Lucas Di Grassi has secured victory in the Berlin E-Prix for Audi, as the German manufactuer makes it back to back wins in Berlin.
The Brazilian driver drove an intelligent race after starting in third place and calculated the best moments to pass Stoffel Vandoorne and Sebastien Buemi. Di Grassi passed both drivers on the inside of Turn 6 and then drove away to claim the top spot.
Di Grassi’s win now moves him six points behind championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne who finished third after starting in eighth place.
The reigning champion carved his way through the field with Turn 6 and 7 being his favourite overtaking spot, as he passed Alex Lynn, Stoffel Vandoorne and Antonio Felix Da Costa.
However, despite Vergne having more energy than Sebastien Buemi in the closing stages, he couldn’t pass the Swiss driver who started on pole position.
Buemi got off to a clean start but was unable to pull away from the field and he was eventually passed by Di Grassi at Turn 6 on lap 5.
Da Costa came home in fourth place. The Portuguese driver used his first Attack Mode brilliantly to move him into second place, but the BMW driver had to conserve energy after moving up the order which allowed Buemi and Vergne to pass.
Vandoorne capped off a great day for him and HWA with a fifth-place finish. The Belgian driver started the race in second but fell back to fifth, but remained competitive throughout the E-Prix.
Daniel Abt came home in sixth place for Audi with Alexander Sims finishing in seventh place and Oliver Rowland finished in eighth.
Sam Bird took home two points for Virgin Racing with Pascal Wehrelin taking the final point in tenth place.
The race saw two retirements, which were Alex Lynn and Andre Lotterer. Lynn, who was fighting in the top five had a rear axle failure which caused his rear tyres to lock out of the final corner.
Lynn’s retirement brought out the Full Course Yellow which lasted two laps and made energy management less crucial towards the end of the race.
Lotterer -who was second in the championship at the start of the day- failed to finish after a battery issue caused the German to retire from the race.
As the race goes into the final three races of the session the top five drivers in the championship are covered by 21 points with Vergne’s lead cut down to six points.