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Flag of Germany.png 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI
Tempelhofer Park 2020.png
The Tempelhofring was modified for the final two races of 2019/20.
Race Information
Date 13 August 2020
E-Prix No. 69
Official Name 2020 Heineken Berlin E-Prix III Race 2
Location Flag of Berlin.png Tempelhofer Park
Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany
Format 45 min + 1 Lap
Lap length 2.505 km (1.557 mi)
Distance 36 laps / 90.180 km (56.035 mi)
Support Race Flag of Germany.png 2020 Berlin eTrophy Race 7
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne
Team Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
Time 1:15.468
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird
Team Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing
Fastest Lap 1:17.562 on lap 21
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi
Winner Team Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
Time 47:22.107
ePrix Guide
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Post-Race Test

The 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI, formally known as the 2020 Heineken Berlin E-Prix III Race 2 was the eleventh and final round of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, staged at an alternate version of the Tempelhofring in Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany, on 13 August 2020.[1] The race would be the last of six rounds held in Berlin for the 2019/20 season, as well as the final race to be staged before FE became a World Championship in 2020/21.[2]

Qualifying for the season finale saw Stoffel Vandoorne secure the maiden pole position for Mercedes in their first FE season, in what was an incredibly tight session.[3] Just 0.789s covered Sébastien Buemi in first and Mitch Evans in 23rd place in the group stage, while Vandoorne beat Buemi to pole by just 0.059s in Super Pole.[3]

Despite being the final race of the season the start would be fairly tame, with Vandoorne easing into the lead, while Buemi fended off a look from René Rast into the first corner to hold second.[4] Behind the rest of the field would make it through the first corner without issue, with only minor contact for those in the midfield.[4]

Further around the opening tour Nyck de Vries would elbow his way past Rast, before joining Buemi and Vandoorne in an early sprint away.[4] Indeed, the top three would quickly establish a lead over Rast in fourth, although not enough for de Vries to remain ahead of the #66 Audi when he took Attack Mode on lap seven.[4]

Yet, it was not long before the #17 Mercedes was back into third, as ahead teammate Vandoorne surrendered the lead on the following tour by taking AM himself.[4] The Belgian subsequently fired down the inside of Buemi to reclaim the lead at the start of lap nine, with Buemi then taking AM and dropping behind de Vries.[4]

Once Buemi reclaimed second the top three settled, with Rast now falling away although with a small margin over fifth placed Robin Frijns.[4] Elsewhere, Lucas di Grassi and Sam Bird were steadily marching up the order, while Jean-Éric Vergne was taking a more physical approach from the back of the grid, elbowing his way into tenth as half distance passed.[4]

de Vries would kick off another AM battle in that moment, with Vandoorne again taking AM on the following tour to surrender the lead to Buemi.[4] Buemi likewise reacted on the lap after Vandoorne, although this time he was powerless to prevent de Vries from passing, and would have to wait until the Dutchman's boost ran out.[4]

Yet, to get back ahead of the #17 Mercedes, the #23 Nissan e.Dams would use more energy, and hence meant that de Vries was able to latch onto his tail and conserve.[4] Indeed, entering the final stages de Vries would have around 2% more available energy, allowing him to lunge down the inside of Buemi on lap 32 to secure second.[4]

That settled the fight for victory, with Buemi tumbling back into the sights of Rast, while de Vries hunted down Vandoorne's comfortable two second lead.[4] Elsewhere, Bird was able to scramble past di Grassi and teammate Frijns, before contact between di Grassi and Frijns after a huge lunge from di Grassi into turn seven caused Frijns to retire.[4]

With that the race, and the season, was over, with Vandoorne sweeping across the line to claim his maiden FE victory, as well as secure second in the Championship on the final day.[4] de Vries made it a maiden Mercedes one-two with his first podium, while Buemi just had enough energy to keep Rast at bay to complete the podium.[4] Bird was a lonely fifth ahead of di Grassi, Vergne fought his way to seventh ahead of Alex Lynn, while soon-to-be-anointed Champion António Félix da Costa finished in ninth ahead of Edoardo Mortara.[4]

Background

The Tempelhofer Park layout of the Tempelhofring was unchanged for its second and final race of the 2019/20 season, with the Attack Mode activation point remaining at turn seven.[1] Likewise, there had been no changes made to the entry list for the finale, with no drivers making major component changes for the final race.

Massa's Epilogue

During the Berlin E-Prix VI meeting it was announced that it would be the final race for Felipe Massa with Venturi Racing, with the duo announcing a mutual, but well mannered, separation at the end of the campaign.[5] The veteran racer, who was the oldest driver in the field, was to leave the Monegasque squad after two full campaigns, achieving a best finish of third at the 2019 Monaco E-Prix.[5] It was unclear whether Massa would stay in the FE Championship for 2020/21, nor who would take his now vacant seat at Venturi.[5]

Rowland Revelation

António Félix da Costa had failed to add to his title winning tally in the Berlin E-Prix V, and hence remained on 156 points for the campaign. Behind, however, there had been some drastic changes in the fight to finish as runner-up, with Oliver Rowland now heading the charge having leap from ninth to second with victory in Berlin V. He hence headed Jean-Éric Vergne by three points, with everyone down to Sam Bird in eleventh still mathematically in the hunt.

In the Teams' Championship Champions DS Techeetah had failed to score for only the second time in 2019/20 in Berlin V, meaning they remained on their unassailable tally of 236 points. Nissan e.Dams, meanwhile, had all but secured second, having moved 33 points clear of BMW-Andretti in third, with 48 points in play on the final day. That meant that Envision Virgin were still mathematically in the hunt for the runner-up spot too, but would need to claim a one-two, with e.Dams failing to score.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI is displayed below:

2020 Berlin E-Prix VI Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005
4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06
5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
6 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png GEOX Dragon Penske EV-4
7 Flag of Switzerland.png Nico Müller Flag of the United States.png GEOX Dragon Penske EV-4
11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE06
13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 20
17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
18 Flag of Switzerland.png Neel Jani Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
19 Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM02
23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM02
25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 20
27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20
28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20
33 Flag of Germany.png Daniel Abt Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005
36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
51 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of the United Kingdom.png Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
64 Flag of Belgium.png Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro
66 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE06
94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro
Source:[6]

Practice

FP1

FP2

Qualifying

Qualifying for the 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position.[3] The first group would feature those in the top six in the Championship and so on, with each group getting six minutes on track to set a full 250 kW lap.[3] The top six overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, getting one final lap at full power to try and claim pole position.[3]

After the session a point would be handed to the fastest driver in the Group Stage, while three were to be awarded to the winner of Super Pole.[3]

Group 1

Group one would feature those in the top six in the Championship head out onto the circuit, headlined by pre-ordained Champion António Félix da Costa.[7] The Portuguese racer would be joined on track by DS Techeetah teammate Jean-Éric Vergne, as well as Oliver Rowland in the #22 Nissan e.Dams, who had claimed pole the previous day.[7] Also in action would be Mitch Evans, André Lotterer and Maximilian Günther for Jaguar Racing, Porsche and BMW-Andretti respectively, with everyone bar da Costa fighting to finish as runner-up in 2019/20.[7]

With the track temperature cresting at 33°C Günther would venture out of the pitlane first with 2:15 left on the clock, with the rest of the opening sextet pouring onto the track in his wake.[8] Evans was at the head of that queue with da Costa, with Rowland, Vergne and Lotterer all exiting nose-to-tail, before jostling position around the outlap.[8] