Normality Resumed as Buemi wins in Berlin

Sebastien Buemi has won the Berlin ePrix after Felix Rosenqvist was given a ten second time penalty for an unsafe release. 

Rosenqvist was released into the path of his teammate during the pit stop which caused Heidfeld to swerve out of the way to avoid the crash.

It will be one of the first times an unsafe a team has been given an unsafe release for releasing their car into the path of their other car.

Rosenqvist still finished second with Lucas Di Grassi coming home in third.

Start of the Race

Rosenqvist made a great start, the Swedish driver was two seconds clear od Buemi by the end of the first lap. There was contact at the rear of the field as Maro Engel hit Loic Duval, and Engel was forced to pit to change his front wing.

Oliver Turvey was falling back quickly, as his NEXTEV car was struggling with his energy management in the early stages of the race as he fell from sixth place to ninth in one lap.

Nick Heidfeld had made eight places in the first five laps and was closing onto the back of Jerome D’Ambrosio, but the German had used the most usable power at that point in the race to achieve that.

Out in front, Rosenqvist and Buemi had a big gap to Jose Maria Lopez in third, as the leading duo were separated by a second after 10 laps.

The fight between the two Ds Virgin Racing drivers was intense as Bird was looking for a way through his teammate, but he couldn’t find a way through.

The two drivers came together at turn one on lap 17, and Bird lost two positions as he was forced wide by his teammate. Bird did extremely well to keep the car out of the barrier.

Lopez then started to fall down the field as Jean-Eric Vergne and Lucas Di Grassi and Daniel Abt passed the Ds Virgin driver.

Buemi had close the gap down to Rosenqvist to half a second as the drivers entered the pit stop window.

After the pit stops 

The whole field entered the pits on lap 23, but chaos quickly happened as Mahindra released  Rosenqvist into Heidfeld. The two drivers were able to avoid each other, but it was a clear unsafe release which the stewards investigated.

Meanwhile, Di Grassi and Vergne got into a great battle with Vergne for third place. The two drivers almost collided at the final corner, but Di Grassi was able to pass Vergne into turn one after forcing the Frenchman to make a mistake.

Rosenqvist was given a ten-second time penalty for the unsafe release which handed the race lead to Buemi.

Vergne struggled at the end of the race as Lopez passed Vergne to move into fifth place, and Vergne was again under attack from form Bird in the final few laps.

Rosenqvist crossed the line first but was only two seconds clear of Buemi, but he was able to keep hold of second after finishing 12 seconds clear of Di Grassi.

 

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