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Flag of Germany 2019 Berlin E-Prix
Berlin Layout 2017
The Berlin E-Prix circuit with the Attack Zone.
Race Information
Date 25 May 2019
Official Name 2019 BMW i Berlin E-Prix[1]
Location Flag of Berlin Tempelhofring, Berlin, Germany
Lap length 2.375 km (1.476 mi)
Distance 37 laps / 87.875 km (54.602 mi)
Support Race Flag of Germany 2019 Berlin eTrophy Race
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Team Flag of France Nissan e.Dams
Time 1:07.295
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi
Team Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Fastest Lap 1:09.357 on lap 29
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne
Winner Team Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Time 47:02.477
ePrix Guide
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Flag of Monaco 2019 Monaco E-Prix Flag of Switzerland 2019 Bern E-Prix
Post-Race Test {{{test}}}

The 2019 Berlin E-Prix, otherwise officially known as the 2019 BMW i Berlin E-Prix, was the tenth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, staged at the Tempelhofring at Tempelhof airport in Berlin, Germany, on the 25 May 2019.[2] The race was the sixth E-Prix to be held in Berlin and the fifth at the Tempelhof ring, which was unchanged for a third season.[2]

Qualifying would see Sébastien Buemi claim pole position, beating Stoffel Vandoorne in a straight fight in Super Pole.[3] Best of the rest, and the first pilot of a German car, was Lucas di Grassi, while Gary Paffett, Alex Lynn and Alexander Sims also made it to Super Pole.[3]

It proved to be an even start to the race, with Buemi fending off a half-hearted look by Vandoorne into the first corner.[4] The rest of the field would likewise get away in grid order, although André Lotterer would make a barnstorming start to move from 21st to sixteenth.[4]

The race would quickly settle down, with Buemi seeming unable to escape up the road from the rest of the field.[4] Vandoorne was not able to harass the Swiss racer, however, for he would be passed by a lunging di Grassi through turn six early on.[4]

A couple of laps later and the Audi fans were on their feet, for di Grassi sent his car skating past Buemi to claim the lead, again using the inside line at turn six.[4] He duly eased clear over the following laps, while Vandoorne tried, unsuccessfully, to pass Buemi, and duly became vulnerable to Lynn.[4]

Unfortunately for Lynn his move on Vandoorne would prove costly, for the Brit would be mugged by Daniel Abt exiting turn nine having been run wide by the Belgian.[4] Abt duly went on to battle with the Belgian, slotting ahead, while Lynn slipped behind António Félix da Costa.[4]

Indeed, da Costa would briefly be the man to watch, moving through to second using Attack Mode, while Jean-Éric Vergne tried to follow him through.[4] di Grassi, meanwhile, was able to establish a four second lead as those behind him battled, before the race was neutralised by a Full Course Yellow with ten minutes to go.[4]

The cause was Lynn, whose rear-axle had completely locked exiting turn ten with ten minutes to go.[4] Once he was plucked from the circuit the race would resume with five minutes to go, with Buemi and Vergne elbowing their way past da Costa, with energy running out.[4]

With that the race was run, with di Grassi securing a popular home win for Audi and second in the Championship hunt.[4] Buemi, meanwhile, would fend off a final lunge from Vergne to secure second ahead of the Championship leader, while da Costa secured fourth ahead of Vandoorne.[4]

Background

The class of 2018/19 made the annual trip to Berlin for the tenth round of the season, arriving at the familiar sights and sounds of Tempelhof airport.[2] The circuit itself was unchanged, barring the addition of the Attack Mode activation zone, which was set to be placed in the middle sector.[2] Furthermore, the race would feature extensive sponsorship from BMW's "i" division, and serve as the centre piece of the new "Greentech Festival" launched by ex-F1 Champion Nico Rosberg.[5]

