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Sport Berlin E-Prix: Points leader Da Costa clinches stunning pole position

17:33  05 august  2020
17:33  05 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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a close up of a car: Da Costa clinches pole for opening Berlin E-Prix © LAT Images Da Costa clinches pole for opening Berlin E-Prix

Antonio Felix da Costa scored a critical third Formula E pole position for the first Berlin E-Prix with a stunning lap to beat his DS Techeetah team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

The points leader set the fastest time of the day with a 1m06.799s to pull a clear 0.322s margin over Vergne, who still snared his best qualifying result of the season in second.

Despite missing the Turn 1 apex, da Costa recovered 0.02s in the opening sector and then close to a further two tenths in the second split in a session where his title rivals faltered.

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Andre Lotterer was best of the non-DS Techeetah cars in third, having snatched provisional pole away from Jerome D'Ambrosio in the early stages of superpole - despite the Porsche driver having been unable to deploy his maximum 250kW mode during practice.

A poor second sector dropped Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi down to fourth, which he blamed on mid-corner understeer.

Reigning FIA Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries was a messy fifth, having picked up the throttle too early through the long final Turn 10 which resulted in a spike of oversteer.

Sam Bird, who lost two tenths in the first sector, was best of the non-superpole qualifiers after he was eclipsed to sixth by group three runner D'Ambrosio by 0.004s.

First practice pacesetter Rowland was also shuffled down the order to eighth for Nissan, but he still beat Mitch Evans, who enters the race second in the points to da Costa.

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a plane parked on the side of a road: Da Costa clinches pole for opening Berlin E-Prix © LAT Images Da Costa clinches pole for opening Berlin E-Prix

Evans' practice set-up issues continued across into qualifying, with the Jaguar comfortably 0.4s in arrears of the fastest DS Techeetah pace.

A wild lap from Massa, owed to the rear tyres fading in the last sector, earned him ninth ahead of Robin Frijns and a 12th-place start for the returning Alex Lynn.

Maximilian Guenther headed a bad run for BMW Andretti in 13th, with team-mate Alexander Sims - third in the points - way down in 17th.

A near-crash in the final sector for Lucas di Grassi, who has a 100% podium record at Tempelhof, meant double DTM champion Rene Rast's effort for 14th was enough to win the intra-team Audi battle.

Edoardo Mortara in the Mercedes-powered Venturi car ran 15th while Stoffel Vandoorne, in the parent Mercedes machine, was just 16th.

Daniel Abt was 22nd on his debut for NIO 333, beating a messy lap from Dragon recruit Sergio Sette Camara - who twice hit the wall - and James Calado.

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The second Jaguar driver, who missed practice due to a powertrain and battery swap that earns him a 60-place grid penalty, was a distant 24th.

Berlin E-Prix qualifying results

PosDriverTeamGap
1Antonio Felix da CostaDS Techeetah1m07.122s
2Sebastien Buemie.dams0.145s
3Jean-Eric VergneDS Techeetah0.152s
4Nyck de VriesMercedes0.186s
5Andre LottererPorsche0.332s
6Jerome d'AmbrosioMahindra0.366s
7Sam BirdVirgin0.370s
8Oliver Rowlande.dams0.399s
9Mitch EvansJaguar0.433s
10Felipe MassaVenturi0.441s
11Robin FrijnsVirgin0.459s
12Alex LynnMahindra0.524s
13Maximilian GuentherBMW0.563s
14Rene RastAudi0.655s
15Edoardo MortaraVenturi0.704s
16Stoffel VandoorneMercedes0.871s
17Alexander SimsBMW0.874s
18Neel JaniPorsche0.892s
19Oliver TurveyNIO0.967s
20Nico MullerDragon0.996s
21Lucas di GrassiAudi1.014s
22Daniel AbtNIO1.432s
23Sergio Sette CamaraDragon1.506s
24James CaladoJaguar3.072s

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