Some plonker forgets to brake and smashes into me – Dennis hits out at Ticktum

Jake Dennis has hit out at Dan Ticktum after the pair collided during the middle of the Sao Paulo E-Prix


Jake Dennis has called Dan Ticktum a “plonker” after the Nio driver collided into him during a chaotic Sao Paulo E-Prix on Saturday.

Ticktum went too deep into Turn 1 and hit the side of Dennis, who then clipped Pascal Wehrlein and pulled off to one side.

“It’s just a target on my back,” said Dennis. “That’s two races now where I’ve been driving my race and some plonker 100 metres behind just forgets to brake and just smashes into me.

“It’s typical. I don’t know what else I can do. I don’t know what he was thinking. I’ve seen the onboard and he’s like in his own little world.

“I’m pretty annoyed with Dan, I don’t know what the situation is with that but he just forgot to brake and smashed into me. Is what it is.”

Having won the season-opener and finished second at the two races in Diriyah, Dennis had not scored in the last three races.

In Hyderabad, he was an innocent bystander when Rene Rast mounted over the back of his Andretti, then in Cape Town he was given a drive-through penalty for his tyre pressures being too low.

“It hurts a lot,” added Dennis. “For myself and the team you spend a week doing the full preparation away from home, all the work you do behind the scenes before that, just for some geezer to forget to brake. It’s ridiculous.

“Happened in Hyderabad with Rast, happened here with Ticktum. They need to start looking forward instead of their mirrors, so I’m pretty annoyed.”

Jake Dennis in action at the Sao Paulo-E Prix | ABB FIA Formula E

Championship still on the cards

Dennis trails Wehrlein by 24 points in the championship with 10 rounds to go, although Nick Cassidy, Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa are within four points of the British driver.

Despite his frustration, he still believes the Formula E title is possible if Andretti can turn their fortunes around.

“We can still win the championship,” said Dennis. “It’s just frustrating. right now.

“Right now I’m emotional and just annoyed at the whole situation but it’s only round six or whatever it is so there’s a long way to go.

“We’ve just thrown away like kind of around about 40 points right now so it’s not good enough.”

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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