Daniel Abt drove a dominant
race to secure victory in the BMW i Berlin E-Prix in front of his home fans
ahead of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team-mate Lucas di Grassi at Tempelhof
The German led from the front after clinching Julius Baer pole position to pick-up his second win in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after standing on the top step in Mexico City earlier this year.
Not only did Abt collect three extra points for posting the quickest time in qualifying, he earned an additional point for Visa fastest lap - taking the spoils and gathering the maximum amount of points on offer.
For India’s Mahindra Racing
team, it was a challenging day, with Nick Heidfeld finishing in tenth,
collecting one championship point, and Felix Rosenqvist crossing the line in
11th, just missing out on a points scoring position. Felix maintains third
place in the Drivers’ Championship and Mahindra Racing remains in fourth place
in the Constructors’ battle.
Meanwhile, Abt was barely troubled throughout
the race - with only a slow pit-stop causing added pressure from behind when
exiting the pitlane. He lost three seconds compared to his team-mate in the
mid-race car swap, closing the gap to under a second when returning to track.
Di Grassi had to settle for second place and
couldn’t mount a serious challenge against Abt - who crossed the chequered flag
over six seconds down the road and was met with rapturous applause from the
grandstands full of German fans.
It’s only the second one-two
finish in the history of Formula E, with TECHEETAH the only other team to
manage the feat in Santiago earlier this season. Now Audi can add their name to
the list - and even sweeter for it to come on home soil.
The German outfit has vaulted up the table and
now sits second in the team standings in a bid to chase down TECHEETAH as the
championship approaches its climax.
2018 BMW I
BERLIN E-PRIX (RD 9)
1 - Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler,
2 - Lucas di Grassi, Audi
Sport ABT Schaeffler, +6.758s (18)
3 - Jean-Eric Vergne,
TECHEETAH, +12.894s (15)
4 - Sebastien Buemi, Renault
e.dams, +17.282s (12)
5 - Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula
E Team, +19.620s (10)
6 - Mitch Evans, Panasonic
Jaguar Racing, +24.586s (8)
7 - Sam Bird, DS Virgin
Racing, +34.610s (6)
8 - Maro Engel, Venturi
Formula E Team, +37.814s (4)
9 - Andre Lotterer, TECHEETAH,
10 - Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra
Racing, +45.931s (1)
11 - Felix Rosenqvist,
Mahindra Racing, +46.381s
12 - Nelson Piquet Jr,
Panasonic Jaguar Racing, +49.087s
13 - Tom Dillmann, Venturi
Formula E Team, +50.150s
14 - Nico Prost, Renault
15 - Antonio Felix da Costa,
Andretti Formula E, +52.715s
16 - Alex Lynn, DS Virgin
17 - Luca Filippi, NIO Formula
E Team, +53.302s
18 - Jose Maria Lopez, DRAGON,
19 - Jerome D’Ambrosio,
20 - Stephane Sarrazin,
Andretti Formula E, +1:06:954s
Jean-Eric Vergne, TECHEETAH -
Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing -
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT
Schaeffler - 85
Sebastien Buemi, Renault
e.dams - 82
TECHEETAH - 205
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler -
DS Virgin Racing - 139
Racing - 108
Panasonic Jaguar Racing - 96
Renault e.dams - 89
Venturi Formula E Team - 56
NIO Formula E Team - 45
DRAGON - 26
Andretti Formula E - 20
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