Championship leader Buemi disqualified from Berlin Formula E opener

Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi has been disqualified from the first Berlin race

Championship leader Buemi disqualified from Berlin Formula E opener

The Renault e.dams driver charged from 14th to fifth in the first half of the Tempelhof double-header.

Post-race checks then revealed that all four tyres on both of his cars were below the minimum pressure stipulated by tyre supplier Michelin.

Minimum tyre pressure was set at 1.60 bar - the tyres on Buemi's first car came in at 1.46, 1.57, 1.54 and 1.52 bar respectively, while on the second car the pressures were 1.54, 1.54, 1.59 and 1.53 bar.

This breached Article 25.11 of Formula E's sporting regulations and Buemi has been disqualified as a result.

"It was a mistake from our side that cost us greatly," said team co-owner Alain Prost.

"It is our duty to do better in tomorrow's ePrix for the team and obviously to keep Sebastien in the championship battle."

Buemi said: "Obviously, I am very disappointed today.

"After a poor qualifying, I did a great race to finish in fifth position and score the maximum points I could.

"However, despite the disappointment, I remain focused to do another great race tomorrow and come back even stronger."

Buemi's exclusion cuts his championship lead from 32 points to 22, after nearest rival Lucas di Grassi qualified on pole position and finished second.

It also promotes Nico Prost to fifth in the race results and elevates Daniel Abt, Sam Bird, Jean-Eric Vergne, Maro Engel and (into the points) Oliver Turvey.

Renault e.dams maintains a healthy lead in the teams' championship, although its advantage over Abt Audi Sport drops from 66 points to 54.

Pos Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra 44 53m19.661s -
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt 44 53m21.893s 2.232s
3 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 44 53m23.719s 4.058s
4 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin 44 53m33.299s 13.638s
5 Nicolas Prost e.dams 44 53m38.729s 19.068s
6 Daniel Abt Abt 44 53m39.460s 19.799s
7 Sam Bird Virgin 44 53m39.726s 20.065s
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 44 53m40.350s 20.689s
9 Maro Engel Venturi 44 53m58.691s 39.030s
10 Oliver Turvey NextEV 44 54m00.646s 40.985s
11 Stephane Sarrazin Techeetah 44 54m02.343s 42.682s
12 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV 44 54m02.641s 42.980s
13 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 44 54m05.373s 45.712s
14 Adam Carroll Jaguar 44 54m09.319s 49.658s
15 Loic Duval Dragon 44 54m18.671s 59.010s
16 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti 44 54m19.930s 1m00.269s
17 Robin Frijns Andretti 44 54m22.124s 1m02.463s
18 Tom Dillmann Venturi 44 54m27.356s 1m07.695s
- Sebastien Buemi e.dams 44 53m37.549s Disqualified
- Mitch Evans Jaguar 16 51m46.210s Not classified


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