Formula E

Mercedes tops Berlin second practice with de Vries

Aug 5 2020
By Matt Beer

Mercedes’ Nyck de Vries fended off Formula E championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa to set the pace in the second practice session for the Berlin Tempelhof opener.

De Vries had been quickest in the first half of the session, before being pushed back as everyone stepped up their qualifying simulations.

Then a late 1m06.846s lap of the reversed Tempelhof layout by de Vries deposed BMW driver Maximilian Guenther from first place in the closing stages.

Da Costa split de Vries and Guenther just afterward.

Jerome d’Ambrosio and Sebastien Buemi completed the top five.

On his first Formula E appearance since 2015, DTM star Rene Rast was a superb ninth on his debut for Audi in the car previously driven by Daniel Abt. Rast was just one place behind team-mate Lucas di Grassi.

Practice one pacesetter Oliver Rowland – who has a 20-place grid penalty for an inverter change – was back in 12th in this session.

James Calado’s miserable day continued as Jaguar decided his car required a battery change, meaning he was unable to run and will go into qualifying having not done a single complete practice lap.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Car Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 1m06.846s
2 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-TENSE FE20 +0.076s +0.076s 1m06.922s
3 Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 +0.083s +0.159s 1m07.005s
4 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro +0.155s +0.314s 1m07.16s
5 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 +0.141s +0.455s 1m07.301s
6 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV +0.045s +0.5s 1m07.346s
7 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 +0.036s +0.536s 1m07.382s
8 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 +0.059s +0.595s 1m07.441s
9 René Rast Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team Audi e-tron FE06 +0.159s +0.754s 1m07.6s
10 Nico Müller Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 +0.004s +0.758s 1m07.604s
11 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-TENSE FE20 +0.024s +0.782s 1m07.628s
12 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.DAMS Nissan IM02 +0.037s +0.819s 1m07.665s
13 Felipe Massa ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 +0.012s +0.831s 1m07.677s
14 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro +0.007s +0.838s 1m07.684s
15 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 +0.087s +0.925s 1m07.771s
16 Neel Jani TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric +0.039s +0.964s 1m07.81s
17 Andre Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric +0.141s +1.105s 1m07.951s
18 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 +0.003s +1.108s 1m07.954s
19 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20 +0.022s +1.13s 1m07.976s
20 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 +0.012s +1.142s 1m07.988s
21 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06 +0.005s +1.147s 1m07.993s
22 Daniel Abt NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005 +0.208s +1.355s 1m08.201s
23 Sérgio Sette Câmara Geox Dragon Penske EV-4 +0.123s +1.478s 1m08.324s
24 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
Nyck de Vries Formula E Mercedes Berlin Tempelhof 2020

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