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

6th Aug 2020 12:47 pm

Tense final moments of the Berlin E-Prix saw da Costa cross the finish line with no usable energy to spare.

Formula E has resumed its 2019/20 season after a lengthy five month break, but championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa proved that he’s still the man to beat as he secured a dominant win at the first of six races in Berlin. The DS Techeetah driver bagged the maximum 30-points haul after setting the fastest time in group qualifying, securing pole position, taking a lights-to-flag victory and setting the fastest lap – the first time in Formula E history that a driver has pulled off a clean sweep.

  • Da Costa wins first Berlin E-Prix to extend championship lead
  • Vergne drops from 2nd to 20th
  • Mahindra Racing score 10 points with d’Ambrosio’s 5th place result

Da Costa takes victory while Vergne struggles

DS Techeetah enjoyed a strong race start, with both da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne pulling away out at front. The pair maintained their advantage even after the first safety car period, which was triggered by Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns crashing into the wall after attempting to pass BMW’s Max Gunther.

Setting his sights on the race lead, Vergne decided to activate his higher power Attack Mode to overtake his team mate. It ended up being a futile move when Felipe Massa crashed at Turn 6, triggering a full-course yellow that effectively neutralised the race.

From there on, Vergne’s race started unraveling as he spiraled down the order. This promoted Sam Bird and Andre Lotterer to 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

But just when it seemed like da Costa would be sailing to an easy victory, he started running low on energy with a lap yet to go. The Portuguese driver ultimately held on to fly past the finish line with a perfectly judged 0.0 percent of his useable energy remaining. The last lap also saw Lotterer pass Bird to secure 2nd place, while Vergne finished all the way down in 20th place.

Da Costa now leads the championship by 41 points from Jaguar driver Mitch Evans. Further helping da Costa’s case was the fact that Evans suffered a spin early on in the race after making contact with Guenther and could only salvage a 13th place finish.

“Everyone’s assuming I have to win the title but I take that pressure well,” said da Costa after the race. “It means it’s an important thing and yes, I want to win it, but there’s still a really long way to go.

5th place for Mahindra Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio

Ahead of the race, Mahindra Racing’s Team Principal Dilbagh Gill revealed that the team has identified and worked on fundamental problems on the M6Electro. And the team secured a fairly strong result at the first Berlin E-Prix to back that claim.

Jerome d’Ambrosio finished just behind Nyck de Vries in 5th place to secure 10 crucial points for Mahindra. With this, the Indian team is now just seven points behind Venturi Racing in the overall standings, in 10th place (out of 12 teams).

Alex Lynn could only manage a 12th place result in what was his first outing for Mahindra Racing. But the British driver will have a handful of opportunities to improve on his result with five more races to go in Berlin.

Stoffel Vandoorne, Sebastien Buemi, Lucai di Grassi, Alexander Sims and Rene Rast (who joined Audi following’s Daniel Abt’s sim racing controversy) rounded up the top ten.

Guenther disqualified from Berlin E-Prix

Guenther initially finished the race in 8th place but was disqualified for exceeding the amount of usable energy available. As a result, he’s dropped to 5th place in the overall drivers’ championship.

The next race at Berlin will be held tonight (10:30pm IST) and will follow the same reverse layout as the first race. You can head here for the complete schedule of the 2019/20 Formula E finale.

Berlin E-Prix (Round 6) results

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

CAR

GAP

1

Antonio Felix da Costa

DS Techeetah

DS

47m08.261s

2

Andre Lotterer

Porsche

Porsche

5.445s

3

Sam Bird

Virgin

Audi

6.526s

4

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes

Mercedes

6.911s

5

Jerome d'Ambrosio

Mahindra

Mahindra

13.212s

6

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes

Mercedes

13.654s

7

Sebastien Buemi

e.dams

Nissan

14.926s

8

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

Audi

17.311s

9

Alexander Sims

BMW

BMW

17.673s

10

Rene Rast

Audi

Audi

18.852s

11

Neel Jani

Porsche

Porsche

21.039s

12

Alex Lynn

Mahindra

Mahindra

21.603s

13

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

Jaguar

22.482s

14

Oliver Rowland

e.dams

Nissan

23.208s

15

James Calado

Jaguar

Jaguar

28.906s

16

Oliver Turvey

NIO

NIO

31.116s

17

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

Mercedes

38.765s

18

Daniel Abt

NIO

NIO

39.282s

-

Max Gunther

BMW

BMW

Disqualified

-

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS Techeetah

DS

Not classified

-

Sergio Sette Camara

Dragon

Penske

Disqualified

-

Nico Muller

Dragon

Penske

Not classified

-

Felipe Massa

Venturi

Mercedes

Retirement

-

Robin Frijns

Virgin

Audi

Retirement

 

Also see:

ABB to provide chargers for Gen3 Formula E cars

 

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