"Jesus Christ, we're world champions!" - Jake Dennis triumphs in "relentless" Formula E 2023 championship battle
In a dramatic race in London, Jake Dennis secured the drivers' title in the Formula E World Championship for the first time. The Briton prevailed over Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans in the drivers' standings after tough battles and exuberantly celebrated the success with his Andretti team. After the E-Prix, Dennis let his emotions run free and looked back on the "relentless" title fight in the 2023 season
At the 2022 London E-Prix, Jake Dennis was given the nickname "Hollywood" by his team boss Roger Griffiths. His races are movie-worthy after all, the Andretti boss said of his protégé; hence the name. At the 2023 London round, however, it wasn't just the Briton who'd earned the "Hollywood" title, but the course of the entire E-Prix as well. The safety car came onto the track several times, and twice the race was even interrupted with red flags.
And so it is fitting that Jake "Hollywood" Dennis secured his first Formula E title in, of all things, a dramatic and twist-filled Saturday race in London. After the E-Prix, he let his emotions run free: "Jesus Christ, we're world champions!" he exclaimed afterwards. "I'm so happy- for me and for the team."
"Phew, I'll have to go for it again!"
Dennis continued, "After the first red flag, I felt like everyone was out to get me. It was hard to control my emotions and stay calm. Honestly, I didn't know that much about the championship during the race. I know that Nick (Cassidy) was out, which really threw me off. At one point, I even asked if I had to finish at all because I thought I only had to get the six points compared to him. Then my engineer told me that Mitch (Evans) was still in it and I just thought, 'Phew, I'll have to for it again!' I couldn't believe it when they told me."
The moment he crossed the finish line, Dennis was "speechless," he said, "I just screamed, there were no words. We are world champions - what a relief. I've never felt such emotions in my life. It's something we all dream of."
"The level that Nick, Mitch and I were at this year was very high. Every time I had a good lap, they were right behind me. Between us it was really relentless this year, so it's no surprise that it came down to the wire."
Evans congratulates Dennis: "Hopefully it will work out next time"
After the title decider, Dennis' world championship rivals were left only to congratulate the Briton on the championship. "The three of us in the title fight deserved it in different ways, but Jake has been solid all year," praised Mitch Evans. "Full credcit to his team as well. I would have liked to take it to tomorrow, but it wasn't meant to be. It's another year, at the end of which I say 'hopefully next year'."
Dennis' Formula E weekend in London is not over yet, despite winning the title. It will continue on Sunday with the second race in Great Britain - the last of the season. "In Formula E, you never know what's going to happen until the last lap," Andretti team owner Michael Andretti sums up the first day of racing. "All these years to get to the top and celebrate a championship ... Thanks to Porsche, too. This is fantastic!" The start of the second race is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CEST.