A Green Generation

The concept of the Greentech Festival was to highlight the numerous "green" technologies developed since the launch of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, using the international audience of FE to increase awareness.[5] The Festival was was announced by Rosberg, in partnership with Marco Voigt and Sven Krüger, on the 5 February, which revealed that the Greentech Festival would run from the 23-25 May.[5] 50,000 people were expected to visit for the E-Prix itself on the 24 May, with hopes that many would also attend the rest of the Festival's activities.[5]

Monte Carlo Machinations

Jean-Éric Vergne had shot to the top of the Championship after his second victory of the campaign in Monte Carlo, moving onto 87 points with four races to go. That left him a point ahead of teammate André Lotterer after post-race penalties re-jigged the order in Monaco, while Robin Frijns slumped to third and six points off the lead. António Félix da Costa was next, having lost ground after his post-race disqualification, while Lucas di Grassi retained his spot in the top five.

DS Techeetah had extended their lead in the Teams Championship to 38 points after the Monaco E-Prix, with their two drivers atop the Drivers Championship. Envision Virgin were still second, having failed to score, with a similar fate befalling their suppliers Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. Mahindra Racing were next, having gained a little ground on those ahead, while Nissan e.Dams moved into the top five at the expense of BMW Andretti.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2019 Berlin E-Prix is displayed below:

2019 Berlin E-Prix Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05
3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type III
4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05
5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05
6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3
7 Flag of Argentina José María López Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3
8 Flag of France Tom Dillmann Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004
11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE05
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004
17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05
19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type III
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01
23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01
25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18
28 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18
36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19
48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05
64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro
66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE05
94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro
Source:[6]

Practice

FP1

FP2

Qualifying

Qualifying for the Berlin E-Prix would follow the established format, with the field split into four groups based on Championship position.[7] Each group would get six minutes on circuit to allow each driver to set a single full power (250kw) lap, with the fastest six over all proceeding to Super Pole.[7] The drivers in Super Pole would then head out one-by-one to set another flying lap, with the fastest of those starting the race from pole.[7]

Group 1

The opening quintet of the session would see those at the head of the Championship hunt head out onto the circuit, universally bemoaning the fact that they would be cleaning the circuit for the rest of the field.[7] Headlining the quintet would be defending Champion, and current Championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne, although it was his DS Techeetah teammate André Lotterer whom had set the pace in practice.[7] They would be joined by Robin Frijns and Lucas di Grassi in customer and factory Audis respectively, as well as António Félix da Costa in his BMW-Andretti.[7]

Vergne was the first of the group to head out onto the circuit with three minutes to go, although he was passed on his out lap by di Grassi, who had been told by his Audi pitcrew that he was up against it in terms of time.[8] They were followed by Lotterer in the second Techeetah, while Frijns and da Costa sat a bit longer in the pits, instead opting to go straight into the full power laps.[8] They duly headed out half a lap behind the lead group, with Frijns the first driver to start their full power lap with time running out.[8]

Ultimately Frijns put together a poor lap, with a huge twitch turning into turn one costing him a lot of time, hence allowing da Costa to be the early pace setter with a 1:08.013.[8] Next across the line was di Grassi, who delivered a clean effort to beat da Costa's time, recording a 1:07.926, with Vergne slotting in just behind the Portuguese.[8] Lotterer, meanwhile, was told that he had failed to set a flying lap at all, having crossed the line to start his full power lap after the chequered flag had thrown to signal the end of the session.[8]

Group 2

Group two featured the rest of the drivers sat in the top ten of the Championship upon arrival in Berlin, all of whom were still in title contention with four races to go.[7] Headlining the quintet would be new quali-ace Oliver Rowland of Nissan e.Dams, joined on track by compatriot Sam Bird in his Envision Virgin run Audi.[7] The second factory Audi of Daniel Abt would also head out in the second group, as would Mitch Evans' Jaguar, and Jérôme d'Ambrosio in the increasingly off-pace Mahindra.[7]

