Abt turns pole into victory at Berlin Formula E

Daniel Abt

Daniel Abt has turned pole position into a race win for Audi at the FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix.

The German driver led home team-mate Lucas di Grassi in a commanding performance to secure a one-two result for Audi at his home race, while Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne extended his championship lead with a third place finish.

“It’s super special,” said Abt.

“I keep saying I have these weeks where I just feel like good stuff is going to happen and I had this feeling here in my home round.

“There is so much positive energy from everyone around, from the fans to the staff.

“I felt confident today all of a sudden, in qualifying there was not much more in it and was spot on and from then on, I knew we could win it.

“To get a one-two with Lucas was so special for Audi, for everyone and the team.”

Abt comfortably assumed the top spot at the start ahead of fellow front-row starter Oliver Turvey (NIO), as Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) slotted his way into third.

Before long, Abt had pulled clear of Turvey as di Grassi charged his way into the top three after starting fifth, with successive moves down the inside at the Turn 6 hairpin to put himself second.

When the pit stops came around, Abt held over a four-second lead at the head of the field, with Turvey the first of the front runners to stop on Lap 22, followed by the rest of the top five a lap later.

Upon rejoining, it appeared di Grassi would challenge for the lead, however, Abt managed to re-establish his margin and take the chequered flag 6.7s ahead of his Audi stable-mate.

The win is Abt’s second Formula E triumph and with di Grassi in second, it hands Audi its first one-two result in the championship.

Vergne battled his way past Sébastien Buemi (DAMS) in the closing stages to finish third after losing out to the Swede in the car-swap sequence.

Buemi ended up fourth ahead of Turvey and New Zealander Mitch Evans who finished sixth for Jaguar.

Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), who is Vergne’s closet rival in the championship standings, came home seventh meaning that the latter now holds a 40-point advantage with three rounds remaining.

Maro Engel crossed the line eighth for Venturi, while Andre Lotterer (Techeetah) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) rounded out the top 10.

D’Ambrosio ultimately found himself in 19th after running near the front in the early stages.

Formula E will now head to the Zurich Street Circuit for Round 10 on June 10.

Race highlights

Race results: Race 9, Berlin

Pos Num Driver Team Race time/Split
1 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 55:35.546 (45 laps)
2 1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +6.758
3 25 Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah +12.894
4 9 Sébastien Buemi Renault e.dams +17.282
5 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team +19.620
6 20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +24.586
7 2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing +34.610
8 5 Maro Engel Venturi Formula E Team +37.814
9 18 André Lotterer Techeetah +44.359
10 23 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing +45.931
11 19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing +46.381
12 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing +49.087
13 4 Tom Dillmann Venturi Formula E Team +50.150
14 8 Nico Prost Renault e.dams +50.381
15 28 António Félix da Costa MS&AD Andretti Formula E +52.715
16 36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing +53.000
17 68 Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team +53.302
18 6 José María López Dragon Racing +53.611
19 7 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +54.289
20 27 Stéphane Sarrazin MS&AD Andretti Formula E +1:06.954

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Jean-Éric Vergne 162
2 Sam Bird 122
3 Felix Rosenqvist 86
4 Daniel Abt 85
5 Sébastien Buemi 82
6 Lucas di Grassi 76
7 Mitch Evans 51
8 Nelson Piquet Jr. 45
9 Oliver Turvey 44
10 André Lotterer 43
11 Edoardo Mortara 29
12 Maro Engel 27
13 Nick Heidfeld 22
14 Alex Lynn 17
15 António Félix da Costa 16
16 José María López 14
17 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 12
18 Nico Prost 7
19 Tom Blomqvist 4
20 Luca Filippi 1
21 Tom Dillmann 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi 0
23 Ma Qing Hua 0
24 Neel Jani 0
25 Stéphane Sarrazin 0

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