Andre Lotterer left Berlin disappointed after a string of misfortune saw him lose second position in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship drivers’ standings on Saturday.
The DS Techeetah driver headed to the German capital trailing points leader and teammate Jean-Eric Vergne by just one point, but slipped to third after failing to score any points at Tempelhof Airport.
He now heads to Bern, the third-from-last race of the season, sitting third on the points table, 16 points behind Vergne, who finished third in Berlin.
Lotterer’s issues started in qualifying when he crossed the start-finish line too late to register a flying lap, thus forcing him to start from the back of the field.
He completed a first sighting lap during his group qualifying session but that was the only time he was able to set, leaving him to qualifying with a time 4.6 seconds off the pace.
“I think we went out a bit on the limit, it was OK, and the engineer told me it’s OK [and to] push,” Lotterer explained to e-racing365.
“The margin was fine though. Then, Lucas [di Grassi] had to slow down in T9 before attacking his lap and then he bunched up with JEV, so I had to choice.
“It was traffic, and I missed it by a tenth. It’s not like I missed it by two seconds.
“I was hoping maybe they would let me go with it but nowadays, motorsports has changed with all the systems and stuff.
“Sometimes it’s not about racing anymore, it’s about crossing the line and doing this, and systems, and this. That’s how it is.”
Lotterer managed to steadily make his way up through the field throughout the race but had to retire in the closing stages from 11th position.
“It was a temperature issue with the battery,” he said. It was overheating from mid-race and losing performance, and then I had to retire.
“It’s a shame because I was moving up quite well and I could have grabbed some good points. That was it.
“I would have stopped on track so we decided to bring the car to the box.
“It was fun, I was overtaking, I was moving up quite well. It’s disappointing also with what happened in quali, so it was really not my day. We were really quick, so it’s a shame.”