Berlin Formula E: Buemi inherits win after Rosenqvist penalised

Sebastien Buemi won the second of Formula E's two Berlin races after Felix Rosenqvist missed out on a double victory because of a pitstop error

Berlin Formula E: Buemi inherits win after Rosenqvist penalised

Rosenqvist finished first on the road, 2.9s clear of of Buemi, but picked up a 10-second time penalty for an unsafe release during the car swaps involving his own Mahindra team-mate Nick Heidfeld.

While the Swedish driver lost out to Buemi, he maintained enough of a gap over Lucas di Grassi to finish second.

Rosenqvist led the race from beginning to end, after a dynamite start launched him into a two-second lead on the first lap.

Buemi regrouped after fending off DS Virgin Racing drivers Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird and closed to half a second of Rosenqvist by the penultimate lap of the first stint.

A strong in-lap from Rosenqvist doubled his advantage but he almost hit disaster - and the pitting Heidfeld - when he pulled away in his second car as his team-mate came into the garage.

Rosenqvist was very briefly delayed but his in-lap had boosted his buffer to Buemi by just enough to retain the lead, although a penalty for an unsafe release seemed inevitable.

The penalty was confirmed with 13 laps remaining and Buemi, who was within a second of the leader, was happy not to attack so that Rosenqvist could maintain a big enough gap to keep second.

That restricted Buemi's title rival di Grassi to third and meant the Swiss, who was disqualified from Saturday's race, extended his points lead to 32 points.

"As soon as I saw Felix was going to get a penalty I thought I would not put any pressure on him so he would finish ahead of Lucas," said Buemi.

"It was a bit on a plate but I'm very happy."

Asked about the pitlane mix-up after the race Rosenqvist, who is now third in the drivers' championship, said "you cannot really blame anyone".

Di Grassi ended up a lonely third after an understated but professional drive up the order from seventh.

Having passed Oliver Turvey early on di Grassi then benefitted from Bird getting nudged wide by Lopez at Turn 1 after trying to pass his team-mate round the outside.

Di Grassi nailed Lopez at Turn 8 a couple of laps later, then sold Jean-Eric Vergne a superb dummy into Turn 1 in the second stint to seal third.

Vergne dropped behind Daniel Abt and Lopez over the remainder of the race to wind up sixth, ahead of a frustrated Bird and muted Nico Prost.

Oliver Turvey and a charging Nick Heidfeld, who started last, completed the points finishers after ninth-placed runner Jerome d'Ambrosio picked up a drivethrough penalty for not adhering to the minimum pitstop time.

Mitch Evans had looked set to add to Jaguar's points tally but finished 17th of the 18th runners at the flag after a problem with his car swap.

RACE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 56m02.155s
2 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 56m09.350s
3 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 56m13.017s
4 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 56m15.786s
5 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin DS Virgin 56m22.479s
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 56m22.906s
7 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 56m24.114s
8 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 56m24.310s
9 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 56m37.104s
10 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 56m37.969s
11 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 56m46.212s
12 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 56m46.594s
13 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 56m49.491s
14 Stephane Sarrazin Techeetah Renault 56m53.808s
15 Tom Dillmann Venturi Venturi 56m59.132s
16 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 57m07.581s
17 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 57m09.173s
18 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 57m14.238s
- Loic Duval Dragon Penske 54m57.316s
- Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 56m56.347s

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastien Buemi 157
2 Lucas di Grassi 125
3 Felix Rosenqvist 86
4 Nicolas Prost 72
5 Nick Heidfeld 63
6 Jean-Eric Vergne 52
7 Jose Maria Lopez 50
8 Sam Bird 47
9 Daniel Abt 46
10 Nelson Piquet Jr. 33
11 Oliver Turvey 18
12 Mitch Evans 16
13 Robin Frijns 16
14 Maro Engel 15
15 Antonio Felix da Costa 10
16 Jerome d'Ambrosio 10
17 Loic Duval 9
18 Esteban Gutierrez 5
19 Adam Carroll 4
20 Tom Dillmann 4
21 Stephane Sarrazin 2


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