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Germany 2015 Berlin ePrix
Berlin Layout
Berlin Formula E Circuit
Race Information
Date 23 May 2015
Official Name DHL Berlin ePrix 2015
Location Templelhof Airbase, Berlin
Lap length 2.470 km (1.535 mi)
Distance 33 laps / 81.510 km (50.648 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Italy Jarno Trulli
Team Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team
Time 1:21.547
Fastest Lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.
Fastest Lap 1:24.435 on lap 20
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France Loïc Duval
Winner Team Flag of the United States Dragon Racing
Time 48:26.566
ePrix Guide
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 The 2015 Berlin ePrix, otherwise known as the DHL Berlin ePrix 2015, was the eighth round of the 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship, held on 23 May 2015.[1] The circuit was carved onto the apron at Tempelhof Airport in the heart of Berlin, scene of the infamous Berlin Airlifts in 1948.[1]

Jarno Trulli claimed a surprise pole position for his self-entered team during qualifying, the Italian racer beating Lucas di Grassi by a tenth of a second.[2] Sébastien Buemi was third ahead of Nick Heidfeld, while title protagonist Nelson Piquet Jr. was a lowly thirteenth.[2]

Trulli recaptured the pace of his younger years to sprint ahead at the start, leaving di Grassi to fend off the field behind for second.[3] Elsewhere, Sam Bird and Jean-Éric Vergne made good progress, while Piquet could only just hold onto his grid position through a clean turn one.[3]

Daniel Abt would be the big loser on the first lap, throwing himself into a spin in the middle of the pack, almost wiping out Piquet.[3] Out front, meanwhile, Trulli's pace would dramatically fade during the early stages, effectively gifting the lead to di Grassi on lap five.[3]

Indeed, Trulli proceeded to tumble down the order, providing little resistance to those behind.[3] One of those to take him was Jérôme d'Ambrosio, whose pace was so strong that he even managed to take second away from Buemi, and close onto the back of di Grassi ahead of the car swap.[3]

The stops would see Piquet make tremendous ground, the Brazilian racer staying out a lap longer than everyone else to leap into the top five.[3] di Grassi, meanwhile, managed to extend his lead, and duly eased away in a quiet second half of the race to claim victory from d'Ambrosio and Buemi.[3]

After the race, however, it was found that di Grassi had used a modified front wing, effectively making his car illegal.[4] The Brazilian racer, in spite of some brief protests by Audi Sport ABT, was duly disqualified, handing d'Ambrosio a maiden victory, and his Dragon teammate Loïc Duval a first podium.[4]

BackgroundEdit

Berlin would play host to Formula E's eighth race of the 2014/15 campaign, with the apron of the legendary Tempelhof Airport providing ample room for the series.[1] The circuit itself was one of the more complicated on the calendar, with rough concrete and multiple corners ensuring that drivers would have to fight their cars throughout the lap.[1] In terms of the entry list there were no major changes between Monaco and Berlin, despite a number of other events happening on the same weekend.[5]

Heading into Berlin, Lucas di Grassi held a four point lead in the Drivers' Championship, in-spite of Sébastien Buemi's second victory of the season in Monaco. The Swiss racer himself was up to third, with ten points separating him from the Brazilian, with Nelson Piquet Jr. sat in second, four behind his compatriot. Nicolas Prost and Sam Bird round out the top five in the Championship ahead of the Berlin ePrix, with another potential 30 points on offer for the driver who has the perfect weekend.

Prost and Buemi's three combined wins, and monumental points total of 160 points meant e.dams-Renault held a clear lead over the rest of the field in the Teams' Championship. Audi Sport ABT were the only other team in treble figures for the season, while NextEV TCR's meteoric rise through the table over the last two rounds had seen them close to within a point of Virgin Racing in third. Venturi were off the foot of the table for the first time since Punta del Este, having overtaken the Trulli Formula E Team last time out.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2015 Berlin ePrix will be displayed below:

2015 Berlin ePrix Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
3 Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Flag of India Mahindra Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
6 France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
8 France Nicolas Prost France e.dams-Renault Spark-Renault SRT_01E
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams-Renault Spark-Renault SRT_01E
10 Italy Jarno Trulli Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport ABT Spark-Renault SRT_01E
18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Flag of India Mahindra Racing Spark-Renault SRT_01E
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
27 France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E
28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E
30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Renault SRT_01E
55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport ABT Spark-Renault SRT_01E
77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT_01E
88 France Charles Pic People's Republic of China NextEV TCR Spark-Renault SRT_01E
99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China NextEV TCR Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Source:[6]

PracticeEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying in Berlin was to use the familiar four group format used throughout the season, with the draw for the groups made just after Practice Two.[7] Qualifying commenced at 12:00 local time, with each group getting 10 minutes to post a competitive time.[7]

Group 1Edit

The Trulli duo of Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jarno Trulli were to lead out Group One and open qualifying, joined by Nelson Piquet Jr., Bruno Senna and António Félix da Costa.[7] Current form suggested that Piquet should emerge from the session near the front row of the grid, if not on it, with the rest of the Group set to be in a battle to get into the top ten.

Yet, flying in the face of form, it was the two Trulli machines that ended the 10 minute session on top, with Trulli himself almost half a second quicker than team mate Liuzzi in second.[2] Pole favourite Piquet found himself trailing by over eight tenths of a second, with Senna and da Costa rounding out the group, and looking set (like Piquet) to tumble down the order.[2]

Group 2Edit

Headlining Group Two were the Andretti Autosport aces in Scott Speed and Jean-Éric Vergne, particularly as Vergne had already taken two pole positions so far.[7] Jaime Alguersuari, Stéphane Sarrazin and Salvador Duran also found themselves in the second group, although they were expected, like most of the first group, to be battling for the lower end of the grid.[7]

But, again, the twisty nature of Tempelhof's new circuit threw the form book away, with none of Group Two able to beat Trulli's time.[2] Vergne only just beat Liuzzi's time, (a feat that Speed could not achieve), and found himself behind Sarrazin as well.[2] A disappointing session was rounded out by Alguersuari and Duran, who both managed to beat the times of da Costa and Senna.[2]

Group 3Edit

Action looked to be on the horizon in Group Three, as two title contenders in Lucas di Grassi and Nicolas Prost looked set to do battle for pole.[2] Nick Heidfeld (at his home race) and Jérôme d'Ambrosio were also considered to be dark horses for the top end of the grid, while Charles Pic would hope to beat his best quali position since joining NextEV TCR four rounds earlier.[2]

Form seemed to have found a foothold in Group Three, although di Grassi still fell short of Trulli's time, almost a tenth slower.[2] Heidfeld slotted in immediately behind di Grassi, as did d'Ambrosio, both ahead of Prost who was disappointed in fifth as it stood.[2] Pic, as predicted, found himself in the second half of the standings, and looked set to fall even further after Group Four got their turn.[2]

Group 4Edit

Rounding out qualifying in Berlin were three drivers who had experienced either pole or victory (or both) during the season. Sébastien Buemi had the winds of history behind him after his Monaco performance, while Sam Bird and Daniel Abt would have to call on earlier promise to aid their ole bids.[7] Loïc Duval and Karun Chandhok would round out the group, with both looking to have a good session to get higher into the points.[7]

Buemi fell short of his pole goal, ending the session in third after being unable to beat di Grassi's time as well.[2] Abt slotted into fifth (like Heidfeld, enjoying his home race), while Duval earned himself eighth after a strong lap.[2] Drama for Bird saw him throw away one of his full power laps with a spin at the very first corner, meaning he only managed fifteenth, with Chandhok well down the order in last.[2]

Post QualifyingEdit

The final result from qualifying is shown below:

2015 Berlin ePrix Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 1:21.547 1
2nd 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport ABT 1:21.623 +0.076s 2
3rd 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams-Renault 1:21.685 +0.138s 3
4th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 1:21.710 +0.163s 4
5th 66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport ABT 1:21.754 +0.207s 5
6th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 1:21.861 +0.314s 6
7th 8 France Nicolas Prost France e.dams-Renault 1:21.911 +0.364s 7
8th 6 France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 1:21.917 +0.370s 8
9th 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 1:21.978 +0.431s 9
10th 27 France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 1:22.015 +0.468s 10
11th 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 1:22.032 +0.485s 11
12th 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 1:22.096 +0.549s 12
13th 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China NextEV TCR 1:22.310 +0.763s 13
14th 3 Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 1:22.395 +0.848s 14
15th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 1:22.437 +0.890s 15
16th 77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 1:22.444 +0.897s 16
17th 88 France Charles Pic People's Republic of China NextEV TCR 1:22.464 +0.917s 17
18th 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:22.575 +1.028s 18
19th 55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 1:22.586 +1.039s 19
20th 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:22.803 +1.256s 20
110% Time: 1:29.702[6]
Source:[6]

