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Di Grassi, Audi Victorious in Berlin E-Prix

Lucas di Grassi gives Audi its second consecutive win on home turf…

Photo: Audi

Lucas di Grassi claimed his second ABB FIA Formula E Championship race win of the season with a dominant victory in Saturday afternoon’s Berlin E-Prix.

The Brazilian moves into second position in the drivers’ championship, giving Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler its second consecutive win on home turf in the German capital.

He becomes the second double winner of the year alongside Jean-Eric Vergne, who made an impressive push through the field during the last few laps to finish third.

Pole-sitter Sebastien Buemi crossed the line second, 1.8 seconds behind di Grassi, to take his first podium of the season.

Nissan e.dams’ Buemi led the field from the green flag but lost the lead to di Grassi on the fifth lap, with the Audi driver making the race-winning move on the inside at the Turn 6 hairpin.

He started from third on the grid and made a similar move on Stoffel Vandoorne at the same corner three laps earlier in order to move into second.

Both Audi drivers benefitted from a strategy call on their second Attack Mode, with most of the top ten taking it early during the race’s only Full Course Yellow period.

Di Grassi and Abt elected to cross the Attack Mode loops later in the FCY, therefore taking a greater advantage when the field went green with nine minutes on the clock.

The FCY was called when Alex Lynn, who had been running highly after making it into Super Pole, stopped in the middle of the track at the start of the start-finish straight.

His unusual problem, which hit him from sixth position, caused the rear axle on his Jaguar I-Type 3 to completely seize up.

Antonio Felix da Costa crossed the line fourth for BMW i Andretti Motorsport, ahead of Vandoorne in his HWA Racelab Venturi VFE05.

Both HWA drivers qualified in the top four but Gary Paffett lost positions on several occasions and could only manage a 16th-place finish.

Aside from Lynn, the only other retirement was Andre Lotterer who had a battery issue on his DS Techeetah car.

His DNF dropped him to third in the standings after coming to Berlin just one point behind leader and teammate Vergne.

The reigning champion’s third place finish gives him a six-point lead at the head of the standings over di Grassi, with Lotterer now a further ten points behind.

RESULTS: Berlin E-Prix

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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