|2017 Berlin ePrix II|
The revised Tempelhof Airport ePrix circuit.
|Date||11th June 2017|
|Official Name||2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix|
|Location||Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany|
|Lap length||2.277km (1.415mi)|
|Distance||46 laps / 104.742km (65.084mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Felix Rosenqvist|
|Fastest Lap||1:09.509 on lap 14|
|Sébastien Buemi||Felix Rosenqvist||Lucas di Grassi|
|Winner Team||Renault e.Dams|
|Berlin I||New York I|
The 2017 Berlin ePrix II, otherwise known as the 2017 FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix, is set to be the eighth round of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, held on the 11th June 2017 at Tempelhof Airport. The race, which was added to the calendar after the cancellation of the Brussels ePrix, would be the fourth ePrix to be staged in Berlin and the second to be held in the German capital that weekend.
Having taken his maiden victory the day before, Felix Rosenqvist was the man to sweep to pole position for the second race of the weekend, despite going half a second slower than he had in FP2. Sébastien Buemi would line-up alongside him, with the correct tyre pressures this time, while title pretender Lucas di Grassi slipped from pole on Saturday to seventh on the grid on Sunday.
It was grid order as the field shot away from the start line, with Rosenqvist sweeping into the first corner unchallenged by Buemi. Behind Buemi there was a concertina effect as the field plunged into the tightening turn one, with some minor contact in the mid-pack as they all squeezed to use the same piece of apron.
A scruffy opening lap saw Maro Engel pick up terminal damage on his first car, while several runners at the back of the field picked up minor front wing damage. Fortunately the drivers would calm down on the second tour, allowing Nick Heidfeld to begin his climb from the back of the grid having suffered an electrical issue in qualifying. The German's rise through the order saw him ultimately breech the top ten just before the stops, having methodically picked off his rivals one-by-one.
Elsewhere, Oliver Turvey proved to be a moving chicane in the top ten, being quickly dispatched by di Grassi, Daniel Abt and Nicolas Prost. The two DS Virgins of José María López and Sam Bird, meanwhile, were getting increasingly aggressive in their fight for third and so there was little surprise when the two almost came together on the eve of the pitstops. Lopez ran his teammate wide through turn one, leaving Bird to scramble across the dust and debris on the outside of the corner, meaning Vergne, di Grassi and Abt slithered past.
Unfortunately for Lopez the move did little to help his campaign, for he was picked off by the same trio just before the field swept into the pits for the car change. That was bad news for race leader Rosenqvist, who almost lost his lead when Mahindra released his car from the garage, straight into the path of teammate Heidfeld. Only quick thinking from Heidfeld prevented contact, although the team were instantly placed under investigation for an unsafe release.
After the stops it was Jean-Éric Vergne who took the spotlight, as the Frenchman fought off the two ABT Schaefflers and the Virgins for the rest of the race, ultimately slipping behind di Grassi, Abt and Lopez. Rosenqvist, meanwhile, was slapped with a ten second penalty for his unsafe release, a decision which handed victory to Buemi. The Swiss racer duly inherited the victory at the chequered flag, while Rosenqvist just maintained an eleven second advantage over di Grassi to finish second.
The second Berlin ePrix of the 2016/17 season was proposed after issues arouse around the Brussels ePrix, which was originally scheduled to take place in late June. Rather than drop a round, however, Formula E Holdings and the FIA decided to add a second race in the German capital, held on the same weekend. This meant that there would be minimum disruption for teams, as cars and equipment no longer needed to be transported 500 miles, and ensured that a twelve race calendar survived.
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.
