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Berlin E-Prix Facts and Figures

For the fifth time the ABB Formula E Championship electrified the German capital of Berlin. The crowd were treated to a home win, with Daniel Abt taking home all 29 points, becoming the second driver in a row to claim victory on home soil. We now look at the facts and figures behind the days racing in Berlin.

Race facts

  • – With Stephane Sarrazin joining Andretti for the remainder of the season, he has become the oldest driver on the grid, at the ripe old age of 42. This also meant that the current grid is the oldest in Formula E history with an average age of 31 years and 240 days, beating the previous record from Moscow Season 1 by 32 days.
  • – Practice One was topped by Nick Heidfeld, only the second session that he has topped in Formula E. The other also took place on home soil, when he topped Practice Two in the Saturday Berlin ePrix last season.
  • – Daniel Abt completed the Formula E grand slam, by leading every lap of the race. In so, becoming only the fifth driver to do this in Formula E, after Sebastien Buemi, Nico Prost, Felix Rosenqvist and team mate, Lucas di Grassi.
  • – For the first time, four drivers scored on home soil in the same race, when Abt, Maro Engel, Andre Lotterer and Heidfeld all finished in the Top 10.
  • – In Saturday’s race all 20 drivers finished on the lead lap, meaning for the first time 100% of racing laps were completed in an ePrix.

Opening lap - Position changes

After going around the outside of Turn 1 on the first lap, DS Virgin driver Sam Bird was able to make up three positions to move up to seventh place, the position he would eventually finish the race in.

However one driver who was unable to gain from going around the outside of Turn 1 was Felix Rosenqvist. The Mahindra driver lost control of his car on the dirty line and ran wide onto the painted escape road, costing him time and a total of nine positions. This moved him outside of the Top 10 and lost him any chance of keeping his title hopes alive, with Rosenqvist now being 76 points behind Vergne with 87 points remaining.

Overall Position changes

After being handed a ten place penalty for his last lap crash in Paris, Andre Lotterer started at the back of the grid, and being in arguably the fastest car, the German was always going to make up places. By the end of the race, even after serving a 10 second penalty, Lotterer finished in ninth. This was only the second race in which Lotterer has gained more than one place from his starting position, after the second Hong Kong race.

After making Super Pole for the first time this season, Jerome d’Ambrosio started in a respectable fourth, but due to car issues the Dragon driver dropped through the field to finish in 19th, meaning that the Dragon team have not scored in Berlin since their double podium in Season 1.

Fastest laps

Daniel Abt (1:12.409 - Lap 26)

Jean-Eric Vergne (1:12.488 - Lap 45)

Lucas di Grassi (1:12.675 - Lap 26)

Andre Lotterer (1:12.818 - Lap 42)

Sam Bird (1:12.999 - Lap 45)

Mitch Evans (1:13.057 - Lap 27)

Sebastien Buemi (1:13.080 - Lap 30)

Nelson Piquet (1:13.120 - Lap 38)

Oliver Turvey (1:13.171 - Lap 19)

Nicolas Prost (1:13.298 - Lap 26)

Jose Maria Lopez (1:13.408 - Lap 20)

Nick Heidfeld (1:13.440 - Lap 10)

Luca Filippi (1:13.505 - Lap 15)

Maro Engel (1:13.518 - Lap 37)

Tom Dillmann (1:13.530 - Lap 35)

Felix Rosenqvist (1:13.655 - Lap 36)

Stephane Sarrazin (1:13.669 - Lap 26)

Antonio Felix da Costa (1:13.706 - Lap 30)

Alex Lynn (1:13.707 - Lap 30)

Jerome d'Ambrosio (1:13.723 - Lap 6)

For the second time in three races Daniel Abt claimed fastest lap, taking his total points this season to 85, his highest ever. Jean-Eric Vergne and Lucas di Grassi, who both finished alongside Abt on the podium, set the second and third fastest laps respectively.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler have now scored 25 bonus points (15 for pole positions and 10 for fastest laps), which is only behind Renault e.dams (54) and DS Virgin Racing (27) and equal with Mahindra.

Five in Berlin

Berlin is now the only city to have hosted a race in every season, and with a double header in Season 3, the German capital has become the first city to host five ePrixs. There is also a lot more interesting facts from Formula E’s visits to Germany:

  • – Dragon claimed 40 points in Berlin, and all have come from a 1-3 finish in Season 1, the first ever Formula E team double podium.
  • – Ten drivers have competed in all five Berlin ePrixs, including Lucas di Grassi, who has stood on the podium each time. However, his Season 1 victory was later taken from him after the Brazilian was excluded for a technical infringement.
  • – Jean-Eric Vergne (one of only two drivers to finish in the top 10 of every Berlin ePrix) has made Super Pole three times in four races, and more than any other drivers.
  • – Berlin seems to have a low rate of attrition, with only seven drivers failing to be classified (two of whom were disqualified) from 98 starts. This puts Berlin (with a 92.9% rate) only behind Moscow (which hosted a race in Season 1 where 19 out of 20 drivers finished, 95%).
  • – Even though they have both been excluded in the German capital, Sebastien Buemi (80) and Lucas di Grassi (69) are the highest scorers in Berlin.
About Tom Bryan
Tom is a data analyst, who runs the @FormulaEStats twitter page, which gives a variety of facts and stats about the ABB Formula E Championship.