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

9th Aug 2020 1:18 pm

BMW driver Max Gunther took his second Formula E win this season after overtaking Vergne and holding off Frijns.

BMW’s Max Gunther bounced back from a difficult double-header in Berlin (where he scored no points), to take a hard-fought win at Round 8. The 22-year-old beat out Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns by just 0.128 sec to take victory on home soil.

·         Gunther climbs from 9th to 2nd in the championship

·         Da Costa’s 4th place finish helps him retain his championship lead

·         Vergne finishes on the podium

BMW’s return to form

BMW endured a string of bad results in the first two races at Berlin. However, the team appeared to be far more comfortable on the original layout of the Tempelhof Airport track used for Round 8.

Polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) did a good job holding on to the lead in the first quarter of the race. Gunther, on the other hand, spent the first half of the race expertly saving energy. This allowed him to really close in on Vergne in the closing stages and he pulled off what would be a race-winning move on the run up the inside of Turn 7.

Vergne then lost another place to Frijns, who was on a late race charge after starting 5th. Using his 1 percent energy cushion, Frijns attempted to pass Gunther at Turn 9 and 10. But he was unable to find a way past the German driver and had to settle for 2nd place instead.

“It was a tough race and we managed it well and kept cool – taking the Attack Mode early on both occasions,” said Gunther after the race.

“We made the move on JEV [Vergne], and Robin [Frijns] was able to get a bit of a run on us but we held on. I knew the guys behind had slightly more energy than us, so I had to make the pass on Vergne as early as I could. I was never going to give the win up on the last lap!”

Da Costa holds on to championship lead

After taking dominant wins at the first two races in Berlin, Round 8 ended up being a more subdued affair for Antonio Felix da Costa. After spending most of the race running in 8th place, he started tearing through the pack and was soon up to 4th.

However, his Techeetah team mate Vergne was able to hold him off to secure the last podium spot. Vergne did report loss of energy during Attack Mode use, but a 3rd place finish is a major uptick in performance for the reigning Formula E championship, following his poor results in the previous two races.

Da Costa’s 4th place finish was enough for him to hold on to the overall lead. His advantage in the drivers’ championship stands at 68 points, while Gunther’s second win of the season elevates him from 9th to 2nd in the overall standings.

Porsche’s Andre Lotterer finished 5th, followed by Nissan’s Oliver Rowland.

Mahindra Racing unable to convert qualifying form into strong results

As has been the case in the past, Mahindra Racing enjoyed a strong performance in qualifying. Both, Jerome d’Ambrosio and Alex Lynn made it to the Super Pole shootout and qualified 3rd and 5th respectively.

Despite battling it out at the front in the opening laps, both drivers slipped down the order as the race progressed. D’Ambrosio ended up finishing 7th, while Lynn dropped all the way down to 18th place by the end of the race.

Audi’s Lucas di Grassi took 8th place after spinning out at Turn 1 while battling Felipe Massa earlier on. Massa was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident and finished in last place. Meanwhile, Jaguar’s Mitch Evans finally scored points in Berlin with a 9th place result.

After being involved in an incident with Geox Dragon’s Sergio Sette Camara, Jaguar’s James Calado and Porsche’s Neel Jani, BMW driver Alexander Sims recovered to secure the final points scoring position.

Round 9 of the 2019/20 Formula E championship will take place later today and will follow the same original track layout. You can head here for the complete schedule of the 2019/20 Formula E finale.

Berlin E-Prix (Round 8) results:

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Max Gunther

BMW

BMW

46m15.512s

2

Robin Frijns

Virgin

Audi

0.128s

3

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS Techeetah

DS

2.569s

4

Antonio Felix da Costa

DS Techeetah

DS

2.743s

5

Andre Lotterer

Porsche

Porsche

3.136s

6

Oliver Rowland

e.dams

Nissan

5.547s

7

Jerome d'Ambrosio

Mahindra

Mahindra

7.893s

8

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

Audi

12.672s

9

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

Jaguar

13.511s

10

Alexander Sims

BMW

BMW

19.248s

11

Sebastien Buemi

e.dams

Nissan

20.240s

12

Nico Muller

Dragon

Penske

20.486s

13

Sam Bird

Virgin

Audi

20.733s

14

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

Mercedes

20.944s

15

Daniel Abt

NIO

NIO

21.948s

16

Oliver Turvey

NIO

NIO

22.774s

17

Alex Lynn

Mahindra

Mahindra

23.181s

18

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes

Mercedes

32.520s

19

Felipe Massa

Venturi

Mercedes

36.549s

-

Rene Rast

Audi

Audi

Retirement

-

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes

Mercedes

Retirement

-

James Calado

Jaguar

Jaguar

Retirement

-

Sergio Sette Camara

Dragon

Penske

Retirement

-

Neel Jani

Porsche

Porsche

Retirement

 

Also see:

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

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

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