Evans was the first to venture out onto the circuit for the second group, although he was passed on his way out of the pits by Rowland, with everyone opting to complete a warm-up lap.[8] Rowland was therefore the first to set a flying lap, with an excellent first sector ultimately giving way to a poor second sector, leaving him in fourth at the end of his run.[8] Evans, meanwhile, would scupper his hopes of Super Pole by running wide through the first corner, ending up in fifth, before being displaced himself by Bird a few moments later.[8]

Next across the line was d'Ambrosio, whose low-key run would leave the Belgian in fourth on a 1:08.065, before Abt set the best time of the group as he went second fastest, a fraction slower than teammate di Grassi.[8]

Group 3

Into the first sextet of the day and the standout name was Sébastien Buemi, who arrived in Germany still holding the record for most pole positions as he looked to kick-start a late-season run for the Championship.[7] He was joined by home racer Pascal Wehrlein in the second Mahindra, as well as fellow ex-F1 racers Felipe Massa and Stoffel Vandoorne in their factory and customer run Venturis.[7] Completing the group would be the second factory Venturi of Edoardo Mortara, as well as the second of the BMW-Andrettis of Alexander Sims, who hoped to aid his teammate's bid for the crown with a strong qualifying run.[7]

Sims was the first of the group to venture onto the circuit, and would take the very unusual approach of leaving the pits right as the session began, hoping to benefit from any residual heat left in the tarmac from the previous group.[8] Furthermore, the Brit would also opt to go straight into his flying lap rather than complete a warm-up, with Sims duly delivering the fastest first and second sectors of the session to go fastest overall.[8] There was then a small wait for the rest of the group to complete their laps, lead across the line by Mortara, whose pace faded badly across his effort to leave him in ninth.[8]

Third out of the pits would be Buemi, who duly slotted into third with a clean effort leaving him fastest overall with an excellent run through the third sector.[8] He was followed by Wehrlein, although the German was only able to grab eighth, before Vandoorne lit up the timing screen to go fastest, albeit by just 0.006s.[8] Last across the line, meanwhile, would be Massa, with a brush against the wall exiting turn seven condemning him to fourteenth at the end of his run.[8]

Group 4

The final group of the session featured the bottom six drivers in the Championship, who would have the advantage of track evolution if nothing else ahead of their run.[7] Arguably the largest threats to Super Pole were the two GEOX DRAGONs of José María López and Maximilian Günther, although Gary Paffett had show some pace during practice at the wheel of his HWA.[7] They would be joined by Alex Lynn, who again was a potential threat for those bidding for Super Pole, as well as the two off-pace NIOs of Tom Dillmann and Oliver Turvey.[7]

Dillmann was the first to head out with a little over half of the session still to run, with all six drivers opting to complete a warm-up lap rather than go straight for a full-power run.[8] The Frenchman duly delivered a clean effort to go thirteenth overall, moments before Evans swept across the line to go fourth overall, knocking da Costa out of Super Pole with an excellent final sector.[8] Turvey was next but could only just edge-out his teammate Dillmann at the back of the field, while López and Günther were both well off the pace.[8]

Then came Paffett, who duly delivered the best lap of his FE career to get into Super Pole, recording a 1:07.877 to go fourth fastest, knocking Abt out of Super Pole.[8] That concluded the group stages, with the aforementioned Paffett joining Vandoorne, Buemi, Sims, Evans and di Grassi in the shootout for the top six.[8]

Super Pole

First to hit the circuit in Super Pole would be di Grassi, although he seemed to have dented his hopes of claiming pole position with a huge twitch into turn one, costing him time in sector one.[8] However, a brilliant recovery from the Brazilian saw him record two of the fastest second and third fastest sectors of the day to claim a 1:07.719, beating his group stage time by two tenths.[8] Indeed, so strong was the Brazilian's second part of the lap that Lynn, who was a tenth up on di Grassi at the end of the first sector, ultimately fell shy with a 1:07.849, having delivered a very clean lap by comparison.[8]

