Sport Formula E Berlin Race 4: DS Techeetah occupies front row of the grid

17:41  09 august  2020
17:41  09 august  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is back. Get set for six action packed rounds at the historic Berlin Tempelhof airport. The race for the title is on. With the 2020/21 season back underway, DS Techeetah 's Antonio Felix da Costa is holding firm at the top of the standings with a slim lead ahead

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Zweiter Pole-Award binnen 24 Stunden für Jean-Eric Vergne © Motorsport Images Second pole award within 24 hours for Jean-Eric Vergne

"Back to normal" was the Formula E motto during qualifying for the fourth race of the Berlin ePrix : DS Techeetah occupies the first two starting positions for the race on Sunday evening. Jean-Eric Vergne defeated championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa by 0.140 seconds in the scorching heat in the Superpole. ( result Superpole )

Da Costa was the only one from the first group to qualify in the group stage. It was tight, because in the last group both Alex Lynn (Mahindra; 7th) and Rene Rast (Audi; 8th) came close to da Costa's time. He saved himself in Superpole by 0.033 seconds, while Vergne and Oliver Rowland (Nissan-e.dams; 3rd) shared the fastest time to the thousandth of a second.

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DS Techeetah had extended their lead in the Teams Championship to 38 points after the Monaco E -Prix, with their two drivers atop the Buemi would get away off the grid well enough to retain the lead, while Vandoorne had to work hard to keep a fast starting Lucas di Grassi at bay into the first corner

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In the shootout he was allowed to be the first and set a time of 1: 06.247 minutes. The next four drivers didn't even come close to that mark. Vergne, who was the last to go on the course, snatched the pole from him in 1: 06.107 minutes.

"The round didn't start well," says the eternally self-critical Frenchman. "I was behind my group stage time in sector 1, but then I caught up." Da Costa is a bit surprised at the dominance: "To be honest, I just wanted to qualify properly. We assumed that the field would move closer together the longer the Berlin Marathon lasts."

No shooting help expected

Of course, the question arises whether Vergne would make room for da Costa so that he can take the title, which is quite possible tonight. "The championship is already his," says Vergne. Da Costa doesn't want to rely on it either: "I don't expect any help from him. He's fighting for something."

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DS Techeetah driver Vergne will share the front row with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans, with di Grassi joined towards the rear of the field by another championship contender Antonio Felix da Costa. Evans had topped the group running, but Vergne’s 1m18.813s lap in superpole was unbeatable.

Rowland was already 0.445 seconds behind pole time in third place, but was only twelve thousandths ahead of his team-mate Sebastien Buemi (Nissan-e.dams; 4th).

Behind them, Nyck de Vries (Mercedes; 5th) made his third Superpole participation in the four Berlin races so far. Somewhat surprisingly, Felipe Massa (Venturi-Mercedes; 6th) also made it into the individual time trial.

Behind Lynn and Rast in row four, Jerome D'Ambrosio (Mahindra; 9th) and Robin Frijns (Virgin-Audi; 10th) completed the top 10. The qualifying was disappointing for Maximilian Günther (BMW-Andretti), who did not have any Only found on starting position 21 20 hours after his victory on Saturday. ( result combined regular qualifying )

start of the race is as usual for the Berlin races at 7 p.m. CEST.

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