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Formula E Berlin ePrix I

Berlin E-Prix: Cassidy regains Formula E points lead after superb victory

Nick Cassidy put in a superb under-the-radar drive to claim a crushing victory in the Berlin E-Prix that has launched the Jaguar driver back to the top of the championship.

Nick Cassidy, Jaguar TCS Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 6, Kelvin van der Linde, ABT CUPRA Formula E Team, M9Electro

The Kiwi romped to a 4.6s win having only taken the lead of the 46-lap race – extended by six laps due to two safety car periods – for the first time just four laps from the end having started down in ninth.

Cassidy went into energy conservation mode at the Tempelhof Airport circuit immediately, which was using a new layout this year, and dropped towards the back of the field where he remained for much of the race.

Only in the final laps did he move to the front to claim his second win of the season as he headed home Jean-Eric Vergne and Oliver Rowland after a typically frenetic Formula E race.

Having covered off the inside into the opening turn, polesitter Edoardo Mortara maintained his advantage from pole for the opening two laps before conceding the position at the start of lap three after taking his first Attack Mode activation at the earliest opportunity.

Across the opening 10 laps several drivers took turns to lead the field including both DS Penske’s of Stoffel Vandoorne and Vergne, as well as Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein before cycling back into the pack as they too took their first Attack Modes.

A full course yellow and safety car was called on lap 10 after Joel Eriksson, substituting for Robin Frijns in Berlin, came to a halt on track aboard his Envision.

With the stranded machine recovered the safety car period was extended further as race control called for changes of position to be made under the caution, the close pack racing having caused the wrong order to be formed when the yellow was first deployed.

Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing , Jaguar I-TYPE 6

Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing , Jaguar I-TYPE 6

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Once racing finally resumed on lap 17, Vergne headed the pack from Wehrlein, Vandoorne, Mortara and the second Porsche of Antonio Felix da Costa who, along with Mitch Evans, had yet to take either Attack Mode at this stage.

As before the manic racing continued, with drivers running three-wide at points with Monaco winner Evans moving to the front for the first time on lap 19 before pulling a small gap to go offline to take Attack Mode on the following tour.

But the Kiwi failed to activate it which would have ramifications later in proceedings as the rest of the field had completed both Attack Modes approaching the halfway point of the race.

Maserati MSG’s Maximilian Guenther had started to challenge towards the front but was shuffled back in the pack which ultimately left him in the wall on the exit of Turn 9 to cause the second full caution.

Prior to the second safety car, which was called after the field had already passed Guenther’s stranded machine at racing speeds, Evans had hit the front again in an effort to build a gap to take his second Attack Mode.

When racing resumed on lap 34, Evans was immediately swamped by the chasing cars which were headed by Wehrlein and Rowland.

Having dropped down several places but now armed with extra power, Evans moved back to the front and held the position for three laps.

Edoardo Mortara, Mahindra Racing, Mahindra M9Electro, Stoffel Vandoorne, DS Penske, DS E-Tense FE23, Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Penske, DS E-Tense FE23, Sergio Sette Camara, ERT Formula E Team, ERT X24, the rest of the field at the start

Edoardo Mortara, Mahindra Racing, Mahindra M9Electro, Stoffel Vandoorne, DS Penske, DS E-Tense FE23, Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Penske, DS E-Tense FE23, Sergio Sette Camara, ERT Formula E Team, ERT X24, the rest of the field at the start

Photo by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images

Vergne then moved back to the front and looked to be in prime position for his first win this year, but the extra energy saved by Cassidy allowed him to easily swoop into the lead at the Turn 6/7 hairpin and disappear.

Over the final three laps Vergne just held on from Rowland, as Evans finished in fourth ahead of Wehrlein and da Costa.

Like Cassidy, reigning champion Jake Dennis had conserved energy in the opening stages and was challenging towards the front, but a puncture dropped him out of contention.

Vandoorne claimed seventh ahead of polesitter Mortara and the second Nissan of Sacha Fenestraz, who finished minus his front wing.

Completing the top 10 was McLaren's Taylor Barnard, who took his first Formula E point on his second start having had to pit for a new front wing earlier in the race.

Formula E Berlin E-Prix - Race results

   
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Cla Driver # Laps Time Interval km/h Points Retirement
1 New Zealand N. Cassidy Jaguar Racing 37 46

1:01'54.939

       
2 France J. Vergne DS Penske 25 46

+4.651

1:01'59.590

4.651      
3 United Kingdom O. Rowland Nissan e.Dams 22 46

+4.915

1:01'59.854

0.264      
4 New Zealand M. Evans Jaguar Racing 9 46

+5.340

1:02'00.279

0.425      
5 Germany P. Wehrlein Porsche Team 94 46

+5.631

1:02'00.570

0.291      
6 Portugal A. Felix da Costa Porsche Team 13 46

+5.760

1:02'00.699

0.129      
7 Belgium S. Vandoorne DS Penske 2 46

+6.363

1:02'01.302

0.603      
8 Switzerland E. Mortara Mahindra Racing 48 46

+7.221

1:02'02.160

0.858      
9 France S. Fenestraz Nissan e.Dams 23 46

+9.592

1:02'04.531

2.371      
10
T. Barnard McLaren
8 46

+9.644

1:02'04.583

0.052      
11 South Africa K. van der Linde Team Abt 51 46

+10.133

1:02'05.072

0.489      
12 United Kingdom J. King Mahindra Racing 21 46

+10.427

1:02'05.366

0.294      
13
P. Aron Envision Racing
16 46

+11.598

1:02'06.537

1.171      
14 United Kingdom D. Ticktum ERT Formula E Team 33 46

+18.270

1:02'13.209

6.672      
15 United Kingdom J. Hughes McLaren 5 46

+55.538

1:02'50.477

37.268      
16 Brazil S. Sette Camara ERT Formula E Team 3 45

+1 Lap

1:01'56.396

1 Lap      
17 India J. Daruvala Maserati Racing 18 45

+1 Lap

1:02'08.199

11.803      
18 France N. Nato Andretti Formula E 17 45

+1 Lap

1:02'13.884

5.685      
dnf United Kingdom J. Dennis Andretti Formula E 1 38

+8 Laps

54'14.068

7 Laps     Retirement
dnf Germany M. Gunther Maserati Racing 7 28

+18 Laps

37'11.011

10 Laps     Retirement
dnf Brazil L. di Grassi Team Abt 11 20

+26 Laps

28'16.106

8 Laps     Retirement
dnf Sweden J. Eriksson Envision Racing 4 9

+37 Laps

10'11.354

11 Laps     Retirement

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