Next out was Paffett, although a scruffy end to his run ensured that the Brit, who had been up on di Grassi after the second sector, could only get ahead of Lynn with a 1:07.783.[8] He was followed onto the circuit by Sims, who would ultimately make too many mistakes on his run to threaten the Brazilian, mustering a 1:08.017, prompting a particularly big cheer from the Audi-Schaeffler fans opposite the pit-lane.[8] Unfortunately for them di Grassi was to be knocked off of top spot a few moments later, with Buemi blowing everyone out of the water with a stunning lap of 1:07.295, notably using a tighter line than most through the first corner.[8]

That left Vandoorne as the only man who could topple Buemi, who took an entirely different line through turn one that the Swiss ace, but was only a fraction slower through the first sector.[8] However, after keeping pace with Buemi with a clean second sector Vandoorne would push too hard into the hairpins of turns nine and ten, and hence dropped three tenths in the final sector to hand Buemi pole.[8] Regardless, Vandoorne would still get himself on the front row, claiming a 1:07.693.[8]

Post Qualifying

The final qualifying result for the 2019 Berlin E-Prix are outlined below:

2019 Berlin E-Prix Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid Group
1st 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:07.295 1 G3
2nd 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 1:07.693 +0.398s 2 G3
3rd 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:07.719 +0.424s 3 G1
4th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 1:07.783 +0.488s 4 G4
5th 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:07.849 +0.554s 5 G4
6th* 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:08.017 +0.722s 11 G3
Super Pole
1st 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 1:07.619 SP G3
2nd 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:07.625 +0.006s SP G3
3rd 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:07.728 +0.109s SP G3
4th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 1:07.877 +0.258s SP G4
5th 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:07.920 +0.301s SP G4
6th 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:07.926 +0.307s SP G1
7th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:07.953 +0.334s 6 G2
8th 28 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:08.013 +0.394s 7 G1
9th 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah 1:08.046 +0.427s 8 G1
10th 64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:08.065 +0.446s 9 G2
11th 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:08.086 +0.467s 10 G3
12th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:08.119 +0.500s 12 G2
13th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 1:08.182 +0.563s 13 G2
14th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 1:08.203 +0.584s 14 G4
15th 6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 1:08.218 +0.599s 15 G4
16th 48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 1:08.223 +0.604s 16 G3
17th 8 Flag of France Tom Dillmann Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 1:08.263 +0.644s 17 G4
18th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:08.314 +0.695s 18 G2
19th 19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 1:08.348 +0.729s 19 G3
20th 7 Flag of Argentina José María López Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 1:08.720 +1.101s 20 G4
21st 4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 1:08.919 +1.300s 22 G1
22nd 36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China DS Techeetah 1:12.568 +4.949s 21 G1
110% Time: 1:14.380[6]
Source:[6]
  • * Sims was awarded a five place grid penalty for causing a collision in the 2019 Monaco E-Prix.[9]
  • Frijns awarded a five place grid penalty for causing a collision in the 2019 Monaco E-Prix.[9]

Race

It was a fairly cool afternoon in Berlin ahead of the E-Prix, with temperatures hovering around 16°C meaning battery temperatures were not going to be as much of an issue as they usually were.[10] Otherwise, there were no late changes to the grid order ahead of the race, barring the penalties that were awarded after the previous race in Monte Carlo to Alexander Sims and Robin Frijns.[10] Regardless, it was Sébastien Buemi who led the field onto the grid for the start of the race, with Stoffel Vandoorne alongside on the front row.[10]

Report

Buemi would get away off the grid well enough to retain the lead, while Vandoorne had to work hard to keep a fast starting Lucas di Grassi at bay into the first corner.[10] Behind, Alex Lynn tried a similar move on Gary Paffett, only for the Brit to hang on to fourth around the outside of the long left hander, with the rest of the field making it through without issue.[10] Indeed, it would prove to be a very clean opening tour, with Pascal Wehrlein pulling a millimetre perfect dive past Jean-Éric Vergne into turn three for ninth.[10]

