Berlin Formula E: Lucas di Grassi gives Audi home win

Lucas di Grassi took a home victory for his Audi team in the Berlin E-Prix for his second ABB FIA Formula E win of 2018/19

Berlin Formula E: Lucas di Grassi gives Audi home win

Di Grassi's race-winning move came early on when he dived down the inside of polesitter Sebastien Buemi at the sweeping bend of Turn 6 during the third lap.

The Audi driver then built a gap of over a second to secure back-to-back wins for his team in Berlin, ahead of Buemi.

Buemi was put under varying degrees of pressure throughout the race and was demoted to third behind BMW Andretti's Antonio Felix da Costa until the Nissan driver breezed back into second with the use of fanboost around the mid-distance mark.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne finished third behind Buemi after a late charge through the field, aided by the efficiency of the DS Techeetah package.

Vergne started eighth on the grid but not long after Da Costa and Buemi's battle, scythed his way through the field with moves on Daniel Abt, Stoffel Vandoorne and da Costa helping to seal his podium position.

Da Costa would eventually take fourth ahead of Vandoorne and Abt.

Vandoorne and Abt's battle ran for the majority of the race, with the Audi driver's late final use of attack mode putting the HWA driver under pressure.

Alexander Sims had made it into superpole at Berlin but started 11th following his five-place grid penalty earned in Monaco.

The BMW driver made steady progress to climb into seventh ahead of Oliver Rowland and clear of a frenetic battle for the final points-paying positions.

Rowland took eighth but was warned for a move on Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein after nudging the ex-Formula 1 driver into the outside wall during his overtake.

Wehrlein would finish 10th behind Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird.

HWA's Gary Paffett had secured fourth on the grid in Berlin but progressively fell through the field to finish a disappointing 16th.

Andre Lotterer headed into the race one point behind team-mate and championship leader Vergne but suffered a setback when he pulled into the pits with a suspected battery problem.

Jaguar's Alex Lynn was the only other driver to retire from the race when he reported a rear-axle problem that brought him to a halt on the start/finish line and caused a short full-course yellow period.

Lynn had been impressive early in the race as he battled his way into an early third place over Vandoorne but also earned a warning for an early clash with Paffett.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 37 47m02.477s
2 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Nissan 37 1.856s
3 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS 37 2.522s
4 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW BMW 37 5.845s
5 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Venturi 37 6.336s
6 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 37 6.551s
7 Alexander Sims BMW BMW 37 8.235s
8 Oliver Rowland e.dams Nissan 37 10.781s
9 Sam Bird Virgin Audi 37 13.153s
10 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Mahindra 37 14.846s
11 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Venturi 37 15.377s
12 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 37 17.688s
13 Robin Frijns Virgin Audi 37 21.197s
14 Maximilian Guenther Dragon Penske 37 26.154s
15 Felipe Massa Venturi Venturi 37 26.684s
16 Gary Paffett HWA Venturi 37 27.718s
17 Jerome d'Ambrosio Mahindra Mahindra 37 27.729s
18 Oliver Turvey NIO NIO 37 32.117s
19 Tom Dillmann NIO NIO 37 33.706s
20 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 37 46.895s
- Andre Lotterer DS Techeetah DS 28 Overheating
- Alex Lynn Jaguar Jaguar 23 Axle

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Jean-Eric Vergne 102
2 Lucas di Grassi 96
3 Andre Lotterer 86
4 Antonio Felix da Costa 82
5 Robin Frijns 81
6 Mitch Evans 69
7 Daniel Abt 67
8 Jerome d'Ambrosio 65
9 Oliver Rowland 63
10 Sebastien Buemi 61
11 Sam Bird 56
12 Edoardo Mortara 52
13 Pascal Wehrlein 52
14 Felipe Massa 32
15 Stoffel Vandoorne 30
16 Alexander Sims 24
17 Maximilian Guenther 10
18 Gary Paffett 8
19 Oliver Turvey 6
20 Alex Lynn 4
21 Jose Maria Lopez 3
22 Nelson Piquet Jr. 1
23 Tom Dillmann 0
24 Felipe Nasr 0

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