It was an unfortunate second
race for Mahindra Racing as winner of the first race in Berlin eprix Felix
Rosenqvist had to be content with just the second place (a result of a pit stop
confusion), while another Mahindra Racing podium entry Nick Heidfeld was placed
tenth. Sebastien Buemi of Renault e.dams
extended his lead in the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship to 32 points after
picking up his 12th career win in the all-electric single-seater series.
Lucas Di Grassi
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Jose Maria Lopez
DS Virgin Racing
Antonio Felix Da Costa
Andretti Formula E
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Faraday Future Dragon Racing
Venturi Formula E
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
However, the Renault e.dams
driver was not first across the line around the revamped Tempelhofring airfield
circuit, but when on-the-road winner Felix Rosenqvist was given a 10-second
penalty for an unsafe release in the pits, he was there to pick up the pieces. Buemi was handed the winner’s trophy by
Formula E super fan James Harmon.
“First of all, congratulations to Felix, I
feel like he’s the one who deserved the victory today,” Buemi said. “ After
taking his maiden win in yesterday’s race, Rosenqvist was once again the man to
beat in Berlin. He converted his Julius Baer pole position into a strong early
lead, and was never really under any direct threat from Buemi.
However, as he left the garage following his
mandatory mid-race car change, his Mahindra team-mate Nick Heidfeld was pitting
for his stop. There was a brief period of confusion as the two red and white
cars tried to avoid contact with each other, but remarkably Rosenqvist
re-joined the race still in the lead.
After reviewing the incident, the race
stewards deemed it to be an unsafe release resulting in a 10-second time penalty.
This removed any chance Rosenqvist had of victory, but such was the leading
duo’s advantage over the rest, he was only demoted to second place.
The third spot went to Lucas di Grassi,
extending his record number of Formula E podiums to 19 from just 29 races. From
seventh on the grid, he drove a battling race, initially passing the NextEV NIO
of Oliver Turvey, before gaining a further place when the DS Virgin Racing
team-mates banged wheels, which sent Sam Bird off the track and into the
The FIA Formula E Championship now moves
Stateside for the first-ever New York City ePrix on July 15 and 16.
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