Berlin E-Prix: Da Costa takes dominant pole from Vergne

Matt Kew
·4 mins read

The points leader set the fastest time of the day with a 1m06.799s to pull a clear 0.322s margin over Vergne, who still snared his best qualifying result of the season in second. 

Despite missing the Turn 1 apex, da Costa recovered 0.02s in the opening sector and then close to a further two tenths in the second split in a session where his title rivals faltered. 

Andre Lotterer was best of the non-DS Techeetah cars in third, having snatched provisional pole away from Mahindra's Jerome d’Ambrosio in the early stages of superpole - despite the Porsche driver having been unable to deploy his maximum 250kW mode during practice. 

A poor second sector dropped Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi down to fourth, which he blamed on mid-corner understeer. 

Reigning FIA Formula 2 Nyck de Vries was fifth fastest for Mercedes, having picked up the throttle too early through the long final Turn 10 which resulted in a spike of oversteer.  

Envision Virgin driver Sam Bird, who lost two tenths in the first sector, was best of the non-superpole qualifiers after he was eclipsed to sixth by group three runner d’Ambrosio by 0.004s. 

First practice pacesetter Rowland was also shuffled down the order to eighth for Nissan, but he still beat Jaguar's Mitch Evans, who enters the race second in the points behind da Costa. 

Evans’ practice set-up issues continued across into qualifying, with the Jaguar comfortably 0.4s in arrears of the fastest DS Techeetah pace.  

A wild lap from Massa, owed to the rear tyres fading in the last sector, earned him ninth ahead of Robin Frijns and a 12th-place start for the returning Alex Lynn (Mahindra).  

Maximilian Gunther headed a bad run for BMW Andretti in 13th, with teammate Alexander Sims - third in the points - way down in 17th. 

A near-crash in the final sector for Lucas di Grassi, who has a 100% podium record at Tempelhof, meant double DTM champion Rene Rast’s effort for 14th was enough to win the intra-team Audi battle. 

Edoardo Mortara in the Venturi customer car ran 15th while Stoffel Vandoorne, in the parent Mercedes machine, was just 16th.  

Daniel Abt was 22nd on his maiden outing for NIO 333, beating a messy lap from Dragon recruit Serge Sette Camara - who twice hit the wall - and James Calado. 

The second Jaguar driver, who missed practice due to a powertrain and battery swap that earns him a 60-place grid penalty, was a distant 24th.

Berlin E-Prix - Starting grid

1

13

Portugal
Portugal

Antonio Felix da Costa

DS E-TENSE FE20
DS E-TENSE FE20
China
China

Techeetah

1'06.799

2

25

France
France

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS E-TENSE FE20
DS E-TENSE FE20
China
China

Techeetah

1'07.121

0.322

3

36

Germany
Germany

Andre Lotterer

Porsche 99X Electric
Porsche 99X Electric
Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'07.235

0.436

4

23

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi

Nissan IM02
Nissan IM02
France
France

DAMS

1'07.248

0.449

5

17

Netherlands
Netherlands

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'07.302

0.503

6

64

Belgium
Belgium

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

Mahindra M6Electro
Mahindra M6Electro
India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'07.371

0.572

7

2

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Bird

Audi e-tron FE06
Audi e-tron FE06
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'07.492

0.693

8

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Rowland

Nissan IM02
Nissan IM02
France
France

DAMS

1'07.521

0.722

9

20

New Zealand
New Zealand

Mitch Evans

Jaguar I-Type 4
Jaguar I-Type 4
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'07.555

0.756

10

19

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Massa

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'07.563

0.764

11

4

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi e-tron FE06
Audi e-tron FE06
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'07.581

0.782

12

94

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lynn

Mahindra M6Electro
Mahindra M6Electro
India
India

Mahindra Racing

1'07.646

0.847

13

28

Germany
Germany

Maximilian Gunther

BMW iFE.20
BMW iFE.20
United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'07.685

0.886

14

66

Germany
Germany

René Rast

Audi e-tron FE06
Audi e-tron FE06
Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'07.777

0.978

15

48

Switzerland
Switzerland

Edoardo Mortara

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Monaco
Monaco

Venturi

1'07.826

1.027

16

5

Belgium
Belgium

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Germany
Germany

Mercedes

1'07.993

1.194

17

27

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alexander Sims

BMW iFE.20
BMW iFE.20
United States
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'07.996

1.197

18

18

Switzerland
Switzerland

Neel Jani

Porsche 99X Electric
Porsche 99X Electric
Germany
Germany

Porsche Team

1'08.014

1.215

19

3

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Turvey

NIO FE-005
NIO FE-005
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'08.089

1.290

20

7

Switzerland
Switzerland

Nico Müller

Penske EV-4
Penske EV-4
United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'08.118

1.319

21

11

Brazil
Brazil

Lucas di Grassi

Audi e-tron FE06
Audi e-tron FE06
Germany
Germany

Team Abt

1'08.136

1.337

22

33

Germany
Germany

Daniel Abt

NIO FE-005
NIO FE-005
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'08.554

1.755

23

6

Brazil
Brazil

Sergio Sette Camara

Penske EV-4
Penske EV-4
United States
United States

Dragon Racing

1'08.628

1.829

24

51

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

James Calado

Jaguar I-Type 4
Jaguar I-Type 4
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'10.194

3.395

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