Berlin EPrix 2019 – Racingblog

Berlin EPrix 2019 - Racingblog

Lucas di Grassi won the Berlin EPrix 2019. In a sovereign race, he prevailed against his long-time rival Sebastian Buemi and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

On the grounds of the old Tempelhof airport, the disadvantage of the first qualifying group did not seem to be as great as usual. Di Grassi even made it to the Super Pole Shootout. For Andre Lotterer, however, it was a time trial to forget. He could not make it over the start finish line in time for his fast lap and therefore had to start the race from the very back. On the broad EPrix track overtaking should be at least easier than typical city courses on the FE. Buemi secured first place in the Superpole ahead of Vandoorne and di Grassi.

At the start, there were no changes in position among the first 8 drivers. Further back there were one or the other overtaking maneuvers. Lotterer found himself in 16th place after the first two laps. By contrast, former championship leader Jerome d'Ambrosio was down six places. Di Grassi soon set his ambitions open at the start of the race. After 4 minutes he grabbed the second place from Vandoorne and three minutes later he could take the lead from Buemi. As a result, the Audi driver sat down directly for a few seconds.

Gary Paffet, who had started sensationally in fourth place, was only in the back of the race. He did not seem to be able to keep up with the pace of the leading group right from the start and lost position by square. Around the half of the race, the first Attack Mode phase was heralded. The zone was placed outside in the sweeping curve 6. The drivers therefore lost some time to activate the mode. In the top group, JEV (7th place) was the first to use Extra Power. He had set enough distance on the slow Paffet and could activate the attack mode safely. In order not to get under pressure from Vergne, the drivers in front of him, one by one, also fetched the additional 25 KW. For Antonio Felix Da Costa started such a furious intermediate sprint. The BMW driver overtook Lynn and a lap later Daniel Abt as they set their Attack Mode. Lying in fourth place, he grabbed within a few corners of Vandoorne and Buemi. In three minutes, the Portuguese made an impressive 5 places and was in second place.

In the last third of the race Jean-Eric Vergne really started. One by one, he grabbed the placings of Lynn, Abbot and Vandoorne. Buemi was also able to counter and retake the second rank of Da Costa. 14 minutes from time, there was a Full Course Yellow because Alexander Lynn had dropped out and parked his car on the track. With 9 minutes of racing time it went on again. Di Grassi had set himself a little further and drove unhindered his second win of the season. Vergne overtook Da Costa after the restart. The DS Techeetah had even 2% more energy than the rest of the top group. Nevertheless, JEV could no longer launch an attack on Buemi. Also Da Costa, Vandoorne and Abt did not make it a position to do well.

In the championship, three races before the end of the season, the favorites slowly emerge. Techeetah (188) and Audi (163) left something behind Virgin (137) and Co. And even in the drivers' standings it seems to amount to a duel between the two teams. Vergne (102) and di Grassi (96) have built up a small cushion in front of Vergne's team-mates Lotterer (86) and da Costa (82). Nevertheless, everything can happen in the remaining three races. In less than a month, on 22.06, the Formula E continues with the eleventh race of the season on the new course in Bern.

(Images: Formula E Media)

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