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Formula E: Berlin Round 6 Drama – Evans Spins out, Massa locks up and Da Costa dominates

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Formula E is finally back on track after 5 long months. The first out of nine exciting days of racing came to a wrap this morning. DS Cheeta’s Antonio Felix da Costa started in pole position and stayed there till the checkered flag, securing the fastest lap in the process. Costa barely crossed the finish line with precisely 0% energy left in the 52KwH battery on his 338 horsepower DS E-Tense FE20.

The going wasn’t as smooth for da Costa’s teammate Jean-Eric Vergne who finished second in qualifying. Vergne kept the pack at bay behind him for the first few laps, but couldn’t defend his position through the tight hairpins of turn one and two, eventually dropping to P9.

Filipe Massa went straight into a wall in the early minutes of the race. Massa had Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne right up his tail and was weaving to defend his position. The Brazillian, in a bid to trap Vandoorne behind him, braked a bit too hard and too late coming up on turn 6, locking all four wheels, losing traction and slamming nose-first into the wall. Meanwhile, Vandoorne, who had qualified at P16 kept his foot hard down on the throttle and rocketed to P9, earning himself 8 points. A much-needed boost for the Belgian who wasn’t able to grab any points in the last two rounds.

A dramatic day for Lotterer

Second place did not come easy for Andre Lotterer. The Porsche driver dropped to P5 mid-race and missed one of the attack-mode sensors which left him struggling for power while battling De Vries and Bird for a podium finish. The trio bumped tires for a few laps until Lotterrer’s 99X Electric finally pushed through Bird’s defense and flew ahead, taking P2 and finishing 5 seconds behind the DS Cheeta leader, leaving Bird at P3.

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Late in the race, right in the middle of the pack, Jaguar’s Mitch Evans tried to overtake Sebastian Buemi after turn 3. Evans abandoned the racing line and went wide to take P8 from Nissan’s Buemi who didn’t leave any room for Evans to pass and kept his lead. Evans now slowed down, gunned the throttle to get back into the pack only to get hit hard on his rear right end by BMW man, Maximillian Guenther. The Jaguar took a rough couple of spins before Evans got it back under control after dropping 9 places. Putting the Jag at P18.

Missing from the action was Venturi Racing’s, Edoardo Mortara. The Swiss driver put on quite the show in round 5, tearing through pack and getting his hands on 15 points. But at Berlin, Mortara was quite off the pace and dropped two positions to cross the line at 14th.

Bird, D’Ambrosio & De Vries did quite well in round 6 and stocked up on some much-needed points. All-in-all day one at Tempelhof has been quite the nail biter. Practice laps for round 7 have already begun and the competition is tight as ever with only 8 races to go. We are in for a thrilling week of racing.

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