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Sport Berlin Formula E: Vergne takes pole as team-mate da Costa down in ninth

18:00  08 august  2020
18:00  08 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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

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

Jean-Eric Vergne claimed pole position for the Berlin ePrix, which Formula E championship leader Lucas di Grassi will start down in 10th. Nicolas Prost was only eighth after a lairy lap in his group, with Oliver Turvey completing a much better qualifying performance for the NEXTEV team in ninth .

DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa took his and his team 's first pole position of the 2019-20 Formula E season in Marrakech. Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne , who had sat out Friday's track action due to illness, was slowest of the group two runners, albeit just 0.336s down on Guenther

a person riding a motorcycle on a beach: Vergne takes Berlin FE pole, da Costa down in ninth © LAT Images Vergne takes Berlin FE pole, 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.

Da Costa: Locked Formula E contract at BMW delayed qualifying form

  Da Costa: Locked Formula E contract at BMW delayed qualifying form Antonio Felix da Costa reckons his prolonged exit from a BMW Andretti contract before joining DS Techeetah for the 2019-20 season delayed his recent Formula E qualifying form .Prior to the fifth race of the season in Marrakech - which preceded the 158-day coronavirus hiatus - da Costa's best qualifying result had been fifth in the second Saudi Arabia E-Prix.This followed his 21st grid spot for the first race of the season, before he was 10th in Santiago qualifying and ninth in Mexico City - which he blamed on a lack of confidence in the new car.

Daniel Abt converted pole into a dominant win in Berlin ahead of his team - mate Lucas di Grassi, as Audi became the second Formula At the start, Abt comfortably led away from pole as his fellow front row-starter Oliver Turvey had to defend hard from Vergne on the Antonio Felix da Costa . Andretti.

With a freshly inked contract extension in his back pocket, an inspired Valtteri Bottas got the bit between his teeth to beat Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position, as super sub Nico Hulkenberg took a remarkable third for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

But he responded brilliantly on Saturday, topping the group two runners and taking provisional top spot by 0.3s before then converting his advantage in the top-six fight to score his 11th series pole.

Jerome D'Ambrosio headed an impressive session for Mahindra Racing with third place, capped off by his strong form all-day in the final sector that retrieved him a tenth after a sloppy opening split.

Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne led the way in group one over da Costa, but a huge lock up into Turn 6 added to a wall touch exiting Turn 9 consigned him to a fourth-place start after his superpole run.

Alex Lynn - D'Ambrosio's team-mate - continued his sterling one-lap pace as he progressed from group four to superpole, but he took too much kerb at Turn 9 to fall 0.9s off the pace after Vergne's flier.

Vergne: "Nightmare" Berlin Formula E race after tyre issues and power cut

  Vergne: DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne lamented a "nightmare" second Formula E race in Berlin, in which he struggled with tyre issues and a power cut to compound his misery .Vergne began the race in eighth on the grid, but quickly fell behind the battling duo of Sam Bird and Maximilian Guenther on the first lap.Guenther's robust assault on Bird, which awarded the German driver with a puncture, helped Vergne to make up the places that he had lost.

Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein took a dominant first ABB FIA Formula E pole position at the Mexico Antonio Felix da Costa was the only driver from group one to make superpole and qualified fifth Vergne 's Techeetah team - mate Lotterer was 12th, two places ahead of Dragon's new recruit

He was way off team - mates da Costa and Rene Rast, registering a best The F1 refugee was initially on his way to Dragon but found a berth at Techeetah as team - mate to Jean-Eric Vergne in the But his performance was barely noticed, and he was hammered by team - mate Vergne , who had excelled

Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns ran slowest in the top six battle. Super aggressive into Turn 1, he lost the rear end and began to overheat his tyres.

That transpired through Turn 7 as he suffered a big spike of oversteer and then ran wide at the Turn 9 hairpin to end up 0.903s adrift.

With Porsche driver Andre Lotterer the first out of the top-six shootout in seventh, he headed Mercedes' Nyck de Vries who was out early on track in group two but glanced the wall exiting Turn 4.

Despite the overstep, he was a provisional fifth to demote runaway points leader da Costa out of superpole running.

a man standing in front of a computer: Vergne takes Berlin FE pole, da Costa down in ninth © LAT Images Vergne takes Berlin FE pole, da Costa down in ninth

DS Techeetah driver da Costa (above), who won both races on the reversed Tempelhof circuit, made a Turn 6 mistake to finish 0.224s off group one pacesetter Vandoorne - with team boss Mark Preston reporting that a mandated 0.1-bar reduction in tyre pressure had hurt his driver overnight.

Vergne: Title aspirations "gone", aim to help da Costa and Techeetah

  Vergne: Title aspirations Defending Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne says his only job is to help team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa win the title now his own chances are "gone"The DS Techeetah driver scored only a single point from the two races on the reversed Tempelhof Airport circuit to fall from eighth in the standings down to 12th.

On his Super Pole lap, Rowland made the difference to Vergne in the second sector, before wrestling his car through the fast Turn 10 right-hander Pascal Wehrlein qualified ninth behind his Mahindra teammate , with Lucas di Grassi rounding out the top 10 for Audi after failing to make it out of group

Jean-Eric Vergne extended his 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E championship lead by claiming pole for the Swiss E -Prix in Bern, where his closest title rival Lucas di Grassi qualified 19th. Alex Sims headed Edoardo Mortara in 17th and 18th, ahead of the slowest group one runners Grassi and da Costa .

Oliver Rowland completed the top 10 for Nissan ahead of Lucas di Grassi and a scruffy but quick lap for Dragon Racing pilot Serge Sette Camara.

Felipe Massa's slow opening sector undid all his hard work over the remainder of the lap to line up 13th for Venturi Racing ahead of team-mate Edoardo Mortara.

Sebastien Buemi, second for Nissan e.dams on Thursday, was just 15th ahead of another poor run from BMW Andretti contestant Alexander Sims.

A 17th place for James Calado meant for the first time on pace - not due to a team error - he outqualified Jaguar stablemate Mitch Evans.

Evans reported a "smooth, clean" lap and was surprised to wind up so far down the order, having been a clear title contender in second place prior to the season resumption.

Sam Bird was ranked down in 20th for Envision Virgin Racing after getting stuck behind Vandoorne on his flying lap in group one.


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Da Costa explains Berlin E-Prix FE qualifying drama .
Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the out-lap gaffe that meant he and three other Formula E champions did not set a qualifying time for the fifth Berlin race .The latest FE title winner was late to leave the garage for the group one shootout between the top six drivers in points, along with DS Techeetah team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi and Audi's Lucas di Grassi.Held up initially by Maximilian Guenther as the BMW Andretti pilot tried to find tack space behind Jaguar's Mitch Evans, the four champions all failed to post a time when they crossed the line after the session had ended.

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