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Germany 2017 Berlin ePrix I
Berlin Layout 2017
The revised Tempelhof Airport ePrix circuit.
Race Information
Date 10th June 2017
Official Name 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix
Location Flag of Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany
Lap length 2.277km (1.415mi)
Distance 44 laps / 100.188km (62.254mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Brazil Lucas di Grassi
Team Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Time 1:08.312
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans
Fastest Lap 1:10.224 on lap 16
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Nick Heidfeld
Winner Team Flag of India Mahindra Racing
Time 0:53:19.661
ePrix Guide
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Paris Berlin II

The 2017 Berlin ePrix I, otherwise known as the 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix, is set to be the seventh round of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, held on the 10th June 2017.[1] The race will see the return of Tempelhof Airport as host of the FE Championship, with the field using a revised layout of the 2015 Berlin ePrix circuit.[2]

Qualifying would see Lucas di Grassi edge out José María López for pole, the pair separated by just one thousandth of a second after their runs in Super Pole.[3] Felix Rosenqvist impressed on his way to third, having dominated the group qualifying, while Championship leader Sébastien Buemi had a mistake ridden run to claim fourteenth on the grid.[3]

At the start it would be di Grassi who surged into an early lead, sprinting clear of Lopez as he fell behind a fast starting Rosenqvist.[4] An equally quick start from Nick Heidfeld was enough to see the German sweep past Lopez too, relegating the Argentine to fight with his teammate Sam Bird for fourth, with the rest of the field making it through the long turn one without issue.[4]

The following laps saw the pace gradually settle down, with some near misses up and down the field as drivers adjusted their re-gen settings.[4] Buemi, meanwhile, began his slow campaign through the order, taking Stéphane Sarrazin and Adam Carroll early on, picking off his rivals with identical moves at turn nine.[4]

As the pitstops approached Buemi moved into the top ten, while title rival di Grassi was struggling with battery temps, allowing Rosenqvist to sweep onto the back of him.[4] Then, on the lap of the stops, Rosenqvist, having saved more energy than the Brazilian, managed to sweep around the outside of the ABT Schaeffler on the entry to turn one.[4] The pair duly stopped at the end of the lap, with everyone bar the two Andrettis joining them.[4]

After the stops it was Rosenqvist leading from di Grassi and Heidfeld, while Lopez ran on his own ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, although the Frenchman was to be penalised for an unsafe release.[4] Nicolas Prost was in sixth after Sam Bird was dumped down the order after a poor stop, while Buemi sent his Renault e.Dams slithering down the inside of Daniel Abt just after to claim eighth.[4]

The closing stages were all about Buemi, who picked off Bird and Prost before launching a sustained attack at Vergne, but to no avail.[4] Rosenqvist, meanwhile, had an untroubled run to the flag to claim his, and Mahindra's first win, while di Grassi and Heidfeld completed the podium.[4] Lopez was a lonely fourth ahead of Buemi, Prost, Bird and Abt, as the five second penalty for Vergne relegated him to ninth.[4]

After the race, however, the tyre pressures on both Buemi's cars were found to be under the minimum set by Michelin.[5] As a result the Swiss racer was excluded from the result.

BackgroundEdit

There were some significant changes to the entry list ahead of the seventh meeting of the 2016/17 season, with two teams fielding revised drive line-ups.[6] The cause was Esteban Gutiérrez, who took the chance to replace Sébastien Bourdais in the Indy Car Championship after the latter's huge accident at the Indy 500.[6] His decision left a vacant seat at Techeetah, although with reserve driver Ma Qing Hua having calendar clashes for the rest of the season an alternative solution was required.[6]

That solution was to poach Stéphane Sarrazin from the Venturi Formula E Team, meaning the Frenchman left the team he had been competing with since the inaugural FE season.[6] Sarrazin's departure meant that there was another vacant seat at the Monegasque squad, although they quickly confirmed that Tom Dillmann would step up for the second race in a row.[6] Both Sarrazin and Dillmann were confirmed in their seats for the rest of the season.[6]

There was also some unsurprising news from Renault e.Dams, who confirmed that their pairing of Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost would carry on together during the 2017/18 season.[7]

Pole and victory combined in Paris had allowed Sébastien Buemi to enhance his lead in the Championship, the Swiss racer heading into the second half of the season with a 43 point advantage. Lucas di Grassi remained the only man seemingly capable of keeping Buemi in sight, with third placed Nicolas Prost a further 31 points away. Elsewhere, Nick Heidfeld had moved back into the top five, overtaking Jean-Éric Vergne on the way to fourth, while Dillmann's maiden points finish meant there were 21 scorers in the 2016/17 edition of the FIA Formula E Championship.

Renault e.Dams benefited from the double non-score of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in the French capital to extend their lead in the Teams' Championship, having left their home race with 190 points on the board. Their German rivals were 75 points away as the only other team in triple figures for the season, although they seemed set to finish at least as high as second. Third placed Mahindra Racing managed to pull away from the chasing pack, while Techeetah slipped behind DS Virgin Racing and NextEV NIO after a miserable day in Paris.

