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Germany 2017 Berlin ePrix I
Berlin Layout 2017
The all new "Tempelhofring" at the famed airport.
Race Information
Date 10th June 2017
Official Name 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix
Location Flag of Berlin Tempelhofring, 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, dubbed the "Tempelhofring".[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-Éric 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

The qualifying format remained unchanged in Berlin, with four groups of five randomly drawn drivers taking to the circuit in a six minute window.[10] Once each member of each group had set a time, the top five were to be siphoned off to compete in the Super Pole shoot, with the rest of the grid based on the other drivers' times from the Group stage.[10] Super Pole would see each driver get a completely empty circuit to try and set another quick time, with the fastest of the quintet starting from pole position.[10]

Group 1Edit

Sam Bird headlined the first group of the session, the Brit once again among the favourites to make Super Pole with DS Virgin Racing.[10] Daniel Abt was also expected to do well with the ABT Schaeffler effort, while Adam Carroll would hope to at least break the top ten in the ever improving Jaguar.[10] Completing the quintet would be the two Andrettis of António Félix da Costa and Robin Frijns, who both aimed the break the top ten despite the team's poor form.[10]

Bird would indeed do well in the first group, his time of 1:08.321 among the fastest set in either practice session.[3] Abt ended the group second fastest, three tenths back, while Frijns got the better of Carroll, both over a second off of Abt's pace.[3] Finally came da Costa, who was unable to set a full power lap and so ended the session slowest overall with a 1:11.147.[3]

Group 2Edit

The second group of the day would see two Renault creations enter the fray, although it was Jean-Éric Vergne in the customer run Techeetah effort that was expected to get into Super Pole.[10] Nicolas Prost would go into battle for the factory backed Renault e.Dams team but in the middle of a poor run of form, hoping to simply break into the top ten.[10] That goal would be shared by the two Dragons of Loïc Duval and Jérôme d'Ambrosio, as well as Maro Engel in the first of the Venturis.[10]

Vergne ultimately proved to be the class of the second quintet, although his time of 1:08.457 was slower than he had managed in practice.[3] Prost, meanwhile, failed to beat Abt for Renault, and was only just ahead of d'Ambrosio's impressive effort as the Belgian edged out Engel.[3] Duval, in-contrast, was less than spectacular as he qualified down in nineteenth once the rest of the field had run.[3]

Group 3Edit

Into the third quintet and title pretender Lucas di Grassi got his shot in qualifying, needing a strong result to try and challenge the runaway leader Sébastien Buemi.[10] The Brazilian would share the session with Felix Rosenqvist of Mahindra, as well as the second Virgin of José María López, both of whom would expect to challenge for the final session.[10] That left Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr. in the battle to make the top ten for Jaguar and NextEV NIO.[10]

It was Rosenqvist who shot to the top of the overall timesheet in the third group, the young Swede recording the fastest time of the weekend at 1:08.171, two tenths faster than di Grassi.[3] Indeed, the Brazilian would end the session in fourth overall, with Lopez managing to squeeze inbetween the ABT driver and his teammate Bird.[3] Piquet would qualify outside of the top ten with a general lack of pace, while Evans was disappointed to only manage sixteenth after the final group had run.[3]

Group 4Edit

Championship leader Buemi would get his shot at qualifying in the final group of the day, and was the standout favourite to get into Super Pole from the quintet.[10] Nick Heidfeld was another expected to do well in front of his home fans, while Oliver Turvey also had the potential to do well.[10] Stéphane Sarrazin was not expected to do as well as new teammate Vergne given that he had only tried the Techeetah Renault in practice that morning, while his Venturi replacement Tom Dillmann simply hoped to get into the top ten.[10]

There was a huge shock during the final session, as Buemi failed to make it into Super Pole in his ill-handling Renault, complaining about a lack of grip.[3] Such was the Swiss racer's lack of pace that he only just managed to beat the rookie Dillmann, ending the session in fourteenth overall, while Sarrazin put the sister car up in twelfth.[3] Turvey, meanwhile, had a strong run to seventh overall, while Heidfeld booked himself a spot in Super Pole by splitting to two Virgins.[3]

