Di Grassi Wins in Berlin and joins the championship fight

Lucas Di Grassi has forced himself into championship contention after picking up 25 points for winning Saturday’s Berlin E-Prix. 

Edoardo Mortara pushed the Audi driver all the way and tried to overtake the Brazilian by taking a wider line into the final corner in an attempt to out drag Di Grassi across the finish line, which he was unable to do.

Mortara had to settle for second and Mitch Evans was able to see off attacks from Norman Nato and Jean-Eric Vergne to secure third place for the Jaguar Racing team.

The race was decided on a strategic decision of when to use Attack Mode. Drivers who took Attack Mode early lost out due to championship contender Sam Bird retiring on the start-finish straight which brought out the safety car. Bird’s car simply came to a halt, but the British driver was hit earlier in the race which could have caused his retirement from the race.

After the safety car, Rene Rast took Attack Mode and was able to move from 12th to second after using his one allocation for eight minutes. However, Rast took the Attack Mode too early and then slipped back through the field and finished ninth because he was unable to keep the drivers behind who took Attack Mode later.

Ds Techeetah, who started the race on the front-row lost pace during the race and slipped back through the field. Da Costa was reporting regen issues on the radio at Turn 1, but when the Chinese team took their Attack Modes they were unable to capitalise on their extra performance as well as the driver around them were able to.

Di Grassi and Mortara were able to use Attack Mode to power their way to the front of the pack and the squabbles behind them allowed them to build a five-second buffer from the battle for third.

Norman Nato may have thought he secured third after he stopped Evans passing him at Turn 1 as the Kiwi ran out Attack Mode.  However, Evans was able to pass Nato at Turn 7 to finish in third.

Nato finished fourth ahead of Jake Dennis in fifth. Vergne dropped from pole position down to sixth with his teammate behind him in seventh. Ds Techeetah will be looking into where it went wrong today.

Maximilian Gunther was eigith in the second BMW. Rast was ninth and Andre Lotterer scored the final point in tenth.

Championship contneders Stoffel Vandoorne and Robin Frijns could only manage 12th and 15th. Nyck De Vries remains the championship leader despite finishing in 22nd. The Mercedes driver had contact with Alex Lynn at Turn 3 and had to come into the pits.

Pascal Wehrlein also had to pit during the race after picking up a left-front puncture and finished in 21st.

 

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