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Formula E- Rounds 7&8: Barmy Berlin

Formula E arrived in Berlin this weekend for an earlier than usual Tempelhof airport double header. What was served up over the two days of competition was the traditional pure chaos we expect from the championship.

Podium BIRD Sam (gbr), Jaguar TCS Racing, Spark-Jaguar, Jaguar I – Time 6, portrait EVANS Mitch (nzl), Jaguar TCS Racing, Spark-Jaguar, Jaguar I – Time 6, portrait GUNTHER Maximilian (ger), Maserati MSG Racing, Spark-Venturi, portrait during the 2023 Berlin ePrix, 6th meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit from April 21 to 23, 2023 in Berlin, Germany – Photo: Joao Filipe/DPPI/LiveMedia & Podium: CASSIDY Nick (nzl), Envision Racing, Spark-Jaguar, Jaguar I – Time 6, DENNIS Jake (gbr), Avalanche Andretti Formula E, Spark-Porsche, Porsche 99X Electric, VERGNE Jean-Eric (fra), DS Penske Formula E Team, Spark-DS, DS E-Tense FE23, portrait during the 2023 Berlin ePrix, 6th meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit from April 21 to 23, 2023 in Berlin, Germany – Photo: Florent Gooden/DPPI/LiveMedia 
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Day one’s practice sessions were subdued affairs with your standard basic running and initial weekend prep, practice one and practice two were topped by the DS Penske of Stoffel Vandoorne and Maxi Gunther respectively.

However, practice three was not a normal affair due to morning rain in Berlin however the result was pretty normal with the Jaguar of Mitch Evans taking top spot on the time sheets.


Day one’s qualifying took place early on Saturday morning with the result as follows:

Group A’s four qualifiers were Stoffel Vandoorne, Sebastian Buemi, Nick Cassidy and Sergio Sette Camara.

Group B’s qualifiers were Sam Bird, Maxi Gunther, Dan Ticktum and Jake Dennis.

Therefore, the Knockouts were Buemi v Cassidy, Vandoorne v Camara, Ticktum v Gunther and Bird V Dennis.

This became Buemi v Vandoorne and Ticktum V Bird with Buemi beating Bird in the final to take pole.

Day two’s qualifying was a chaotic-wet affair:

Group A’s four qualifiers were Jean Èric Vergne, Pascal Wehrlein, Nico Muller and Jake Dennis.

Group B’s qualifiers were Buemi, Robin Frijns, Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy.

Therefore, the Knockouts were Muller v Wehrlein, Vergne v Dennis, Buemi v Cassidy and Evans v Frijns.

This became Muller v Vergne and Frjins v Buemi this became surprisingly Muller v Frijns with perennial backmarkers ABT Cupra taking a front row grid lockout.

The Races

Both races were overtake fests with a combined 362 overtakes over both 40 lap races. This was mainly due to the unnatural high energy consuming nature of the Berlin track. This turned the race into a peloton with no one wanting to lead the races until the last few laps.

Race one’s winner was Evans followed by Bird for a Jaguar one two and race two’s winner was Nick Cassidy who is now seen as a championship contender for Envision Racing.

Apart from the winners both races were full of accidents with drivers such as Ticktum and Vandoorne failing to finish race one and drivers such as Andre Lotterer having to pit in race 2 due to large accidents. It also must be said the start of race two was delayed by protestors who were swiftly removed.


Race one

19 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing4355’10.391110.125
210 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing4355’12.2411.8501.850110.118
37 Mitch Evans Maserati Racing4355’13.1292.7380.888110.015
416 Sébastien Buemi Envision Racing4355’13.2402.8490.111110.015
537 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing4355’15.1784.7871.938110.010
694 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche Team4355’19.5029.1114.324109.88
725 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Penske4355’19.5829.1910.080109.86
836 Andre Lotterer Andretti Autosport4355’19.8959.5040.313109.85
948 Edoardo Mortara Maserati Racing4355’20.55010.1590.655109.82
108 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing4355’20.69910.3080.149109.81
1111 Lucas di Grassi Mahindra Racing4355’29.84019.4499.141109.5
1223 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan e.dams4355’31.94021.5492.100109.4
1317 Norman Nato Nissan e.dams4355’34.95224.5613.012109.3
144 Robin Frijns Team Abt4355’36.01825.6271.066109.3
1551 Nico Müller Team Abt4355’37.97127.5801.953109.2
163 Sergio Sette Camara NIO Formula E Team4355’45.23834.8477.267109.0
1758 René Rast McLaren4256’00.5911 Lap1 Lap106.0
1827 Jake Dennis Andretti Autosport3856’18.9835 Laps4 Laps95.3
13 Antonio Felix da Costa Porsche Team3040’27.36913 Laps8 LapsRetirement
5 Jake Hughes McLaren1924’27.57924 Laps11 LapsRetirement
1 Stoffel Vandoorne DS Penske1924’27.01224 LapsRetirement
33 Dan Ticktum NIO Formula E Team1924’26.65324 LapsRetirement

Race two

137 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing4046’34.50925
227 Jake Dennis Andretti Autosport4046’34.9510.4420.44218
325 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Penske4046’35.8011.2920.85015
49 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing4046’36.2781.7690.47712
513 Antonio Felix da Costa Porsche Team4046’36.9692.4600.69110
67 Maximilian Gunther Maserati Racing4046’37.4902.9810.5219
794 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche Team4046’38.0543.5450.5646
81 Stoffel Vandoorne DS Penske4046’39.3604.8511.3064
951 Nico Müller Team Abt4046’41.1216.6121.7612
1033 Dan Ticktum NIO Formula E Team4046’42.3317.8221.2101
1123 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan e.dams4046’43.9709.4611.639
1211 Lucas di Grassi Mahindra Racing4046’43.9719.4620.001
1358 René Rast McLaren4046’44.1879.6780.216
148 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing4046’46.28911.7802.102
153 Sergio Sette Camara NIO Formula E Team4046’48.19613.6871.907
1617 Norman Nato Nissan e.dams4046’48.25813.7490.062
174 Robin Frijns Team Abt4046’57.44622.9379.1883
185 Jake Hughes McLaren4047’04.08929.5806.643
1910 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing4047’08.89034.3814.801
2016 Sébastien Buemi Envision Racing4047’38.0411’03.53229.151
2136 Andre Lotterer Andretti Autosport4047’38.6111’04.1020.570
2248 Edoardo Mortara Maserati Racing3744’18.0773 Laps3 Laps

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