20:27 – Antonio Felix da Costa has also credited the second ePrix after the corona break to his record. The Portuguese thus achieved his second victory in two days. Just like yesterday, he dominated the race in Berlin and drove to the first place without any major threat. Robin Frijns crossed the line in fourth place.
For the second day in a row, the Formula E drivers drove in Berlin, the place where no fewer than six races are held in nine days for the decision of the electric championship. Just like yesterday, Felix da Costa already took pole position in the afternoon. In that session, Buemi and Lynn secured themselves from the starting places immediately behind him. The Dutch also did well in qualifying. Both Nyck de Vries and Robin Frijns made the superpole session. The men therefore started fourth and fifth in the second showdown.
Even a Mercedes can break: DNF for De Vries
The start at the Tempelhof of Berlin was good for Da Costa just after seven o’clock, he easily kept the lead. After a struggle with Lynn, De Vries took third place. Frijns remained in his position and came through the first lap fifth. After a few laps, the Limburger had still found the speed and took Lynn and later even De Vries for third place. Lynn was unable to keep up with the pace at the front and saw Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Rowland pass after the first ten minutes. After Günther broke his left front, the first ‘full course yellow’ came. Once it ended, De Vries experienced a moment of inattention and was outshone by Di Grassi for P4.
However, the fun was short-lived. Moments later there was yellow again all over the track, this time for a wheel cover from Sam Bird. The fact that the fun was only short-lived, applied in a more dramatic sense to De Vries. Where Di Grassi took over Frijns’ third place after the second ‘full course yellow’, fate struck completely for the other Dutchman. He shot straight ahead and suddenly was no longer in his Mercedes. He dropped out from fifth place. After the new full course yellow that followed, several battles ensued. Buemi, Di Grassi and Frijns were close to each other. To the satisfaction of the leading Da Costa, who was able to easily grab his first attack mode and thus expanded the lead. He showed his dominance in Berlin once again.
Frijns fights in vain for the podium, Da Costa dominates
Meanwhile, Vandoorne climbed into the only working Mercedes. The double overtaking action on Rowland and Bird for fifth place was particularly impressive. With fifteen minutes to go, the drivers took their second attack mode. Di Grassi went to second for a moment, but Buemi was able to take him back quickly. Towards the end of the race, Frijns and Di Grassi continued to fight for the third and therefore final podium place. Frijns passed it for a while, but the Brazilian parried the attack in the same round.
The Limburger tried a few more times in the last minutes, but these attempts were unsuccessful. It all happened at an appropriate distance from Felix da Costa, who turned a dominant race into a new victory in Berlin. Buemi took second place and Di Grassi went to the podium. Frijns and Vandoorne completed the top-five behind it. The Belgian came from outside the top ten and also took the fastest race lap. Bird, Rowland, Mortara, Lotterer and Vergne scored points to complete the top ten. Vergne lost a lot of ground in the last laps, but he was not completely dry.