The early laps saw André Lotterer drive around the outside of Mitch Evans at the back of the field, although the German would make very little progress after his issues in qualifying.[10] Elsewhere, di Grassi sent his Audi lunging inside Vandoorne at turn six on lap three, with the Belgian simply unable to respond having been right behind Buemi prior to the Brazilian's dive.[10] Indeed, Buemi was not pulling away from the rest of the field during the early stages, something of a surprise given his stunning lap in qualifying.[10]

Lunges into turn six soon proved to be the order of the day, with Lynn forcing Paffett to drive a very defensive line into the corner in his attempts to hold onto fourth.[10] That would, however, compromise the Brit's run to the turn nine hairpin, allowing the #3 Jaguar to get inside the HWA Racelab as they hit the brakes for the said right hander.[10] Paffett was subsequently elbowed out wide and had to jump on the brakes to avoid the outside wall, hence allowing Daniel Abt and António Félix da Costa to move up the order at his expense.[10]

Back with the leaders and di Grassi made his bid for the lead on lap six, chucking his Audi to the inside of Buemi as they hit the brakes for turn six to claim the inside line.[10] Buemi was hence forced to relinquish the lead to the Brazilian, who duly escaped up the road from the Swiss racer to prevent his rival making an immediate comeback.[10] Indeed, it seemed as if Buemi had lost a bit of focus after di Grassi's move, for he almost fell to a half-hearted move by Vandoorne at the very same corner on the following lap.[10]

That was not to last, however, for Vandoorne would slip back into the sights of Lynn on lap eight, who subsequently lunged inside the Belgian into turn nine, an identical move to the one he had pulled on the sister HWA a few laps earlier.[10] However, Vandoorne would get a strong exit from the hairpin and duly seized the inside line for turn ten to ensure that he moved back into third.[10] Unfortunately for Lynn that move would cost him a lot of momentum heading onto the start/finish "straight", allowing Abt to cruise past on the run to the first corner to claim fourth.[10]

Elsewhere, Vergne was on the move with a pass on Paffett into turn six, although the Brit hang on to challenge the Frenchman through turn seven before ultimately relinquishing seventh in turn nine.[10] Felipe Massa, meanwhile, would survive a brush against the wall exiting turn seven while squabbling with Frijns, only to lose out to the Dutchman when he armed Attack Mode on the following lap.[10] The same fate befell Sam Bird a lap later when he armed Attack Mode only to slip behind Massa's teammate Edoardo Mortara, while Oliver Rowland almost fed Wehrlein into the wall as they fought over eighth in turn nine.[10]

Bird would get his revenge on Mortara a few laps later, while Lynn dropped down to fifth behind da Costa when he armed his Attack Mode boost as the race approached half-distance.[10] Bird was on the move again a couple of laps later when he scrambled his way past Wehrlein through turn one, while Abt was the next man to lose out when he armed Attack Mode on lap sixteen, dropping behind both da Costa and Lynn.[10] However, unlike Lynn Abt would carry enough momentum to get back ahead of the Jaguar on the run to turn seven, a move that left Lynn vulnerable to an attack by Vergne into turn nine, although the Brit just kept the defending Champion at bay.[10]

The order at the tail end of the top ten continued to shuffle over the following laps, with Paffett the biggest victim as he lost five places in a single lap.[10] The move that sparked his fall would be made by Rowland, who sent his Nissan e.Dams skating inside the Brit at turn six, leaving Paffett vulnerable to attack from Alexander Sims into turn nine, with the BMW-Andretti duly forcing the HWA off-line into the hairpin, before sweeping past into turn ten.[10] That cost Paffett a lot of momentum down the start/finish straight to gift Bird a run on his compatriot into the first corner, before Wehrlein barged his way at turn three, with the Mahindra also opening the door for Mortara to sneak past Paffett as well.[10]