FanBoost was opened on the 5th June 2017, and would remain open through until the opening minutes of the 2017 Berlin ePrix.[8]

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2017 Berlin ePrix I is displayed below:

2017 Berlin ePrix I Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-02
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China NextEV NIO NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 002
4 France Tom Dillmann Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-02
5 Germany Maro Engel Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-02
6 France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing Penske 701-EV
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing Penske 701-EV
8 France Nicolas Prost France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 16
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 16
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE02
19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M3 Electro
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 1
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M3 Electro
25 France Jean-Eric Vergne People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 16
27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United States MS Amlin Andretti Andretti ATEC-02
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of the United States MS Amlin Andretti Andretti ATEC-02
33 France Stéphane Sarrazin People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 16
37 Argentina José María López Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-02
47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 1
66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE02
88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey People's Republic of China NextEV NIO NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 002
Source:[9]

PracticeEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

QualifyingEdit

Group 1Edit

Group 2Edit

Group 3Edit

Group 4Edit

Super PoleEdit

Post QualifyingEdit

The final qualifying result for the 2017 Berlin ePrix I are outlined below:

2017 Berlin ePrix I Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:08.312 1
2nd 37 Argentina José María López DS Virgin Racing 1:08.313 +0.001s 2
3rd 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:08.395 +0.083s 3
4th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:08.650 +0.338s 4
5th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:09.724 +1.412s 5
Super Pole
1st 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:08.171 SP
2nd 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:08.321 +0.150s SP
3rd 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:08.325 +0.154s SP
4th 37 Argentina José María López DS Virgin Racing 1:08.349 +0.178s SP
5th 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:08.387 +0.216s SP
6th 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1:08.457 +0.286s 6
7th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 1:08.607 +0.436s 7
8th 66 Germany Daniel Abt ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:08.620 +0.449s 8
9th 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 1:08.692 +0.521s 9
10th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:08.825 +0.654s 10
11th 5 Germany Maro Engel Venturi 1:08.846 +0.675s 11
12th 33 France Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah 1:08.890 +0.719s 12
13th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NIO 1:08.961 +0.790s 13
14th 9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Renault e.Dams 1:09.010 +0.839s 14
15th 4 France Tom Dillmann Venturi 1:09.214 +1.043s 15
16th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 1:09.219 +1.048s 16
17th 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Andretti 1:09.630 +1.459s 17
18th 47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Jaguar Racing 1:09.898 +1.727s 18
19th 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 1:09.923 +1.752s 19
20th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti 1:11.147 +2.976s 20
Source:[9]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultEdit

The final classification of the 2017 Berlin ePrix I is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2017 Berlin ePrix I Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 44 0:53:19.661 1:10.888 25
2nd 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi FanBoosticon ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 44 +2.232s 1:11.070 21
3rd 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 44 +4.058s 1:10.948 15
4th 37 Argentina José María López DS Virgin Racing 44 +13.638s 1:11.224 12
5th 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 44 +19.068s 1:11.117 10
6th 66 Germany Daniel AbtFanBoosticon ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 44 +19.799s 1:11.241 8
7th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 44 +20.065s 1:10.949 6
8th* 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 44 +20.689s 1:11.352 4
9th 5 Germany Maro Engel Venturi 44 +39.030s 1:11.832 2
10th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 44 +40.985s 1:11.787 1
11th 33 France Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah 44 +42.682s 1:11.580
12th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NIO 44 +42.980s 1:11.574
13th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 44 +45.712s 1:11.822
14th 47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Jaguar Racing 44 +49.658s 1:11.687
15th 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 44 +59.010s 1:12.207
16th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti 44 +1:00.269 1:13.479
17th 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Andretti 44 +1:02.463 1:11.616
18th 4 France Tom Dillmann Venturi 44 +1:07.695 1:11.702
Ret 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 16 Suspension 1:10.224 1
DSQ 9 Switzerland Sébastien BuemiFanBoosticon Renault e.Dams 44 Disqualified 1:10.963
Source:[9]
  • FanBoosticon Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
  • * Vergne received a five second penalty after the race for an unsafe release.
  • Buemi was disqualified after the race for using illegal tyre pressures.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Despite missing out to maiden winner Felix Rosenqvist in the race, Lucas di Grassi did manage to make a dent in Sébastien Buemi's Championship lead. The Swiss racer's advantage was still over twenty points, although the Swiss racer would need a perfect result in the second ePrix of the weekend to guarantee he would still lead after the visit to New York. Behind di Grassi there was a tight three way scrap for third in the standings, with Nicolas Prost, race winner Rosenqvist, and Nick Heidfeld covered by six points.

Renault e.Dams continued to lead the Teams' Championship after the first of the Berlin ePrix in 2016/17, with only minor damage made to their advantage. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport had reduced the gap to the French squad to 66 points, but with Mahindra Racing claiming a double podium finish, it seemed as if they would be looking over the shoulders in a fight for second. DS Virgin Racing held station in fourth ahead of NextEV NIO, while Venturi moved ahead of Dragon Racing at the foot of the table.

 
2016/17 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 132 ◄0
2nd Brazil Lucas di Grassi 110 ◄0
3rd France Nicolas Prost 68 ◄0
4th Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 65 ▲2
5th Germany Nick Heidfeld 62 ▼1
6th France Jean-Eric Vergne 44 ▼1
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 41 ◄0
8th Argentina José María López 40 ▲1
9th Germany Daniel Abt 34 ▲1
10th Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 33 ▼2
11th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 16 ▲1
12th Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 16 ▼1
13th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 16 ◄0
14th Germany Maro Engel 14 ◄0
15th Portugal António Félix da Costa 10 ◄0
16th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 10 ◄0
17th France Loïc Duval 9 ◄0
18th Flag of Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 5 ◄0
19th Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll 4 ◄0
20th France Tom Dillmann 4 ◄0
21st France Stéphane Sarrazin 2 ◄0
2016/17 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st France Renault e.Dams 200 ◄0
2nd Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 144 ◄0
3rd Flag of India Mahindra Racing 127 ◄0
4th Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 81 ◄0
5th People's Republic of China Techeetah 49 ▲1
6th People's Republic of China NextEV NIO 49 ▼1
7th Flag of the United States Andretti Formula E Team 26 ◄0
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 20 ◄0
9th Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 20 ▲1
10th Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 19 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
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