Mortara fends off Vergne and Vandoorne to win in Berlin - The Race
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Mortara fends off Vergne and Vandoorne to win in Berlin

May 14 2022
By Josh Suttill

Edoardo Mortara propelled himself back into Formula E championship contention after withstanding a late assault from Jean-Eric Vergne to win the first race of the Berlin E-Prix double-header weekend.

The Mercedes-powered Venturi of Mortara comfortably led the opening stages from his maiden pole position, with no clear challenger emerging until a charging Stoffel Vandoorne and Vergne threatened Mortarta’s win in the closing stages.

When Mortara took his second and final attack mode, he dropped behind Vandoorne but wasted little time in overtaking him as he slipped through on the inside of Turn 6 with under 10 minutes of the race remaining.

Vergne – Vandoorne’s likely 2023 team-mate as revealed by The Race last week – then passed Vandoorne at the same corner using fanboost and caught Mortara with three laps to go.

Mortara appeared to run wide at Turn 6 and Vergne lunged his way through, only to run wide and almost lose second place to Vandoorne and Porsche’s Andre Lotterer, who was able to join the podium fight.

Their battle over second place allowed Mortara to spring clear and claim his second victory of the 2022 Formula E season, moving him up to fourth in the points table.

Vergne hung onto second place ahead of Vandoorne, meaning the gap between the two drivers at the top of the drivers’ championship is down to just three points.

Lotterer claimed fourth place ahead of Jaguar’s Mitch Evans, the second Porsche of Pascal Wehrlein and Evans’ Jaguar team-mate Sam Bird.

Antonio Felix da Costa was fighting with his DS Techeetah team-mate Vergne in the opening stages but fell to eighth place at the chequered flag, ahead of Mahindra’s Alexander Sims – who dropped from second to ninth, but does secure his first points finish of the season.

The final point went the way of defending champion Nyck de Vries whose recent tricky run continued.

Sebastien Buemi’s day promised a lot but delivered little as he was stripped of a place in the duels during qualifying and a slow getaway dropped him from 10th on the grid to 16th on the opening lap.

The Nissan e.dams driver ultimately finished down in 14th place.

Race Results

Pos Name Team Car Laps Laps Led Total Time Fastest Lap Pitstops Pts
1 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 40 37 46m16.175s 1m08.648s 0 28
2 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 40 0 +1.782s 1m08.394s 0 18
3 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 40 1 +1.987s 1m08.277s 0 15
4 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 40 2 +2.579s 1m08.468s 0 12
5 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 40 0 +3.189s 1m08.15s 0 10
6 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 40 0 +5.405s 1m07.968s 0 9
7 Sam Bird Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-Type 5 40 0 +5.683s 1m08.049s 0 6
8 António Félix da Costa DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE21 40 0 +6.4s 1m08.244s 0 4
9 Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 40 0 +6.569s 1m08.256s 0 2
10 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 40 0 +6.602s 1m08.414s 0 1
11 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing Mahindra M8Electro 40 0 +8.141s 1m08.361s 0 0
12 Robin Frijns Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 40 0 +9.879s 1m07.927s 0 0
13 Jake Dennis Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 40 0 +13.314s 1m08.349s 0 0
14 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 40 0 +15.275s 1m08.385s 0 0
15 Oliver Askew Avalanche Andretti BMW i FE.21 40 0 +22.071s 1m08.184s 0 0
16 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 40 0 +22.662s 1m08.42s 0 0
17 Sérgio Sette Câmara Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 40 0 +24.12s 1m08.343s 0 0
18 Maximilian Günther Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03 40 0 +28.716s 1m08.042s 0 0
19 Daniel Ticktum NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 001 40 0 +30.393s 1m08.283s 0 0
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon / Penske Autosport Penske EV-5 40 0 +52.025s 1m08.488s 0 0
Lucas Di Grassi ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 38 0 DNF 1m07.88s 0 0
Nick Cassidy Envision Racing Audi e-tron FE07 31 0 DNF 1m08.426s 0 0

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