Sims, meanwhile, would go on to throw a lunge at Rowland into turn six, with the Brit subsequently deciding to arm Attack Mode at the same moment, and hence forfeit the position.[10] Unfortunately for him that decision would also allow Bird to sweep past, although Rowland duly re-passed his compatriot into turn seven with his additional 25 kW of power.[10] Up ahead, Vergne would finally make a move stick on Lynn, as da Costa briefly got ahead of Buemi at the end of lap 22, only for the Swiss ace to use FanBoost to squeeze back ahead of the Portuguese racer into turn one a few moments later.[10]

da Costa duly came under pressure from Vergne a lap later, just managing to hold onto third around the outside of turn six, moments before the race was brought to a brief halt by a Full Course Yellow, thrown to allow Lynn's Jaguar to be removed from the circuit.[10] An axle failure for the Brit while running in fifth had left him stranded on the start/finish straight, meaning outside assistance was required to drag the car to safety.[10] Fortunately it would only take a couple of minutes for the #3 Jaguar to be dragged from the circuit, with everyone arming Attack Mode when the race resumed on lap 27.[10]

The restart itself saw da Costa get a good run on Buemi down the start/finish straight, only to tap the back of the Nissan as they hit the brakes for turn one, fortunately without tipping the Swiss racer into a spin.[10] It did, however, allow Vergne to get right under the Portuguese racer's rear-wing, with a lunge at turn six a few moments later ultimately getting the DS Techeetah into third.[10] The Frenchman subsequently eased away to catch Buemi and di Grassi ahead, while da Costa was left to fend off the attentions of Vandoorne and Abt who both used FanBoost in an attempt to pass the #28 BMW-Andretti into turn one, but to no avail.[10]

Onto the final lap and Vergne was on the tail of Buemi, who had developed some serious energy concerns in the closing stages resulting in him needing to conserve energy, rather than push on and harass di Grassi.[10] The resulting lunge from Vergne came at turn six, although the Frenchman was simply too far back, regardless of how much lift-and-coast the Swiss racer had to do, to make the move stick.[10] As such Vergne reluctantly settled for third behind Buemi as, out front, di Grassi swept across the line to claim a popular home victory for Audi.[10]

Result

The final classification of the 2019 Berlin E-Prix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2019 Berlin E-Prix Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 37 47:02.477 1:09.357 26
2nd 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi FanBoosticon Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 37 +1.856s 1:09.806 21
3rd 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah 37 +2.522s 1:09.817 15
4th 28 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa FanBoosticon Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 37 +5.845s 1:10.007 12
5th 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne FanBoosticon Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 37 +6.336s 1:10.184 10
6th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt FanBoosticon Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 37 +6.551s 1:09.431 8
7th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 37 +8.235s 1:09.971 6
8th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 37 +10.781s 1:09.902 4
9th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 37 +13.153s 1:10.035 2
10th 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 37 +14.846s 1:09.543 1
11th 48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 37 +15.377s 1:09.790
12th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 37 +17.688s 1:09.774
13th 4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 37 +21.197s 1:09.522
14th 6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 37 +26.154s 1:10.201
15th 19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa FanBoosticon Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 37 +26.684s 1:10.102
16th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 37 +27.718s 1:10.031
17th 64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing 37 +27.729s 1:10.301
18th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 37 +32.117s 1:10.237
19th 8 Flag of France Tom Dillmann Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 37 +33.706s 1:10.529
20th 7 Flag of Argentina José María López Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 37 +46.895s 1:10.373
Ret 36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China DS Techeetah 28 Battery 1:10.931
Ret 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 23 Axle 1:11.008
Source:[6]
  • FanBoosticon Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.

Milestones

Standings

Jean-Éric Vergne retained the lead in the Championship after climbing to third in the Berlin race, and even managed to extend his lead to six points. Race winner Lucas di Grassi, meanwhile, would emerge as the Frenchman's closest challenger, with ten points between himself and André Lotterer in third. Elsewhere, António Félix da Costa had retained fourth ahead of Robin Frijns, while Mitch Evans and Daniel Abt slipped further away from the fight in sixth and seventh.

