António Félix da Costa doubled up in round seven of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Diagram E Championship in Berlin this day (6 August), as Wednesday’s winner unleashed one other dominant power on the streets of the ancient Tempelhof Airport to unswerving his third victory of the advertising and marketing campaign sooner than feeble champions Sébastien Buemi and Lucas Di Grassi.
Following a commanding Tall Pole lap in qualifying – nearly half-a-second sooner than any of his adversaries – da Costa produced nearly a carbon copy of the day prior to this’s efficiency to lead this day’s Berlin E-Prix from lights-to-flag.
The DS Techeetah ace made a textbook begin and thereafter used to be by no manner headed; the ideal temporary sing of affairs to his supremacy came when he took ‘ATTACK MODE’ for the first time and rejoined alongside Buemi, but the Nissan e.DAMS man used to be unable to withhold his nose in front. Da Costa’s success marked the Portuguese large name’s third consecutive triumph and extended his margin at the head of the title standings to 68 aspects with four races final.
Fellow front row starter Buemi ran second for many of the flee, finding himself having to fend off Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Di Grassi midway thru following a lock-up but by hook or by crook going on to consolidate his space and cement his handiest outcomes of the season.
Di Grassi obtained a neighborhood to fifth early on at the expense of Alex Lynn, as the Briton slipped down the present from his second row grid slot, sooner than utilising his skills and racecraft to opportunistically pass Nyck De Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ) for fourth.
The Brazilian spent powerful of the latter part of the flee embroiled in a fierce, assume-noticed combat for third with Envision Virgin Racing rival Robin Frijns, with the pair’s spellbinding duel permitting Mercedes-Benz EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne and the second Envision Virgin Racing entry of Sam Chicken to latch onto the back of them in the closing stages.
Di Grassi needed to make expend of all of his guile to defend his space from the three drivers snapping at his heels, with Frijns flashing across the stop line correct in his slipstream in fourth for handiest his second aspects procure of the advertising and marketing campaign.
Remarkable fancy the day prior to this, Vandoorne used to be belief to be some of the stars of the level to as he scythed thru from 13th on the grid. The Belgian location the flee’s quickest lap all thru the direction of his charge and – with the lend a hand of ‘ATTACK MODE’ – pulled off a spectacular three-huge stream across the beginning air of Oliver Rowland and Chicken as the British duo disputed fifth space on lap 21.
Chicken placed sixth in the final reckoning, making a gleaming begin from ninth on the grid sooner than working his manner up the present. Countryman Rowland held on to full seventh for Nissan e.DAMS, sooner than Edoardo Mortara in eighth, the ROKiT Venturi Racing driver picking his manner thru the sphere and working as excessive as sixth at one stage.
The end ten finishers were finished by Wednesday’s runner-up André Lotterer – the TAG Heuer Porsche man struggling to breed the identical fling this day – and da Costa’s DS Techeetah crew-mate Jean-Éric Vergne, whose qualifying struggles persisted in the flee, the Frenchman slipping to tenth slack on as he complained of fading rear tyres.
Mitch Evans – da Costa’s closest championship challenger arriving in Berlin this week – might per chance per chance perhaps well prepare no higher than 12th.
Following a spoil day, the action resumes with rounds eight and 9 at the weekend, when competitors will form out Tempelhof’s regular anti-clockwise lap – a exchange that da Costa’s competitors can beget to calm be hoping will enable them to turn the tables.
Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH)
‘This day used to be very laborious. We were sooner but there wasn’t a moment Seb didn’t beget me trying in my mirrors. The first ATTACK MODE used to be a diminutive tight in particular in the exit but I knew I had the gap – Seb used to be pleasing and left me the space. The crew used to be giving me the excellent data on the battery temperature. Days fancy this are uncommon, I do know how laborious it is to catch right here and I’m pleased to be residing this now. Daily all individuals will catch end to every other, the following couple of races will seemingly be very valuable!’
Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams)
‘The flee used to be closer than I belief. I used to be unlucky with the first ATTACK MODE as there used to be Beefy Route Yellow and I misplaced its income – that might per chance per chance perhaps beget potentially modified issues. I needed to overtake Lucas and wasted a whereas there, but in the case of fling we weren’t too some distance off. DS TECHEETAH are extraordinarily lickety-split, confidently on Saturday we’ll beget extra fling all thru Qualifying. This day now we beget made a monumental growth, on Saturday we’ll be racing on the celebrated computer screen and we hope to form even higher sooner than the following flee and presumably sing of affairs them.’
Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler)
‘It used to be a nice day total. The flee used to be comparatively various work but we managed to full on the rostrum. We desire to withhold making improvements to, Saturday we’ll flee on the celebrated computer screen and it changes the automotive, overtaking aspects and I feel it will seemingly be higher for us to flee in that direction, but we’re going to withhold working laborious to search out a bigger efficiency since Antonio and the DS TECHEETAH are on a insist level. There are masses of aspects up for clutch and now we desire to form our handiest.’