Berlin E-Prix: di Grassi dominates at Audi's homeground

Lucas di Grassi took a home victory for Audi - and his second of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season - in the Berlin E-Prix on Saturday.

Berlin E-Prix: di Grassi dominates at Audi's homeground

Di Grassi's race-winning move came early on when he dived down the inside of polesitter Sebastien Buemi at the sweeping bend of Turn 6 on the third lap.

The Audi driver then built a gap of over a second to secure back-to-back wins for Audi in Berlin, ahead of Buemi.

Buemi was put under varying degrees of pressure throughout the race and was demoted to third behind BMW Andretti's Antonio Felix da Costa until the Nissan driver breezed back into second with the use of fanboost around the mid-distance mark.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne finished third behind Buemi after a late charge through the field, aided by the efficiency of the DS Techeetah package.

Vergne started eighth on the grid but not long after da Costa and Buemi's battle, scythed his way through the field with moves on Daniel Abt, Stoffel Vandoorne and da Costa helping to seal the position.

Da Costa would eventually take fourth ahead of Vandoorne and Abt.

Vandoorne and Abt's battle ran for the majority of the race, with the Audi driver's late final use of attack mode putting the HWA driver under pressure.

Alexander Sims had made it into superpole at Berlin but started 11th following his five-place grid penalty earned in Monaco.

The BMW driver made steady progress to climb into seventh ahead of Oliver Rowland and clear of a frenetic battle for the final points-paying positions.

Oliver Rowland took eighth but was warned for a move on Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein after nudging the ex-Formula 1 driver into the outside wall during his overtake.

Wehrlein would finish 10th behind Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird.

HWA's Gary Paffett had secured fourth on the grid in Berlin but progressively fell through the field to finish a disappointing 16th.

Andre Lotterer headed into the race one point behind teammate and championship leader Vergne but suffered a setback when he pulled into the pits with a suspected battery problem.

Jaguar's Alex Lynn was the only other driver to retire from the race when he reported a rear-axle problem that brought him to a halt on the start/finish line and caused a short full-course yellow period.

Lynn had been impressive early in the race as he battled his way into an early third place over Vandoorne, and also earned a warning for an early clash with Paffett.

Race results:

shares
comments
Berlin E-Prix: Buemi beats Vandoorne to pole

Previous article

Berlin E-Prix: Buemi beats Vandoorne to pole

Next article

Problem discovered behind Lotterer's battery overheat DNF

Problem discovered behind Lotterer's battery overheat DNF
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Event Berlin E-prix
Author Tom Errington
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Prime

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Prime

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits.

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Prime

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons.

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Prime

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021
Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Prime

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet.

Formula E
Feb 24, 2021
How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Prime

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

Mercedes and Porsche compete to win and have done so across the board: in Formula 1, sportscars, the Dakar Rally and endurance road races - even working together to break land speed records. Next in the crosshairs is the Formula E teams' championship crown.

Formula E
Feb 17, 2021
What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction Prime

What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction

News that McLaren is formally considering a Formula E move is a much-needed boost for a series that took some punches at the end of 2020. But to allay any doubts that Zak Brown may have, FE must take action on its biggest potential stumbling block

Formula E
Jan 11, 2021
Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E Prime

Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E

BMW and Audi shocked the Formula E fraternity by announcing their departures at the end of the 2020-21 season. Overnight, the championship has been dealt something of a "wake-up call" - including questions about its relevance to manufacturers.

Formula E
Dec 3, 2020