DS Techeetah had seen their lead in the Teams Championship reduced to 25 points, with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler moving into second on home soil. Envision Virgin, meanwhile, had made way for their supplier, slipping to third and 51 points off the lead, while Nissan e.Dams retained fourth. Mahindra Racing completed the top five, while race sponsors BMW retained sixth.

2018/19 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne 102 ◄0
2nd Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 96 ▲3
3rd Flag of Germany André Lotterer 86 ▼1
4th Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa 82 ◄0
5th Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 81 ▼2
6th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 69 ◄0
7th Flag of Germany Daniel Abt 67 ▲2
8th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 65 ▼1
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 63 ▼1
10th Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 61 ▲3
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 56 ▼1
12th Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 52 ▼1
13th Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein 52 ▼1
14th Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa 32 ◄0
15th Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 30 ◄0
16th Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims 24 ◄0
17th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 10 ◄0
18th Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett 8 ◄0
19th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 6 ◄0
20th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 4 ◄0
21st Flag of Argentina José María López 3 ◄0
22nd Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 1 ◄0
2018/19 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of China DS Techeetah 188 ◄0
2nd Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 163 ▲1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 137 ▼1
4th Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 124 ▲1
5th Flag of India Mahindra Racing 117 ▼1
6th Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 106 ◄0
7th Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 84 ◄0
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 74 ◄0
9th Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 38 ◄0
10th Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 13 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 6 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 'BMW i increases ties with Formula E as race title partner in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bmw-i-increases-ties-with-formula-e-as-race-title-partner-in-berlin/, (Accessed 17/04/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 5', info.fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/06/2018), http://info.fiaformulae.com/season-5-calendar/, (Accessed 07/06/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Buemi grabs Julius Baer Pole Position in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/may/qualifying-berlin-2019, (Accessed 25/05/2019)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 'Di Grassi victorious in the battle for Berlin, home race victory for Audi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/may/race-report-berlin-2019, (Accessed 25/05/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Luke Smith, 'Nico Rosberg launches new tech festival ahead of Berlin Formula E race', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 05/02/2019), https://www.crash.net/fe/news/912552/1/rosberg-launches-new-tech-festival-ahead-berlin-fe-race, (Accessed 13/05/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'Round 10 - Berlin ePrix: Results Booklet', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/04_2018-19/13_R10%20Berlin/ABB%20FIA%20Formula%20E%20Championship/66_R10%20Berlin%20Booklet.pdf, (Accessed 25/05/2019)
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 'Pre-Berlin round-up: Tempelhof 'tough on tyres,' Audi face 'impossible challenge' & DS Techeetah on top ', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/05/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/may/pre-race-round-up-berlin-2019, (Accessed 16/07/2019)
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 ABB Formula E, '2019 Berlin E-Prix - Qualifying Live! - ABB FIA Formula E Championship', youtube.com, (YouTube:FIA Formula E, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ1Z5qXX2sQ, (Accessed 16/07/2019)
  9. 9.0 9.1 'Round 9 - Monaco ePRIX: Decision 8', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/05/2019), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/notice-board.html, (Accessed 12/05/2019)
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 10.22 10.23 10.24 10.25 10.26 10.27 10.28 10.29 10.30 10.31 10.32 10.33 10.34 10.35 10.36 10.37 10.38 ABB Formula E, '2019 Berlin E-Prix - FULL RACE! - ABB FIA Formula E Championship', youtube.com, (YouTube: FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFrBhbC3RNo (Accessed 17/07/2019)
2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONHWA RacelabMahindra RacingNIO Formula E TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraNIONissanPenskeVenturi
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE05BMW iFE.18DS E-Tense FE 19Jaguar I-Type IIIMahindra M5ElectroNIO Sport 004Nissan IM01Penske EV-3Venturi VFE 05
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr./Alex Lynn • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
E-Prix
Ad DiriyahMarrakechSantiagoMexico CityHong KongSanyaRomeParisMonacoBerlinBernNew York City INew York City II
Tests
ValenciaAd DiriyahRookie TestMexico City
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