Berlin E-Prix – Daniel Abt took a sensational home win during the Formula E race in Berlin for Audi, but what other headlines came out of the weekend?
Abt makes FE history
Abt became the first driver in the series to complete a Grand Slam of pole position, win, fastest lap and leading every lap. It was also only the second time in the series’ history a team has scored a 1-2 finish.
Vergne extends points lead
Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne now has a 40-point lead over DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird after an unfancied podium, having expected it to be the team’s toughest race of the season as the car did not suit the circuit. He can potentially wrap up the title at the next round in Zurich.
Buemi will battle harder next time
Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi enjoyed a great battle for third with Vergne, but said that he would do things differently if he did the race again. He warned that he will battle Vergne harder next time they meet on track.
Lotterer recovers from last to score points
Andre Lotterer started last after taking a 10-place grid penalty for his contact with Bird at the end of the Paris race, and had to take a 10-second time penalty as he could not serve the fully penalty having only qualified 18th. Nonetheless, he managed to recover in the race to ninth.
Late clash costs Lopez points
Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez was involved in a tight scrap for the lower points-paying positions when he was clipped by Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist which spun him round. This was after he and Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet Jr. ran wide at Turn 1 while running side-by-side for ninth.
Regen issue hinders D’Ambrosio
His Dragon team-mate Jerome D’Ambrosio qualified an amazing fourth, the team’s best result so far this season. He was set for a top eight finish when he suffered a regen issue in his second car, which meant he had to drop his pace significantly to make the finish. He crossed the line just 19th.
Lynn suffers electrical glitch
Alex Lynn had out-qualified Bird in eighth but an electric glitch early in the race meant he rapidly dropped to the back of the pack. He was able to recover in the second half of the race but only to 16th.