Super PoleEdit

Having qualified fifth in the group stage it was di Grassi who hit the circuit first in Super Pole, although he would break the traditional trend in FE by beating his earlier time.[3] The Brazilian recorded a 1:08.312, although his strong effort was also instantly beaten by Lopez in the first of the Virgins.[3] Indeed, the Argentine seemed to have truly found his feet in Berlin, but would miss out on provisional pole by 0.001s.[3]

With the equivalent of 5mm splitting the front two the pressure was on for Heidfeld, although the German driver's time would fade away after a strong opening sector.[3] Bird went next but made a mistake early on, leaving him last of the group, before Rosenqvist hit the circuit after his record lap earlier in the day.[3] Yet, the Swede was unable to match his earlier time and duly qualified third, meaning di Grassi took the three points for pole.[3] It was also the closest ever gap between first and second in qualifying in FE history.[3]

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-Éric 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

Saturday afternoon in Berlin proved to be a warm affair, with air temperatures hovering around 23°C, while the circuit sat at around 34°C.[11] Those temperatures would mean that a little caution would have to be made in terms of cooling batteries, but otherwise the conditions were perfect for racing.[11] Indeed, the only other concern for the teams would be tyre use, with the long sweeping first corner particularly punishing for the front right Michelin tyre.[11]

ReportEdit

Lucas di Grassi would make a perfect start from pole to leap into an early lead, leaving José María López to sort himself out in second.[11] Unfortunately for the Argentine he would make a mess of his start, allowing not only Felix Rosenqvist but Nick Heidfeld to dive up the inside of his DS Virgin into turn one.[11] Teammate Sam Bird also tried a move but was on the inside, meaning López's dropped from second to fourth before the second corner.[11]

The rest of the opening lap was relatively clean bar some minor bumping and grinding, with di Grassi streaking clear at the front of the field ahead of the two Mahindras.[11] Next up were the two Virgins of López and Bird, with Daniel Abt behind, despite the German's attempts to throw away sixth place into turn one at the start of lap two.[11] Jean-Éric Vergne was next ahead of Maro Engel, while Championship leader Sébastien Buemi had made no progress off the line, and so remained in fourteenth.[11]

There would be some drama at the end of the second tour, with Stéphane Sarrazin throwing a late move at Nelson Piquet Jr. into turn nine, ultimately escaping in twelfth.[11] Elsewhere, Mitch Evans appeared to have made a trip into the barriers at some point, for the Kiwi was spotted in the pits with broken front suspension at the end of the lap.[11] He would rejoin several laps down after a repair had been tried, before ultimately deciding to have his spare car setup so that he could go for fastest lap instead.[11]

The race soon settled after that point, with Heidfeld seemingly holding up the two Virgins, while Buemi picked his way up the order with a dive on Piquet in turn one.[11] Indeed, the Swiss racer was the centre of attention for most of the early stages, with a dive past Sarrazin in turn nine putting Buemi into twelfth at the end of lap seven.[11] He would follow that up with an identical move on Jérôme d'Ambrosio two laps later, moments after his teammate Nicolas Prost elbowed Engel out of the way through turn one.[11]

After Buemi moved past the Dragon, d'Ambrosio found himself under attack from Sarrazin, who was himself coming under pressure from Piquet.[11] So desperate was the Frenchman's need to pass the Belgian that he threw his Techeetah at the Dragon on the inside of the final corner, only to lock the rear axle and run wide.[11] d'Ambrosio scrambled through still in twelfth, while Sarrazin had to defend heavily from Piquet to retain thirteenth into turn one.[11]

Back with Buemi and the Swiss racer was now carving his way through the lower end of the top ten, a move on Oliver Turvey into turn six putting him into the points.[11] A few laps later and the #9 Renault was scything past Engel for ninth at turn nine, before sprinting off the catch the queue of cars ahead.[11] Indeed, amid the fighting lower down the field, Heidfeld had suddenly pulled clear of López and co., leaving the Argentine to lead a line of cars piloted by Bird, Abt, Vergne and Prost.[11]

