Sport Berlin E-Prix III: Guenther holds off Frijns to secure FE victory by 0.1s
Vergne: Broken regen paddle and software issue cost Berlin E-Prix victory
Jean-Eric Vergne has explained how a software glitch and a malfunctioning regen paddle while using attack mode cost him a probable victory in the third Formula E race in Berlin .The defending champion dominated qualifying to secure pole position over BMW Andretti driver Maximilian Guenther by 0.495s and led comfortably in the opening phase of the race.But, mimicking his form in the first E-Prix at the Tempelhof Airport venue, in the closing stages he began to lose pace which allowed Guenther to close.
Maximilian Guenther won an incredibly tight Formula E race for BMW Andretti at home in Berlin by just 0.1s over Robin Frijns as polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne slipped to third.
The 22-year-old managed his energy expertly to mount a late surge and pass Vergne but was forced to defend from Frijns in the final corners to score his second series win.
A strong getaway for Jerome d'Ambrosio in third meant he passed Guenther into Turn 1, which allowed DS Techeetah driver Vergne to escape by an early 2s advantage.
Berlin E-Prix V: Rowland dominates from pole for first FE win
Oliver Rowland expertly controlled the fifth Berlin race to score his maiden Formula E victory over Robin Frijns, as Rene Rast just crept onto the podium with a last-lap overtake . Rowland built a 1% useable energy advantage on the extended Tempelhof Airport circuit to control proceedings over Envision Virgin Racing driver Frijns. He led from lights to flag to seal a 1.9s win in a 36-lap race, even though the timing screens had to reset after scoring the classification one tour prematurely. Frijns drew his car's nose alongside into Turn 1 at the start, but Rowland had the inside line to lead by 0.
Guenther returned the favour on d'Ambrosio on lap two, sending his car up the inside of Turn 6 in an opening phase that became processional until a multi-car crash on lap 11.
A huge lunge from Alexander Sims as he fought for 15th place forced Sergio Sette Camara to brake very late into the Turn 9 hairpin. But the Dragon driver ran too deep and span James Calado.
As Sette Camara recovered to exit the corner he suffered a quick drive failure and pulled over to the inside of the track to keep off line.
Here, however, he tagged Calado's Jaguar team-mate Mitch Evans lightly. In turn, that left Porsche driver Neel Jani with nowhere to go and he clattered in to the side of Sette Camara as both retired.
Once the safety car peeled in, Vergne would activate his first of two 35kW attack mode boosts to build a comparatively comfortable 1.7s cushion over Guenther.
Rast holds off final-lap charge from Muller to win by 0.1s at the Lausitzring
Audi star Rene Rast held off a charging Nico Muller on the final lap to win the second DTM race at the Lausitzring by a tiny margin of 0.089s .Rast made a brilliant launch from third on the grid to challenge polesitter Robin Frijns into Turn 1, but ran off track and settled behind his Audi stablemate in second, as Muller dropped to fourth from the front row.However, reigning champion Rast didn't wait long before making another move, diving down the inside of Frijns at the same corner two laps later to take the lead.
When Guenther's second attack mode ran out more than a minute ahead of Vergne's it looked as though he had squandered his chance for the victory.
But a malfunctioning regen paddle for Vergne meant he over-consumed energy while using the higher power mode, which dropped him into the clutches of Guenther.
On lap 30, Guenther - who this season has either won, finished second, or failed to score a point - lined his car up out of the final corner to get a great drive and sail past into Turn 1.
But after a brief wheel bang, Vergne still had the inside line to reclaim his position after the shortest of stints in second place.
That left Guenther to tuck into the DS Techeetah's slipstream and save energy, at the expense of rising battery temperatures.
Vergne defended into Turn 6, which afford Guenther the opportunity to cut back into the next corner and from there he took the lead.
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.
Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns, meanwhile, had a 1% energy cushion in hand over the top two and demoted Vergne into Turn 1.
Frijns, who started fifth, ran Guenther close and attempted to pass at Turns 9 and 10 on the final lap but missed out by just 0.128s across the line.
That left Vergne to fight off his runaway points-leading team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa to complete the podium.
Da Costa was content to maintain eighth in the first-half of the race but picked off Alex Lynn with a dummy into Turn 10 and then gained another place when nearest title rival Stoffel Vandoorne sustained a puncture.
The late DS Techeetah scrapped allowed Andre Lotterer to close, but he would stay behind in fifth ahead of Nissan driver Oliver Rowland and D'Ambrosio.
The Mahindra Racing pilot's early promise was overturned by his poor attack mode timing, which meant as he returned to the racing line he was boxed in and dropped back.
Lucas di Grassi was lucky when the stewards decided it was Felipe Massa at fault in their Turn 1 shunt - which span di Grassi after his heavy defensive swerve across the front of the Venturi - and he finished eighth.
Muller dominates to victory in 2020 DTM opener
Nico Muller cruised to a dominant victory in the opening race of the 2020 DTM season at Spa-Francorchamps, as Audi swept the top five positions to assert its supremacy .At the start of the race, Robin Frijns led the field from pole position, with the sister Abt Audi of Muller slotting into second place.Frijns initially stretched his advantage to over a second, but started to fall into the clutches of Muller on lap 4, with the gap between the two dropping down to 0.6s.This allowed Muller to get a great run on Frijns along the Kemmel straight before executing a simple move into Les Combes to seize the lead of the race.
A late string of fastest laps finally delivered the return of Jaguar's pace, enabling Evans to finish in ninth ahead of Sims.
Berlin E-Prix III results - 35 laps
|3||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah||DS||2.569s|
|4||Antonio Felix da Costa||DS Techeetah||DS||2.743s|
|8||Lucas di Grassi||Audi||Audi||12.672s|
|16||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||Mercedes||22.520s|
|-||Sergio Sette Camara||Dragon||Penske||Retirement|
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.