Formula E

Da Costa continues domination with commanding pole

Aug 6 2020
By Lucy Morson

DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa secured his third consecutive Formula E pole position for the second Berlin E-Prix, beating Nissan’s Sebastian Buemi.

Da Costa, who was the winner of Wednesday evening’s race, set a time of 1m06.442s to snatch pole, having also blitzed his run in group one qualifying.

Buemi had originally knocked da Costa off the top spot in group qualifying, but couldn’t quite improve enough in superpole and will start from the second spot on the grid.

Alex Lynn impressed in only his second outing for Mahindra and will line up third on the grid ahead of Mercedes’ Nyck de Vries in fourth.

Robin Frijns put in his best qualifying performance of the season so far for Envision Virgin, taking fifth place in superpole having set a blazing lap in group three which allowed him to leapfrog the field to as high as third place.

Lucas di Grassi rounded out the superpole group in sixth, having been the first to run in that final session in increasingly hot track temperatures.

Oliver Rowland qualified in seventh place for Nissan, having been shuffled out of the superpole group by Lynn.

Rowland had initially set his flying lap in group three among the traffic, but it was enough to displace reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne to eighth place on the grid for DS Techeetah.

Envision Virgin’s Sam Bird qualified ninth, ahead of Edoardo Mortara who completed the top 10.

BMW’s Andretti’s Alexander Sims qualified in 15th place but will take a 20 place grid penalty as a result of a battery change, dropping him to the back of the grid behind Audi’s Rene Rast – whose group four lap was marred by a mistake in the first sector.

Jaguar suffered another tough showing on the reversed Tempelhof track, with Mitch Evans and James Calado qualifying 17th and 23rd respectively.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Team Car Group 1 Group 2
1 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE20 1m06.791s 1m06.442s
2 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 1m06.779s 1m06.859s
3 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro 1m06.873s 1m06.919s
4 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m06.951s 1m06.921s
5 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 1m06.924s 1m06.974s
6 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 1m06.961s 1m07.292s
7 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 1m07.018s
8 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE20 1m07.035s
9 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 1m07.148s
10 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.218s
11 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 1m07.269s
12 Andre Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric 1m07.285s
13 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.292s
14 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro 1m07.338s
15 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 1m07.368s
16 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 1m07.451s
17 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV 1m07.516s
18 Felipe Massa ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.557s
19 Nico Müller Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 1m07.581s
20 Neel Jani TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric 1m07.64s
21 Sérgio Sette Câmara Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 1m07.846s
22 Daniel Abt NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 1m08.005s
23 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV 1m08.432s
24 René Rast Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 1m08.464s
Antonio Felix da Costa DS Techeetah

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