Hughes ruled out of Rome E-Prix after qualifying shunt

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Hughes ruled out of Rome E-Prix after qualifying shunt

NEOM McLaren’s Jake Hughes will not participate in today’s Rome E-Prix after a heavy shunt in qualifying.

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The Brit sustained damage to his #5 car, after crashing at one of the fastest parts of the circuit in the final stages of Group B. 

In a statement, the McLaren team shared the news and stated that the level of damage and the fact the spare chassis had already been used for the weekend was the reason behind him not getting back behind the wheel today.

“The NEOM McLaren Formula E Team regrets to confirm the #5 car of Jake Hughes will not be able to compete in today's Rome E-Prix, due to damage incurred during the group stages of Qualifying.

“Unfortunately, a combination of high damage to the car, and our shared spare manufacturer chassis already taken up earlier this weekend by the Nissan Formula E Team, leaves us in a position where we are unable to repair the car in time for the race.”

Norman Nato of Nissan crashed at the end of Free Practice 1 yesterday, and as a result was given the spare chassis that is shared between Nissan and their customer team, McLaren. 

Speaking about his accident, Hughes says that he was “all good from his side”. 

“Obviously, it’s a big shame. Sorry for all the guys doing all the work now to fix the car, it was a shame cause we looked quite quick and we were in P2 or P3 at the time. A sudden crash, we just hit a bump at the wrong angle but that’s street racing. It is what it is. We will make sure we come back stronger, but it’s motorsport and these things happen. We’ll get them again next time.”