RaceEdit

No changes were made to the grid order after qualifying, despite Stéphane Sarrazin's complaints over Jaime Alguersuari.[8] The results of the FanBoost vote were released two hours before the race began, with Nelson Piquet Jr., Sébastien Buemi and Charles Pic given an extra 30kw/h of boost for five seconds.[8]

ReportEdit

Jarno Trulli's years of Grand Prix racing from pole flooded back to him off the line, as he immediately swept into the lead of the race, ahead of Lucas di Grassi.[3] It was also a clean run behind through turn one, with Sam Bird and Jean-Éric Vergne in particular making good progress in the middle of the pack.[3] Yet, while the race got off to a fairly even tempo, the rest of the opening lap would be somewhat more spectacular.

First, Trulli locked up his right rear brake, send him out wide and almost into a spin, the result of which gave di Grassi a clear gap to take the lead, with Trulli slotting back into second.[3] His slide caused the pack to brake heavier than expected, a fact which caught Daniel Abt out as he locked up his entire rear axle, throwing himself into a spin.[3] Everyone behind him did manage to avoid his car, although Nelson Piquet Jr. did get pushed slightly into the wall by Bird when they went to the inside of the corner to avoid the Audi Sport ABT machine.[3]

It soon became clear that di Grassi had the pace to win the ePrix with ease, as he set four fastest laps on the trot, with Trulli an increasingly distant second.[3] Buemi had a queue of cars behind him, although excessive energy use for Trulli hampered his pace, meaning the Buemi backlog were soon on his tail.[3] Buemi used FanBoost to take second away, with Nick Heidfeld following him through, before the Italian really started to plummet down the order.[3]

As Trulli fell down the order, so did Nicolas Prost, as he was mugged by Sam Bird and António Félix da Costa in short order, before the Portuguese man pulled an impressive move on the Brit for ninth place.[3] D'Ambrosio found himself in third after a speculative dive down the inside of Heidfeld at turn nine, before the pair, along with Buemi, came into the pits.[3] Only Piquet and Pic stayed out longer than the majority of the field, a fact that would come to the fore over the second half of the race.[3]

As d'Ambrosio jumped Buemi in the pits, Amlin Aguri fell foul of the minimum pitstop time, releasing both da Costa and Salvador Duran too early. The resulting drive through penalties arguably cost da Costa some solid points, while Duran slipped into a battle with Trulli and Karun Chandhok at the back of the field. Meanwhile, at the front, Piquet was a man on a mission, with FanBoost and an extra seven percent of energy available to push further into the top ten.[3]

As d'Ambrosio set about trying to eat into di Grassi's ten second lead, Buemi and Heidfeld were locked into a duel for third, soon joined by Loïc Duval and Stéphane Sarrazin.[3] This allowed Piquet, who had quickly got past Vergne and Bird who had been in an increasingly physical battle for seventh, to catch up to the final podium spot.[3] Heidfeld looked to have taken third into turn nine, but tactical driving by Buemi allowed him to slot back into the position out of the corner.[3]

That allowed Buemi to pull a small gap to the rest, while Heidfeld got caught off guard twice in the space of two laps.[3] First, Duval caught the German sleeping into turn three, just three laps before the end, before Piquet, who had swept past Sarrazin with the aid of FanBoost a lap earlier, pulled exactly the same move into turn nine.[3] He now had two laps to take Duval and attack Buemi to get onto the podium, while Heidfeld was left to fend off his team mate for sixth.[3]

Back at the very front, di Grassi calmly crossed the line with a 7.5 second lead over d'Ambrosio, taking his second win of the season.[3] Piquet failed to get past Duval, meaning he finished fifth, behind the Frenchman (who took his best finish) and third placed Buemi.[3] Heidfeld held off Sarrazin for sixth, while Liuzzi claimed the final point for Trulli, after a promising day four hours earlier was wiped out with Trulli entering the pits two laps from the end.[3]

