Formula E

Da Costa leads DS Techeetah front row with pole in Berlin

Aug 5 2020
By Matt Beer

Formula E championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa will lead an all-DS Techeetah front row for the Berlin Tempelhof opener after a mighty qualifying performance.

Da Costa – winner from pole in Marrakesh when the series last raced five months ago – was quickest in group qualifying despite running in the opening session when track conditions were ostensibly at their worst.

He then put in a superb 1m06.799s qualifying lap to beat reigning champion team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne to the superpole top spot by 0.322s.

Andre Lotterer starts third for Porsche, just 0.013s ahead of Sebastien Buemi’s Nissan.

Mercedes’ lead runner Nyck de Vries qualified fifth, with Jerome D’Ambrosio’s Mahindra rounding out the superpole pack.

Da Costa was the only driver from the opening group to make it into super pole, with his nearest championship rivals Mitch Evans and Alexander Sims starting only ninth and 17th.

Other points frontrunners out of position include Lucas di Grassi down in 21st and Maximilian Guenther in 13th.

Alex Lynn was the best of the newcomers/returnees/team-movers in 12th on his Mahindra debut, with DTM champion Rene Rast even more impressive as he put his Audi 14th for only his second FE start and his first since 2015.

But the former occupant of Rast’s Audi – Daniel Abt – was only 22nd for NIO333, ahead of Dragon’s rookie new recruit Sergio Sette Camara.

First practice pacesetter Oliver Rowland qualified eighth but will drop to the back with a 20-place grid penalty for an inverter change on his Nissan.

That penalty feels slender compared to the 60-place penalty James Calado has been landed with for his myriad component changes after a day of mechanical misery on his Jaguar.

Qualifying was his first complete lap of the day and he treated it as effectively a shakedown given his grid position would be irrelevant.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Team Car Group 1 Group 2
1 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-TENSE FE20 1m07.122s 1m06.799s
2 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-TENSE FE20 1m07.274s 1m07.121s
3 Andre Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric 1m07.454s 1m07.235s
4 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 1m07.267s 1m07.248s
5 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.308s 1m07.302s
6 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro 1m07.488s 1m07.371s
7 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 1m07.492s
8 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 1m07.521s
9 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV 1m07.555s
10 Felipe Massa ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.563s
11 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 1m07.581s
12 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro 1m07.646s
13 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 1m07.685s
14 René Rast Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 1m07.777s
15 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.826s
16 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m07.993s
17 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 1m07.996s
18 Neel Jani TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric 1m07.996s
19 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 1m08.089s
20 Nico Müller Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 1m08.118s
21 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 1m08.136s
22 Daniel Abt NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 1m08.554s
23 Sérgio Sette Câmara Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 1m08.628s
24 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV 1m10.194s
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