Formula E Berlin: Abt takes dominant home win for Audi 1-2

Daniel Abt converted pole into a dominant win in Berlin ahead of his team-mate Lucas di Grassi, as Audi became the second Formula E team to secure a one-two result

Formula E Berlin: Abt takes dominant home win for Audi 1-2

Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne extended his championship lead with third place, while his closest title rival Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) finished seventh.

At the start, Abt comfortably led away from pole as his fellow front row-starter Oliver Turvey had to defend hard from Vergne on the run to the near-circular Turns 1-2 complex.

Jerome D'Ambrosio made a late move to the outside to jump ahead of Vergne from fourth on the grid and ran third in the opening laps before being shuffled down the order throughout the race.

Abt began to pull clear of Turvey as di Grassi passed D'Ambrosio and charged after the top three.

Di Grassi passed Vergne and Turvey with successive late lunges down the inside of the Turn 6 hairpin on laps 11 and 12 of the 45-lap race - with Buemi making his way by the championship leader to take fourth with his own dive down the inside of the Turn 9 hairpin moments after di Grassi's move.

By this stage, Abt had built up a 3.9s lead at the head of the race, which he managed for the rest of the first stint.

Turvey was the first of the leaders to pit on lap 22, with the Audi drivers, Buemi and Vergne coming in one tour later.

It was here that Abt's chances of winning looked most perilous as he was forced to wait for Buemi to enter his pitbox before he could return to the track, which allowed di Grassi to cut his lead to 0.6s.

It looked as though the reigning champion would mount a challenge for the win, but Abt was able to re-establish his lead and pulled away from di Grassi throughout the second stint, setting the fastest lap on lap 26 to take maximum points from his home race.

Abt came home 6.758s clear to take his second FE win after his Mexico City triumph earlier in season four.

Vergne, who had barged his way by Buemi at Turn 1 just before the pitstops, battled his way back to third after losing out to the Renault e.dams driver during the car swap sequence.

The duo erased a 6.8s gap to Turvey in the first half of the second stint, with Buemi passing the NIO driver with a late move at the final corner on lap 33, with Vergne following him through.

Vergne then attacked Buemi at the Turn 6 hairpin on the next tour, seizing the advantage with a late switch to the inside to seal the final podium spot.

Buemi finished fourth ahead of Turvey and Jaguar's Mitch Evans and Bird, who rose from ninth and 10th on the grid respectively.

Bird's result means Vergne's lead is up to 40 points with three races of the season remaining.

Maro Engel claimed eighth for Venturi as Andre Lotterer, who started last and had to serve a 10-second penalty at his pitstop, and Nick Heidfeld took advantage of a late multi-car scrap involving Nelson Piquet Jr and Jose Maria Lopez - which left them 12th and 18th - to round out the top 10.

Felix Rosenqvist finished 11th after running very wide at the first corner on the opening lap as he went a long way to the outside of the leaders.

The Mahindra Racing driver, third in the standings, nearly spun onto the run-off at the exit of the long left-hander but kept his car out of the barriers.

He battled his way back up the order but has now fallen to 76 points behind Vergne in the standings.

D'Ambrosio eventually came home 19th for Dragon.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Daniel Abt Audi Audi 45 55m35.546s
2 Lucas di Grassi Audi Audi 45 6.758s
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 45 12.894s
4 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 45 17.282s
5 Oliver Turvey NIO NextEV NIO 45 19.620s
6 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 45 24.586s
7 Sam Bird Virgin DS Virgin 45 34.610s
8 Maro Engel Venturi Venturi 45 37.814s
9 Andre Lotterer Techeetah Renault 45 44.359s
10 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 45 45.931s
11 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 45 46.381s
12 Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Jaguar 45 49.087s
13 Tom Dillmann Venturi Venturi 45 50.150s
14 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 45 50.381s
15 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti 45 52.715s
16 Alex Lynn Virgin DS Virgin 45 53.000s
17 Luca Filippi NIO NextEV NIO 45 53.302s
18 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Penske 45 53.611s
19 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 45 54.289s
20 Stephane Sarrazin Andretti Andretti 45 1m06.954s

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Jean-Eric Vergne 162
2 Sam Bird 122
3 Felix Rosenqvist 86
4 Daniel Abt 85
5 Sebastien Buemi 82
6 Lucas di Grassi 76
7 Mitch Evans 51
8 Nelson Piquet Jr. 45
9 Oliver Turvey 44
10 Andre Lotterer 43


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