Brasilian managed to score its second victory this season but failed to overtake the overall lead.
Races with new name on the highest step of the podium are without any doubt over. After Vergne winning his second races of this season in Monaco, same results has now been achieved by Audi driver Lucas di Grassi on today’s race around Berlin’s abandoned airport Templehof, achieving his 10th overall victory in Formula E while also bringing another victory to team ABT Audi on their home territory.
After qualifications, di Grassi was not even in the first row with Julius Baer pole position being taken by ex-formula one driver Sebastien Buemi. Nevertheless, third position on the starting grid caused di Grassi little problems on his way to victory. After initially being stuck behind Stoffel Vandoorne, who had to submit his position to Brazilian driver in turn six, the only obstacle to second victory in this season was Buemi. Interestingly, he managed to overtake him in the same manner only few laps later.
Both drivers then managed to hold their positions up until the end of the race, meaning that Buemi also managed to bring home not only first podium in this season but also Nissan’s first podium in this season. Vandoorne on the other hand had to satisfy with a modest fifth place, being overtaken by Jean-Eric Vergne (who started from eighth position) and also Antonio Felix da Costa. Even more, with Vergne coming in third, he still managed to hold first place in overall scoring.
"An amazing race for Audi. It was a very strategic race with a lot of energy saving and our cars seemed very efficient today, so I am super happy. Before coming into this weekend, I thought that with practice being on a different day on a track, which is not normally very used - so it is dusty - that it would have been pretty much impossible to qualify here and be in this position. It just shows that you have to work hard and do the best we can. Surprises can come and this is a very nice surprise to me," commented overwhelmed di Grassi after the races.
- Lucas di GrassiAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler 47:02.477s (26)
- Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams +1.856s (21)
- Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH +2.522s (15)
- Antonio Felix da Costa BMW i Andretti Motorsport +5.845s (12)
- Stoffel Vandoorne HWA RACELAB +6.336s (10)
- Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +6.551s (8)
- Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport +8.235s (6)
- Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams +10.781s (4)
- Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing +13.153s (2)
- Pascal Wehrlein MAHINDRA RACING +14.846s (1)
- Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH 102
- Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 96
- Andre Lotterer DS TECHEETAH 86
- Antonio Felix da Costa BMW i Andretti Motorsport 82
- Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 81
- Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing 69
- Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 67
- Jerome D’Ambrosio MAHINDRA RACING 65
- Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 63
- Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 61