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Formula E: Di Grassi beats Buemi to win Berlin E-Prix

25th May 2019 10:30 pm

Di Grassi enters championship contention with Berlin E-Prix win propelling him to 2nd place in the standings, six points behind Vergne.

Lucas di Grassi cruised to victory at the Berlin E-Prix, handing Audi a race win on home ground. Starting the race from 3rd place, di Grassi made quick work of Stoffel Vandoorne to move up to 2nd and then started chasing polesitter Sebastien Buemi. He managed to pull off his race-winning move just a few minutes later, passing Buemi at Turn 6 to take the race lead. From there on, di Grassi maintained a healthy gap to the rest of the field, going on to win the race by 1.8 seconds from Buemi.

Buemi was briefly demoted by 3rd place by Antonio Felix da Costa, but used his Fanboost to re-gain 2nd place with 17 minutes on the clock. Later on in the race, he started coming under pressure from Jean-Eric Vergne, who had carved through the field after starting from 8th place. Despite making a few attempts, Vergne was unable to find a way past Buemi and had to settle for 3rd place.

Da Costa took 4th place, while Vandoorne managed to fend off Daniel Abt in the closing laps to finish in 5th place. Alexander Sims had to start the race from 11th place due to a five-place grid penalty from the previous race, but managed to gain a few positions to ultimately finish 7th, followed by Oliver Rowland and Sam Bird.

Mahindra Racing endured a lacklustre race at the very venue where it earned its first Formula E victory in 2017. Pascal Wehrlein claimed a single point for the team, finishing in 10th place, while his teammate Jerome d’Ambrosio finished down in 17th place. As a result, Mahindra has now lost a place to Nissan in the teams’ championship and is now 5th in the overall standings.

Heading into the race, Andre Lotterer was just one point behind teammate and championship leader Vergne. However, a disappointing Berlin E-Prix sees him drop to 3rd in the standings, 16 points behind Vergne. The DS Techeetah driver had made good progress having started all the way down from 21st place after failing to set a time in qualifying. But he had to retire from the race after suffering a battery issue. The only other retirement was Alex Lynn, who stopped on track after reporting rear axel issues.

With just three more races to go, Di Grassi taking his second victory of the season at Berlin propels him up to 2nd place in the drivers’ standings, six points behind Vergne.

Results

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Laps

Gap

1

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

Audi

37

47m02.477s

2

Sebastien Buemi

e.dams

Nissan

37

1.856s

3   

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS Techeetah

DS

37

2.522s

4

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW

BMW

37

5.845s

5

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA

Venturi

37

6.336s

6

Daniel Abt

Audi

Audi

37

6.551s

7

Alexander Sims

BMW

BMW

37

8.235s

8

Oliver Rowland

e.dams

Nissan

37

10.781s

9

Sam Bird

Virgin

Audi

37

13.153s

10

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra

Mahindra

37

14.846s

11

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

Venturi

37

15.377s

12

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

Jaguar

37

17.688s

13

Robin Frijns

Virgin

Audi

37

21.197s

14

Maximilian Gunther

Dragon

Penske

37

26.154s

15

Felipe Massa

Venturi

Venturi

37

26.684s

16

Gary Paffett

HWA

Venturi

37

27.718s

17

Jerome d'Ambrosio

Mahindra

Mahindra

37

27.729s

18

Oliver Turvey

NIO

NIO

37

32.117s

19

Tom Dillmann

NIO

NIO

37

33.706s

20

Jose Maria Lopez

Dragon

Penske

37

46.895s

-

Andre Lotterer

DS Techeetah

DS

28

Retirement

-

Alex Lynn

Jaguar

Jaguar

23

Retirement

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