António Félix da Costa has been crowned the 2019/20 ABB FIA Components E Champion after finishing second within the back of DS Techeetah team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne in round nine at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport this present day (9 August). The Portuguese driver claimed his maiden all-electric title with two races to spare, while Vergne transformed pole location into his first victory of the advertising and marketing campaign. The one-two furthermore wrapped up the Teams’ Championship for DS Techeetah, while Sébastian Buemi accomplished the podium, taking third for Nissan e.dams.
Racing on the traditional configuration of the Tempelhof circuit, reigning champion Vergne started the plod from pole location after pipping da Costa by lawful over one tenth-of-a-second within the Natty Pole shoot-out. And the 2 DS Techeetahs enjoyed sparkling starts when the lights went green, protecting problem thru Turn One sooner than Oliver Rowland and Buemi.
Nonetheless, the plod used to be straight neutralised when the protection vehicle used to be deployed after Maximilian Günther and Oliver Turvey came collectively at Turn Four. Vergne controlled the re-launch perfectly and once extra led away from Da Costa, though a steady-weight sprinkling of rain began to make refined prerequisites.
Nissan ace Rowland used to be the earliest of the leaders to grab ‘ATTACK MODE’ and used to be rewarded by jumping up to second sooner than Da Costa when the champion-elect in an identical way activated his extra vitality boost. However the DS Techeetah duo weren’t separated for long with da Costa getting back past Rowland into Turn One, the mumble of his ‘ATTACK MODE’ after the Brit’s had expired.
And it used to be then all change at the entrance, as Vergne ceded the lead to Da Costa in say to preserve energy. The pair swapped back all over again within the closing stages and ran line-astern to the develop, though Da Costa used to be compelled to defend towards a unhurried fee from a fired-up Buemi. The Swiss driver had been bottled up within the back of team-mate Rowland for loads of the plod and used to be furthermore caught out by the Mercedes-Benz EQ of Nyck de Vries after taking his second ‘ATTACK MODE’.
Nonetheless, Buemi re-handed the Dutchman sooner than swapping areas with Rowland and attempting to search out the DS Techeetah pair. De Vries vaulted himself back up to fourth living by overtaking Rowland on the final lap, while the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler vehicle of Lucas Di Grassi came home sixth. The Brazilian had started down in 12th but made a collection of gaze-catching passes, taking paunchy just correct thing about ‘FAN BOOST’ along the way.
Despite shedding out to Di Grassi, Mitch Evans enjoyed a tough plod because the Contemporary Zealander piloted his Panasonic Jaguar thru from 11th on the grid to seventh at the chequered flag. André Lotterer accomplished a trio of commonplace Components E entrance-runners battling their way up from lowly grid positions, bagging eighth for TAG Heuer Porsche after starting most advantageous 18th.
Alex Lynn accomplished ninth for Mahindra Racing, fading within the closing stages after mixing it within the dwell six all thru the early working. Felipe Massa rounded out the dwell ten for ROKiT Venturi Racing, though the Brazilian used to be left ruing what would per chance well be pleased been after producing an sparkling lap to attain the Natty Pole session.
The groups and drivers will be back in action next week for the final two rounds of the 2019/20 season. Taking build on Wednesday (12 August) and Thursday (13 August), the finale of the ABB FIA Components E Championship will be held on a reconfiguration of the Tempelhof note. From Turn Four, the contemporary circuit functions a extra technical center sector with a series of tight-and-twisty turns leading to the same outdated hairpin and long left-hander that runs to the flag.
Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah)
“As a team we couldn’t dream of the next day. We gained the groups’ championship, Antonio gained the drivers’ title and I jumped to second within the standings. With two extra races to head, I’ll take my head down and plod for the runner-up living. It’s an wonderful day and I’m extraordinarily proud to be a share of this team. I do know the feeling that hits you on the final lap lawful sooner than crossing the chequered flag and you’re about to take your first championship. It’s presumably the suited second within the existence of a racing driver and Antonio must aloof trip every second of it.”
Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah)
“I’m speechless. Most incessantly I’ve been so conclude to giving up all thru the demanding cases, and due to the of us round me I by no way did. I’m very grateful to those guys who believed in me and my capabilities, even after I used to be finishing nowhere advance the podium. Huge thanks to JEV, I do know right here’s great for him, but he pushed me the whole way and helped me out plenty and it’s mainly thanks to him I settled so fleet within the team. Right this moment we had a blueprint and we carried out it perfectly. JEV and myself helped each and every various out, but it used to be very intense at the stop since both Seb and Oli were continuously there. Everybody used to be very handsome this present day and raced because the champions they’re!”
Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams)
“I attempted to assign as fundamental energy as I will also, and I felt the likelihood to overtake Oli used to be somewhat unhurried to be factual. By the time I managed to attain so, it used to be the stop of the plod. I’m somewhat upset because I agree with love I will also’ve had the chance to develop second, if I had passe the energy properly. I’m sad for Oli as he deserved better this present day. We scored some merely parts for the team and congratulations to Antonio, he has finished an wonderful job and I’m joyful for him. But there’s aloof work to attain. It’s my second podium right here in Berlin and I’m taking a survey ahead to the final double-header.”