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

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

    Published On May 25, 2019 10:30:00 PM

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    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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