The full entry list for the 2017 Berlin ePrix II is displayed below:
The final qualifying result for the 2017 Berlin ePrix II are outlined below:
|2017 Berlin ePrix II Qualifying Result|
|1st||19||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||1:08.208||—||1|
|2nd||9||Sébastien Buemi||Renault e.Dams||1:08.306||+0.098s||2|
|3rd||37||José María López||DS Virgin Racing||1:08.454||+0.246s||3|
|4th||2||Sam Bird||DS Virgin Racing||1:08.688||+0.480s||4|
|1st||2||Sam Bird||DS Virgin Racing||1:07.805||—||SP|
|2nd||37||José María López||DS Virgin Racing||1:07.854||+0.049s||SP|
|4th||9||Sébastien Buemi||Renault e.Dams||1:08.022||+0.217s||SP|
|5th||19||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||1:08.035||+0.230s||SP|
|6th||88||Oliver Turvey||NextEV NIO||1:08.142||+0.337s||6|
|7th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||1:08.223||+0.418s||7|
|8th||66||Daniel Abt||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||1:08.348||+0.543s||8|
|9th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:08.356||+0.551s||9|
|10th||8||Nicolas Prost||Renault e.Dams||1:08.465||+0.660s||10|
|11th||6||Loïc Duval||Dragon Racing||1:08.483||+0.678s||11|
|12th||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||1:08.552||+0.747s||12|
|17th||28||António Félix da Costa||Andretti||1:09.085||+1.280s||17|
|18th||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||NextEV NIO||1:09.149||+1.344s||18|
|19th||47||Adam Carroll||Jaguar Racing||1:09.543||+1.738s||19|
|20th||23||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||1:11.267||+3.462s||20|
The final classification of the 2017 Berlin ePrix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2017 Berlin ePrix II Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||9||Sébastien Buemi||Renault e.Dams||46||0:56:02.155||1:11.294||25|
|2nd*||19||Felix Rosenqvist||Mahindra Racing||46||+7.195s||1:11.328||21|
|3rd||11||Lucas di Grassi||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||46||+10.862s||1:11.507||15|
|4th||66||Daniel Abt||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||46||+13.631s||1:11.701||12|
|5th||37||José María López||DS Virgin Racing||46||+20.324s||1:11.840||10|
|7th||2||Sam Bird||DS Virgin Racing||46||+21.959s||1:11.850||6|
|8th||8||Nicolas Prost||Renault e.Dams||46||+22.155s||1:11.593||4|
|9th||88||Oliver Turvey||NextEV NIO||46||+34.949s||1:12.062||2|
|10th||23||Nick Heidfeld||Mahindra Racing||46||+35.814s||1:11.378||1|
|11th||28||António Félix da Costa||Andretti||46||+44.057s||1:11.785|
|12th||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||NextEV NIO||46||+44.439s||1:11.921|
|13th||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||46||+47.336s||1:11.906|
|16th||47||Adam Carroll||Jaguar Racing||46||+1:05.426||1:11.881|
|17th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||46||+1:07.018||1:11.815|
|Ret||6||Loïc Duval||Dragon Racing||33||Retired||1:09.690|
- Indicates that a driver was awarded FanBoost during the ePrix.
- * Rosenqvist was awarded a ten second penalty after the race for an unsafe release after his pitstop.
- Fourth Berlin ePrix.
- Third time that Tempelhof Airport has hosted an ePrix.
- Second pole position for Felix Rosenqvist.
- Twelfth victory for Sébastien Buemi.
- It was the Swiss racer's sixth of the season, meaning he had won half of the season's rounds.
- Renault e.Dams triumphed for the fifteenth time.
- Maro Engel claimed set fastest lap for the first time.
Inheriting victory meant Sébastien Buemi managed to extend his lead in the Championship to 32 points, leaving him vulnerable to Lucas di Grassi should the Brazilian have a strong weekend in New York, the double header that Buemi would miss. The Brazilian could establish an eighteen point advantage if he claimed victory in both races on the streets of Brooklyn, meaning the Championship fight would go to the final round. Elsewhere, Felix Rosenqvist moved into the top three after claiming second place, and was still mathematically in the title fight, Nicolas Prost dropped to third, while Nick Heidfeld completed the top five.
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport had only managed to take two points out of Teams' Championship leaders Renault e.Dams, meaning the French squad still had a healthy 58 point advantage. Mahindra Racing were instead threatening the German squad for second, the gap coming down to 22 points after the Berlin double header, with the Indian backed squad over 50 points clear of fourth placed DS Virgin Racing. Techeetah sat in fifth ahead of compatriots NextEV NIO, while Venturi pulled up to a season high eighth place with another point.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Videos and Images:
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'All-new track as Berlin double header replaces Brussels ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/all-new-track-as-berlin-double-header-replaces-brussels-eprix/, (Accessed 10/03/2017)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'Rosenqvist lands Tempelhof pole', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/rosenqvist-lands-tempelhof-pole/, (Accessed 17/06/2017)
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 'Buemi gifted win by Mahindra pitstop confusion', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/buemi-gifted-win-by-mahindra-pitstop-confusion/, (Accessed 17/06/2017)
- ↑ 'Fan Boost opens for Berlin Race 2', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/fan-boost-opens-for-berlin-race-2/, (Accessed 17/06/2017)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Formula E: Berlin, DE - ePrix Race Results', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/results/race-results/season/2022016/round/8, (Accessed 10/06/2017)