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Abt Takes Dominant Victory in Audi 1-2

Daniel Abt leads Audi 1-2 on home soil in Saturday’s Berlin E-Prix…

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Daniel Abt took a dominant victory in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship E-Prix at Berlin, as Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler claimed a 1-2 result on home soil.

Pole-sitter Abt led from lights-to-flag and set the fastest lap at his home event, while teammate Lucas di Grassi moved up to second from fifth on the grid to cap a perfect day for Audi.

Di Grassi moved on to Abt’s tail with a series of overtakes in the opening half of the race, before closing the gap to one second through a quick pit stop.

However, Abt drew the advantage back out with a strong second stint to take the checkered flag 6.758 seconds ahead of the sister Audi.

The result marked Abt’s second career Formula E victory after his debut win at Mexico City in March, while the 1-2 moves Audi up to second in the teams’ standings.

Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne strengthened his grip at the top of the points with a third-place finish for Techeetah that maintains his 100 percent top-five finishing record this season.

Vergne overtook title rival Sebastien Buemi with a late-braking maneuver into the turn six left-hander, which came shortly after the pair overtook NIO driver Oliver Turvey on lap 34.

The Frenchman had been running third during the opening stanza but fell back to fifth when he was caught and passed by Di Grassi and Buemi on lap 11, before recovering the lost places.

Buemi held on to take fourth, ahead of Turvey, while Mitch Evans finished sixth for Panasonic Jaguar Racing.

Seventh place for title hopeful Sam Bird meant the DS Virgin Racing driver lost further ground to Vergne in the drivers’ championship.

Bird arrived in Berlin with a 31-point deficit to the Techeetah driver, but now has a gap of 40 points to make up with three races remaining.

Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist preserved his third position in the standings ahead of Buemi, despite finishing outside the points in 11th.

RESULTS: Berlin E-Prix

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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