Bern E-Prix Facts and Figures
For the second time Formula E raced around the streets of Switzerland, but this time the paddock journeyed to Bern. After a tense battle with Mitch Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne claimed victory extending his championship lead to 32 points, leaving eight drivers in contention going into New York. We now take a look at the facts and figures behind the days racing in Bern.
- – Jean-Eric Vergne topped Group 1 in Bern, and in doing so the DS Techeetah driver took the record for the most qualifying groups topped (23). Vergne also became the first driver under the new qualifying order this season to claim Pole Position from Group 1.
- – With Antonio Felix da Costa claiming the fastest lap and Alexander Sims claiming the second fastest lap in Bern, for the first time BMW had the two fastest laps of the race. BMW become the fifth team to have this achievement, and this is the fourth time that this a team has set the two fastest laps in Season 5.
- – Vergne becomes the first driver to have led over 100 laps this season and he joins Sebastien Buemi as the only two drivers to have led over 100 laps in two different seasons. Buemi led 100 laps in each of the first three seasons, and the current championship leader, Vergne, also led 100 laps last season.
- – After the early Red Flag, the Safety Car led the drivers around the track for one lap. This marked the 50th appearance of a Safety Car in Formula E. Season 5 had seen 12 Safety Cars, the first time this number has been in double figures since Season 1 (14 Safety Car appearances).
- – Vergne topped Practice 1 and Super Pole as well as taking the race victory. This marks the first time since Paris last season that a driver has topped three sessions in a day. Vergne is the only driver to have achieved this in the last two seasons, having topped three session in a day on three occasions in Season 4. However, Buemi stills holds the record, having topped three sessions in a day on eight occasions (including five times in Season 2).
After having to qualify in Group 1, Lucas di Grassi was only able to start from 19th on the grid. The Brazilian worked his way through the field to cross the line in tenth place, which became ninth once Andre Lotterer’s penalty for exiting the pit lane under a red light was imposed. This leaves the Audi driver 32 points adrift of the championship leader, Jean-Eric Vergne, and looking like the only driver to stop Vergne claiming successive championships.
The Bern E-Prix was a record seventh time that Lucas di Grassi has gained ten or more places in a single race. This race also moves Audi equal with Mahindra on nine occasions having gained ten or more places.
Having started second on the grid Mitch Evans was not able to find a way past Vergne as the Kiwi driver crossed the line only 0.160 behind the Frenchman. This marks only the second time in his 35 Formula E races that Mitch Evans finished where he started, and it ends a streak of gaining places in every race since this seasons’ Marrakesh E-Prix.
Consecutive Super Pole Appearances
With Sebastien Buemi making it into Super Pole for the 27th time in Formula E, Nissan e.dams became the first team to get into Super Pole in ten consecutive E-Prixs. Nissan have also made it into Super Pole in every race they could have, since the Ad Diriyah E-Prix had the Super Pole session cancelled.
Envision Virgin Racing held the previous record having had a driver in Super Pole in nine consecutive races from the last race of Season 3 to the Season 4 Paris E-Prix.
Along with Nissan, Panasonic Jaguar Racing are the other team to have their current Super Pole streak being the team’s best streak. Either Mitch Evans or Alex Lynn have made it into Super Pole in the last three races.
Surprisingly, BMW are the only team to have competed in every Formula E race to not have had consecutive Super Pole appearances. The German manufacturer have only claimed nine Super Pole appearances since the start of Season 2.
The current record for the longest driver’s streak is held by both Felix Rosenqvist and Sebastien Buemi, who have both had six consecutive Super Pole appearances (a record Buemi could break if he gets into Super Pole in the first race in New York).
Lucas di Grassi claimed his 30th FanBoost in Bern, which is only behind the 37 that Sebastien Buemi has claimed. This means that the Swiss city is the 19th city that di Grassi has claimed the boost in, which is more than any other driver, even Buemi. di Grassi has only missed out FanBoost in Putrajaya, Punta del Este and Miami. The most FanBoosts that di Grassi has in a single city is four, in both Berlin and Mexico City.
Even though Antonio Felix da Costa and Stoffel Vandoorne sit fourth and fifth on the list with 11 cities each, all of these cities have come from Season 5. Both drivers are currently on an 11 race FanBoost streak and just three away from the all-time record held by di Grassi.