaking on the street circuit.
As the CCTV footage hereunder released by Formula E shows, Lynn's car was thrown into the air by the collision and then landed upside down, skidding down the circuit until it finally came to rest between the barriers at the bottom of the run-off.
“It was not a nice accident," Evans told Motorsport.com after the race ended. "Basically I was defending hard from Alex into 18 and he drove close to the wall.
"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 didn’t really back out of it," he added. "He clipped my rear wheel and had an aeroplane crash. It was really nasty.
“It was not a nice moment. At one point I could see him above me. It was not nice.
"Hopefully there’s a replay out soon. But I think it’s a racing incident, we were racing hard for P-Nowhere."
We are thankful that Alex Lynn is well after this accident. Testament to the medical staff, marshals and the @FIA who keep our sport safe. 🙌 to Mitch Evans who abandoned his race to run to Alex’s aid. #ABBFormulaE #DiriyahEPrix @alexlynnracing @mitchevans_ pic.twitter.com/hp7FTNYR8w
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) February 28, 2021
Evans stopped on track and was one of the first to arrive at the scene to check on Lynn's condition. Fortunately he was uninjured, although he was dispatched to a nearby hospital for additional medical checks.
“I saw him go into the wall and I jumped out to make sure he was okay," said the Kiwi driver. "You never want to see that sort of stuff. He’s a friend as well. You don’t want to see people go through that.
“I’ve spoken to him," he added. “He seems all fine but he’s gone [to hospital] as a precaution to make sure there’s nothing after the shock has worn off.
"The main thing is he’s all good," he said.
Evans' new team mate Sam Bird was in the lead of the race when the accident and was declared the winner when the red flag came out ahead of Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns and DS Techeetah's António Félix da Costa.
The reigning champion's team mate Jean-Eric Vergen finished in fourth place but was penalised for not using his mandatory second Attack Mode during the race, dropping him out of the points in 12th place.
Edoardo Mortara did not start the second race after being sent to hospital for checks following his own high-speed accident in practice earlier in the day, which was traced to a software glitch in the Mercedes-supplied power units.