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.
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.
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.
|1||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||40||46’34.509||25|
|2||27||Jake Dennis||Andretti Autosport||40||46’34.951||0.442||0.442||18|
|3||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Penske||40||46’35.801||1.292||0.850||15|
|4||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||40||46’36.278||1.769||0.477||12|
|5||13||Antonio Felix da Costa||Porsche Team||40||46’36.969||2.460||0.691||10|
|6||7||Maximilian Gunther||Maserati Racing||40||46’37.490||2.981||0.521||9|
|7||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Team||40||46’38.054||3.545||0.564||6|
|8||1||Stoffel Vandoorne||DS Penske||40||46’39.360||4.851||1.306||4|
|9||51||Nico Müller||Team Abt||40||46’41.121||6.612||1.761||2|
|10||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO Formula E Team||40||46’42.331||7.822||1.210||1|
|11||23||Sacha Fenestraz||Nissan e.dams||40||46’43.970||9.461||1.639|
|12||11||Lucas di Grassi||Mahindra Racing||40||46’43.971||9.462||0.001|
|14||8||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||40||46’46.289||11.780||2.102|
|15||3||Sergio Sette Camara||NIO Formula E Team||40||46’48.196||13.687||1.907|
|16||17||Norman Nato||Nissan e.dams||40||46’48.258||13.749||0.062|
|17||4||Robin Frijns||Team Abt||40||46’57.446||22.937||9.188||3|
|19||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||40||47’08.890||34.381||4.801|
|20||16||Sébastien Buemi||Envision Racing||40||47’38.041||1’03.532||29.151|
|21||36||Andre Lotterer||Andretti Autosport||40||47’38.611||1’04.102||0.570|
|22||48||Edoardo Mortara||Maserati Racing||37||44’18.077||3 Laps||3 Laps|
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