Indeed, it seemed as if both Mahindras were on the warpath as the pitstops approached, with Rosenqvist cruising into the mirrors of di Grassi as the race passed lap twenty.[11] The sight of the Swede's Mahindra clearly spooked the Brazilian, for di Grassi locked up twice in the space of four corners on the twentieth tour.[11] That allowed Rosenqvist to get even closer ahead of the pitwindow opening, with the Swede in striking position as they started lap 22.[11]

Rosenqvist's move was so immediate on di Grassi that it seemed to catch everyone out, for the Mahindra simply drove around the outside of the ABT Schaeffler into turn one.[11] Having seen his closest challenger go ahead, di Grassi tried to mount a response, throwing his car at the back of the Swede into turn six.[11] Both then had huge lock-ups into the turn nine hairpin before darting into the pits, followed by everyone bar the two Andrettis at the very back of the field.[11]

The two Andretti drivers had opted for an alternative strategy, going long on their first stint to try and benefit from a safety car.[11] Unfortunately for them their pace was so poor that both Rosenqvist and di Grassi manged to complete their stops before Robin Frijns passed the pit exit, meaning he only jumped up to third before his stop.[11] The Dutchman would duly stop at the end of lap 23, while António Félix da Costa lasted until the end of the following tour.[11]

That said, da Costa would have an impact in the fight for fourth, as his slow pace on his in-lap allowed gaps to appear in the now ex-López train.[11] Indeed, the Argentine had already benefited from poor stops for teammate Bird and Abt, meaning Vergne and Prost were a couple of seconds away from his tail.[11] The slow da Costa ultimately slipped behind the Argentine without issue, with Vergne and co. left to sort it out amongst themselves.[11]

Furthermore, the delays in the pits had allowed Buemi to almost halve the gap the Vergne led group, and as Bird sent his Virgin diving past Abt for seventh, the Swiss racer pulled right onto the German's tail.[11] It would take a couple of laps before Buemi got into a proper striking position, before simply cruising past the German along the start/finish straight as Abt decided to regen rather than defend.[11] By this stage Abt had fallen off the back of the Vergne train, meaning Buemi still had work to do to make further progress.[11]

With a little over ten laps to go it was clear that all the fighting would be for fifth, with Rosenqvist pulling clear of di Grassi, while Heidfeld and López were making little ground.[11] Indeed, Buemi's latest lunge into turn nine, this time to take seventh from Bird, would prompt teammate Prost into action, with the Frenchman knowing he would have to surrender his position if Buemi caught up to the back of him.[11] Prost duly sent a lunge at Vergne into turn one at the start of 35, only to see the Techeetah block the move with a lunge of his own to the inside of the corner.[11]

That lunge by Vergne proved costly for Prost, with the Frenchman easing off down the start/finish straight on the following lap to hand Buemi sixth.[11] That left the Swiss racer squarely in the mirrors of Vergne, although whether the Swiss racer had any need to take the Frenchman soon came to the fore as news of a penalty for Vergne was released.[11] Indeed, Vergne had been slapped with a five second time penalty for an unsafe release, after his Techeetah crew had released the Frenchman right into the path of Tom Dillmann.[11]

Indeed, Buemi would make one attempt to pass the sister car into turn nine, although Vergne managed to deny the Swiss racer the inside line.[11] That, ultimately, proved to be the last piece of action on track, leaving Rosenqvist to cruise home to claim his first FE victory, two seconds clear of di Grassi and Heidfeld.[11] López was a lonely fourth ahead of Vergne, while Buemi and Prost had eased their pace on the final lap to make sure they had enough energy to finish.[11] Unseen, Abt had moved past Bird having caught onto the Vergne train in closing stages, while Engel collected the final point in tenth.[11]

After the race, however, it was found that Buemi had finished the race with illegal tyre pressures on both his cars, meaning he was to be disqualified from the result.[5] Renault e.Dams considered an appeal but ultimately ceded defeat, meaning Buemi was thrown out of the results.[5] Turvey was thus put back into the top ten, while Vergne, having been originally classified in ninth, was promoted to eighth.[5]

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 Abt FanBoosticon 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-Éric 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 Buemi FanBoosticon 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-Éric 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 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

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