Antonio Felix da Costa seals 2019/20 Formula E title in Berlin

    Da Costa and DS Techeetah have wrapped-up the 2019/20 Formula E drivers’ and teams’ titles with two races to spare.

    Published On Aug 11, 2020 10:57:00 AM

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    DS Techeetah’s António Félix da Costa has won the 2019/20 Formula E championship after completing Round 9 in 2nd place. His teammate Jean-Éric Vergne won the race (the fourth of six in Berlin) to help DS Techeetah wrap-up the Teams’ championship as well.

    ·         Da Costa wins the Formula E championship with two races to spare

    ·         Round 9 win elevates Vergne to 2nd in the championship

    ·         Lynn bags his first points finish for Mahindra Racing

    Vergne scores his first win of the season

    DS Techeetah made clever use of strategy, swapping its drivers’ positions twice to fend off the threat from Nissan.

    While running 1st and 2nd, Vergne and da Costa were unable to really pull away from the Nissan duo of Oliver Rowland and Sébastien Buemi. Crucially, the DS Techeetah cars were also running with one percent less usable energy than the Nissan cars.

    On lap 13, the team ordered da Costa to swap places with Vergne and attack, giving him some buffer to the Nissans. They were once again ordered to switch places on Lap 30 as they sought to optimise their remaining energy.

    Nissan decided to use the same tactic, asking Rowland to move aside for Buemi, who had an energy advantage at the time. However, Vergne and Da Costa were able to resist the pressure from Buemi to hand Techeetah a 1-2 finish.

    With this, last season’s champion Vergne has secured his first Formula E win this season. The result also sees him make big gains in the championship as he jumps from 9th to 2nd place in the overall standings.

    Mercedes’ Nyck de Vries pipped Rowland to 4th place on the very last lap. They were followed by Audi’s Lucas di Grassi, Jaguar’s Mitch Evans and Porsche’s André Lotterer in 6th, 7th and 8th place, respectively.

    Da Costa crowned Formula E champion

    A 2nd-place finish was enough for Da Costa to seal the championship with two races to spare. In a season where most drivers have struggled to maintain consistency, the Portuguese driver consistently secured good results. In fact, he won four of the last five rounds.

    “This team knew what I could do even when I was finishing nowhere, and they brought me back. A massive thanks to my teammate Jean-Éric Vergne too. He’s a hard competitor but he has helped me out a lot and it’s also thanks to him that I was able to be so quick straight away in this team,” he said after the race. “We had a game-plan and we executed it perfectly today.”

    Lynn secures his first points for Mahindra

    Alex Lynn had a tough task at hand for the six-race finale in Berlin. The British racer was drafted in to replace Pascal Wehrlein at Mahindra Racing mid-season and had to adapt to a new car in a relatively short amount of time.

    Despite securing some impressive results in qualifying, a strong race result has evaded him so far. But he did manage to pick up his first points for the Indian team with a 9th-place finish, despite battling dash display issues in the closing stages of the race.

    His teammate, Jérôme d’Ambrosio crossed the chequered flag in 15th place.

    The final two races of the 2019/20 Formula E season will take place on August 12 and 13. These final two rounds will use a new circuit configuration of the Tempelhof Airport track featuring tighter, twistier middle and final sectors.

    Berlin E-Prix (Round 9) results:

    Pos

    Driver

    Team

    Car

    Gap

    1

    Jean-Éric Vergne

    DS Techeetah

    DS

    46m24.803s

    2

    António Félix da Costa

    DS Techeetah

    DS

    0.497s

    3

    Sébastien Buemi

    Nissan e.dams

    Nissan

    1.392s

    4

    Nyck de Vries

    Mercedes

    Mercedes

    3.791s

    5

    Oliver Rowland

    Nissan e.dams

    Nissan

    5.018s

    6

    Lucas di Grassi

    Audi

    Audi

    9.805s

    7

    Mitch Evans

    Jaguar

    Jaguar

    14.814s

    8

    André Lotterer

    Porsche

    Porsche

    15.755s

    9

    Alex Lynn

    Mahindra

    Mahindra

    21.001s

    10

    Felipe Massa

    Venturi

    Mercedes

    22.809s

    11

    Sam Bird

    Virgin

    Audi

    22.911s

    12

    Stoffel Vandoorne

    Mercedes

    Mercedes

    23.388s

    13

    Alexander Sims

    BMW

    BMW

    23.575s

    14

    Edoardo Mortara

    Venturi

    Mercedes

    23.889s

    15

    Jérôme d'Ambrosio

    Mahindra

    Mahindra

    23.914s

    16

    Rene Rast

    Audi

    Audi

    24.381s

    17

    James Calado

    Jaguar

    Jaguar

    26.600s

    18

    Daniel Abt

    NIO

    NIO

    29.121s

    19

    Neel Jani

    Porsche

    Porsche

    29.527s

    20

    Nico Muller

    Dragon

    Penske

    34.431s

    21

    Sergio Sette Camara

    Dragon

    Penske

    36.315s

    22

    Oliver Turvey

    NIO

    NIO

    1m01.473s

    -

    Maximilian Guenther

    BMW

    BMW

    Collision

    -

    Robin Frijns

    Virgin

    Audi

    Not started

     

    Also see:

    2019/20 Formula E: Gunther fends off Frijns to win Round 8 in Berlin

    2019/20 Formula E: Da Costa makes it back-to-back wins in Berlin

    2019/20 Formula E: Da Costa takes clean sweep at first Berlin E-Prix

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