Sport Berlin FE: Da Costa unchallenged on way to securing second victory
Berlin E-Prix IV: Da Costa wraps up FE title as Vergne wins
Team orders permitted Antonio Felix da Costa to wrap up the Formula E title with second place in the fourth Berlin race behind DS Techeetah team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne .Two orchestrated changes for position allowed the team to expertly manage the threat from Nissan e.dams to also seal successive constructors' championship for DS Techeetah.With the second swap allowing polesitter and race leader Vergne to return to first place, he led a team 1-2 over da Costa by 0.497s to score his first victory of the season.
Antonio Felix da Costa remained unchallenged by Sebastien Buemi for the duration of the second Formula E race in Berlin to increase his championship lead.
Two late activations of his higher 235kWh attack mode allowed DS Techeetah driver da Costa to expertly manage the race and win by 3s over Nissan e.dams rival Buemi.
A superb start from Nyck de Vries in fourth allowed the Mercedes driver to attempt a pass on Alex Lynn's Mahindra into Turn 1, which forced Buemi to defend second position.
Da Costa romps to pole in second Berlin FE race, Evans down in 17th
Antonio Felix da Costa took pole for the second Berlin Formula E race by over 0.4 seconds to continue his domination of the season finale while his title rivals faltered . The points leader posted the fastest time of the reversed Tempelhof Airport circuit with a 1min06.442s to leave superpole rival Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) with little response in second. DS Techeetah pilot da Costa blitzed the group one session and was the only driver of the first six to survive for the pole position shootout. Prior to his lap, Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing) and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) were separated by just 0.002s in superpole.
That allowed da Costa to escape to the tune of 0.8s at the end of the first lap, but the gap stabilised around 1s in the early phase as da Costa held a 1% useable energy advantage over his rivals.
On lap nine, Buemi picked up his first of two attack modes but found his boost briefly neutralised after a full-course yellow that was deployed to collect the front wing from Maximilian Guenther's BMW Andretti car.
Two tours later, Sam Bird also shed his bodywork down the start straight to bring out another full-course yellow, as Buemi's four-minute power hike ran out.
A third and final full-course yellow was waved on lap 16 after de Vries retired exiting Turn 1 - and he remains under investigation for getting out to push his own car off track.
Berlin Formula E: Vergne takes pole as team-mate da Costa down in ninth
Defending Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne smashed his rivals to pole by half a second in Berlin as points leader and team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa could only manage ninth .A brilliant last run in superpole, where he was fastest in all three sectors, secured him a 1m06.277s effort to pull out a 0.495s advantage over BMW Andretti driver Maximilian Guenther.Vergne qualified second to da Costa for the first race on the reversed Tempelhof Airport circuit on Wednesday but was a distant eighth for the Thursday E-Prix.
This dropped Buemi 2.1s off the tail of da Costa as he locked the brakes when the speed limit was imposed and over-stopped his car to fall further back.
As green-flag conditions returned, da Costa - then the only one of the top five in the championship to run in a points-scoring position - triggered his first attack mode.
Combined with a second activation, fanboost and fastest lap, he checked out at the front to win by 3.09s over Buemi for his third FE victory in succession.
Lucas di Grassi was 5.1s in arrears of the Nissan e.dams, having been run close by the Envision Virgin Racing car of Robin Frijns to the chequered flag.
Stoffel Vandoorne mounted an incredible comeback drive from 13th, which was crowned by a stunning double overtake on Bird and Oliver Rowland around the outside into Turn 6.
Behind Vandoorne's two beaten rivals, Edoardo Mortara took the Venturi to eighth ahead of the Porsche of Andre Lotterer.
Decision in Formula E in Berlin: Günther is out - Da Costa premature champion
The way for the Portuguese da Costa is clear after his competitor Günther was involved in a collision. © Photo: Kräling / Imago Images Antonio Felix da Costa is the new title holder in Formula E. The preliminary decision was made shortly after the start, when Maximilian Günther's car without a front wing was just a case for the tow truck. After his home win the day before, the Formula E race ended on Sunday in Tempelhof for the 23-year-old from Oberstdorf after a few meters.
Jean-Eric Vergne was a disappointing 10th, having lost two spots from his grid position, which was compounded by a return of his late-race rear tyre wear.
With Jaguar driver Mitch Evans 12th behind Lynn and a torrid day for BMW Andretti - Sims recovering from a pitlane start and a drivethrough penalty for a battery change to 20th and Guenther pitting 11 laps from home - da Costa has started to check out in the points race.
He leads by 68 points with 120 remaining from the final four races.
Berlin E-Prix result - 38 laps
|1||Antonio Felix da Costa||DS Techeetah||DS||46m19.412s|
|3||Lucas di Grassi||Audi||Audi||8.296s|
|10||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah||DS||20.919s|
|18||Sergio Sette Camara||Dragon||Penske||35.727s|
|-||Felipe Massa||Venturi||Mercedes||Not classified|
|-||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||Mercedes||Retirement|
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Berlin Formula E: D'Ambrosio leads combined Berlin practice times
Mahindra Racing driver Jerome D'Ambrosio topped the combined Formula E free practice times with a late flying lap on the Tempelhof Airport circuit to depose Maximilian Guenther .A 1m06.723s effort on full 250kW power, set after the chequered flag for the second 30-minute session, boosted D'Ambrosio above Guenther by 0.109s.Ahead of the second brace of races, the Berlin track was washed to clear some of the rubber laid down from the two E-Prix won by Antonio Felix da Costa on Wednesday and Thursday.Michelin also issued revised tyres pressures, down by 0.
premature coronation: Da Costa new Formula E champion .
© Britta Pedersen / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa Victorious in Berlin: Antonio Felix da Costa. The preliminary decision was made shortly after the start, when Maximilian Günther's car without a front wing was just a case for the tow truck. After his home win the day before, the Formula E race in Berlin on Sunday ended after a few meters for the 23-year-old from Oberstdorf.