FIA Formula E Championship – Berlin ePrix race report

Get the latest info on the championship here

Jérôme d’Ambrosio inherited victory in round 8 of the FIA Formula E Championship, after race winner Lucas Di Grassi was stripped of the win following a technical infringement.

The race was held on a course constructed at Berlin’s former Tempelhof airport, the dusty and dirty surface and tight, twisty nature of the track providing a tough challenge for the drivers, teams and the Michelin Pilot Sport EV tyres fitted to all the cars.  With 17 corners during the 2.47km lap, and an abrasive surface due to the ageing concrete slabs, the race promised plenty of overtaking and didn’t disappoint. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) dominated the first free practice session, with Brazilian Luca di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt) heading the second. However, come qualifying Italy’s Jarno Trulli (Trulli Racing) surprised everyone by securing his first pole position of the championship, ahead of di Grassi, Buemi and Nick Heidfeld (Venturi).

At the start of the race Trulli ran wide at Turn 2, enabling Di Grassi to slip through into the lead. He then successfully defended his lead until the chequered flag.

That was not the end of the story, however, as a few hours after the race finished the FIA excluded the Brazilian because his car failed post-race scrutineering. It was discovered that the front wing fairings had been modified to include internal metal reinforcing rods.

Behind Di Grassi the racing had been very competitive, with d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) now promoted to the top step of the podium, Sebastién Buemi in second position and Loïc Duval (Dragon Racing) taking third.

For Michelin it was a job well done in difficult conditions. “The track evolved as the day progressed,” reported Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme. “The conditions improved and, although we knew the surface would be tough on tyres, we believed we would be able to contain the phenomenon of wear. And that’s exactly what happened. None of the drivers reported the slightest problem with their tyres and we are delighted to have risen so successfully to what was a sizeable challenge. Not only is the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV competitive but it was also designed to be durable and today’s race provided further evidence of its extraordinary versatility.”

Recommended

Toyota GR Super Sports revealed at 2020 Le Mans 24hr
Toyota

Toyota GR Super Sports revealed at 2020 Le Mans 24hr

21 Sep 2020
Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans hypercar to receive twin-turbocharged V8
racing

Glickenhaus 007 Le Mans hypercar to receive twin-turbocharged V8

8 Jun 2020
Prodrive opens restoration service for its iconic competition cars
racing

Prodrive opens restoration service for its iconic competition cars

28 Nov 2019
Track-only BMW M2 CS Racing unveiled 
BMW M2

Track-only BMW M2 CS Racing unveiled 

6 Nov 2019

Most Popular

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – eight generations new, the GTI still has the goods
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review – eight generations new, the GTI still has the goods

A very good hot hatch, but a great Golf GTI, the new mk8 excels where required to form a very desirable offering
19 Oct 2020
£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

£153,000 ​Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA enters final stages of development

Alfa Romeo has put its F1 drivers behind the wheel of the Giulia GTA and GTAm ahead of production in 2021
20 Oct 2020
Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 test mule fires up on video for first time
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 test mule fires up on video for first time

A development car for Gordon Murray’s T.50 supercar has been shown firing up on video
19 Oct 2020