However, after the race, the FIA disqualified di Grassi, excluding him from the race result, meaning d'Ambrosio was handed the victory.[4] The front wing on the Brazilian's car had been modified, illegally, by the Audi Sport ABT team, although they claimed that the modifications were repair scars.[4] The FIA disagreed, although the team opted not to appeal the decision.[4]

ResultEdit

The final classification of the 2015 Berlin ePrix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2015 Berlin ePrix Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 33 0:48:26.566 1:25.150 25
2nd 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi FanBoosticon France e.dams-Renault 33 +2.433s 1:25.122 18
3rd 6 France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 33 +3.508s 1:24.762 15
4th 99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. FanBoosticon People's Republic of China NextEV TCR 33 +3.975s 1:24.435 14
5th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 33 +13.046s 1:25.439 10
6th 30 France Stéphane Sarrazin Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 33 +13.335s 1:25.138 8
7th 27 France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 33 +13.678s 1:25.063 6
8th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 33 +14.055s 1:25.166 4
9th 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 33 +15.636s 1:25.517 2
10th 8 France Nicolas Prost France e.dams-Renault 33 +16.602s 1:25.342 1
11th 55 Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 33 +16.797s 1:24.758
12th 3 Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 33 +20.594s 1:25.029
13th 28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 33 +21.149s 1:25.204
14th 66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport ABT 33 +23.688s 1:24.909
15th 88 France Charles Pic FanBoosticon People's Republic of China NextEV TCR 33 +25.491s 1:25.100
16th 77 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 33 +44.157s 1:25.532
17th 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Flag of India Mahindra Racing 33 +46.257s 1:25.203
18th 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok Flag of India Mahindra Racing 33 +46.257s 1:25.136
19th 10 Italy Jarno Trulli Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 31 +2 Laps 1:25.452 3
DSQ* 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport ABT 33 Disqualified 1:25.391
Source:[6]
  • FanBoosticon Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
  • * di Grassi disqualified from the race result for an illegal front wing.[4]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Lucas di Grassi's post race disqualification had a dramatic effect on the Championship, with the Brazilian tumbling to third, and fellow countryman Nelson Piquet Jr. taking the lead. Sébastien Buemi split the two South American racers, trailing Piquet by two, while severe damage was done to most of the other potential title contenders. Nicolas Prost now found himself with a 25 point shortfall to the top (bearing in mind he effectively lost that number at the first race), while Sam Bird actually fell behind race winner Jérôme d'Ambrosio, with the Belgian taking over Bird's position as the dark horse for the title.

There was also a seismic shift in the Teams' Championship, as Dragon Racing leapt up to second from sixth, now a point ahead of Audi Sport ABT. NextEV TCR remained in fourth as Virgin Racing fell to fifth, with the former also making it past to 100 point mark for the season. But, out front, e.dams-Renault still proved to be the class of the field, now just 21 points away from the 200 point barrier, and over 60 points ahead.

2014/15 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 103 ▲1
2nd Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 101 ▲1
3rd Brazil Lucas di Grassi 93 ▼2
4th France Nicolas Prost 78 ◄0
5th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 77 ▲1
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 68 ▼1
7th Portugal António Félix da Costa 45 ◄0
8th France Jean-Éric Vergne 40 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari 30 ◄0
10th Brazil Bruno Senna 28 ◄0
11th France Loïc Duval 23 ▲8
12th Germany Daniel Abt 22 ▼1
13th Flag of the United States Scott Speed 18 ▼1
14th France Franck Montagny 18 ▼1
15th Flag of India Karun Chandhok 16 ▼1
16th France Stéphane Sarrazin 16 ▲2
17th France Charles Pic 16 ▼2
18th Germany Nick Heidfeld 16 ▲2
19th Flag of Spain Oriol Servià 16 ▼3
20th Italy Jarno Trulli 15 ▼3
21st Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 2 ▲6
22nd Flag of Japan Takuma Sato 2 ▼1
23rd Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran 1 ▼1
2014/15 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st France e.dams-Renault 179 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 116 ▲4
3rd Germany Audi Sport ABT 115 ▼1
4th People's Republic of China NextEV TCR 107 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing 98 ▼2
6th Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 88 ▼1
7th Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri 48 ◄0
8th Flag of India Mahindra Racing 46 ◄0
9th Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 34 ◄0
10th Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team 17 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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