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Formula E - Lucas di Grassi lands victory at Tempelhof airport

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25.05.19

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secures second successive home win in German capital

In front of excited fans, Lucas di Grassi managed to achieve his 10th career victory in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Starting from third on the grid, the Brazilian made progress up the order in the early stages and managed to cross the finish line first.

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver made a clean getaway and stuck behind Stoffel Vandoorne in the opening laps, before making his move up the inside of the Turn 6 hairpin at the end of the long back straight. He mirrored the same manoeuvre only a handful of laps later to take the lead from Sebastien Buemi. Di Grassi managed his energy and maintained the gap to Buemi - eventually crossing the line to pick-up 25 points and an additional point for setting fastest lap.

Buemi started the race from pole position but didn’t have the speed to keep di Grassi behind. Despite still not being able to convert pole into victory, second place marks Buemi’s first podium finish for Nissan e.dams this season.

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne continued his recent upturn in form to complete the podium positions. Vergne advanced through the field from eighth, pulling off a number of audacious lunges with late-braking into the popular overtaking spot at Turn 6.

Antonio Felix da Costa, Vandoorne and Daniel Abt exchanged paint and positions on track in a hard-fought race for fourth - with da Costa narrowly missing out on another podium place for BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

The British trio of Alexander Sims, Oliver Rowland and Sam Bird came home in seventh, eighth and ninth respectively ahead of Pascal Wehrlein in the final points-paying position.

The title contenders and lead group is starting to emerge as the season approaches the final stages. DS TECHEETAH driver Vergne remains at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship drivers’ standings and extends his lead to six points. Second in the standings is Berlin race winner di Grassi followed by Andre Lotterer and da Costa. With the successful weekend in Germany, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored enough points to move ahead of Envision Virgin Racing in the teams’ championship standings and is now second behind DS TECHEETAH. Nissan e.dams and Mahindra complete the top-five.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to Switzerland next for the first edition of the Bern E-Prix on 22 June. Round 11 of the 2018/2019 season will be the last event of the European leg before the season finale in New York.

 

Quotes:

Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler:

„An amazing race for Audi. It was a very strategic race with a lot of energy saving and our cars seemed very efficient today, so I’m super happy. Before coming into this weekend I thought that with practice being on a different day on a track which isn’t normally very used - so it’s dusty - that it would’ve been pretty much impossible to qualify here in this position. It just shows that you have to work hard and do the best we can - surprises can come and this is a very nice surprise to me.“

Sebastien Buemi, Nissan e.dams:

"It feels good. I can’t believe it’s only my first podium after all the races we’ve had. I know everyone can say that they deserve to get more points, but I think from our side it’s been really frustrating because we’ve been leading so many races and in the end not scored points, so it’s good to finally see that we score points for the team and we are coming back. There are another three races and I hope I can score more but today I was not as quick as Lucas. I feel like we aren’t as efficient - we are good in qualifying - but we aren’t strong enough in the race so we need to try and work hard and see what we can do better."

Jean-Eric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH:

"It was really fun. It was a fantastic recovery from yesterday and I have to thank my team because yesterday I was more than one second off and I had a massive issue on the car which we couldn’t find during the day, they found it overnight. This morning in qualifying, I got into a brand-new car basically with new brakes and a new feeling. I’m very pleased with today’s result and I always like to leave the track knowing I have done the best and better was impossible.”

 

 

2019 Berlin E-Prix (Rd 10)

 

1

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

47:02.477s

(26)

2

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

+1.856s

(21)

3

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

+2.522s

(15)

4

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

+5.845s

(12)

5

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA RACELAB

+6.336s

(10)

6

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

+6.551s

(8)

7

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

+8.235s

(6)

8

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

+10.781s

(4)

9

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

+13.153s

(2)

10

Pascal Wehrlein

MAHINDRA RACING

+14.846s

(1)

11

Edoardo Mortara

VENTURI Formula E Team

+15.377s

 

12

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

+17.688s

 

13

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

+21.197s

 

14

Maximilian Gunther

GEOX DRAGON

+26.154s

 

15

Felipe Massa

VENTURI Formula E Team

+26.684s

 

16

Gary Paffett

HWA RACELAB

+27.718s

 

17

Jerome D’Ambrosio

MAHINDRA RACING

+27.729s

 

18

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

+32.117s

 

19

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

+33.706s

 

20

Jose Maria Lopez

GEOX DRAGON

+46.895s

 

 

 

 

 

 

DNF

Andre Lotterer

DS TECHEETAH

28 Laps

 

DNF

Alex Lynn

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

23 Laps

 

 

 

Driver standing

 

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

102

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

96

Andre Lotterer

DS TECHEETAH

86

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

82

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

81

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

69

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

67

Jerome D’Ambrosio

MAHINDRA RACING

65

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

63

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

61

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

56

Edoardo Mortara

VENTURI Formula E Team

52

Pascal Wehrlein

MAHINDRA RACING

52

Felipe Massa

VENTURI Formula E Team

32

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA RACELAB

30

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

24

Maximilian Gunther

GEOX DRAGON

10

Gary Paffett

HWA RACELAB

8

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

6

Alex Lynn

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

4

Jose Maria Lopez

GEOX DRAGON

3

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

1

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

0

Felipe Nasr

GEOX DRAGON

0

Felix Rosenqvist

MAHINDRA RACING

0

 

 

 

Team standing

 

DS TECHEETAH

188

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

163

Envision Virgin Racing

137

Nissan e.dams

124

MAHINDRA RACING

117

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

106

VENTURI Formula E Team

84

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

74

HWA RACELAB

38

GEOX DRAGON

13

NIO Formula E Team

6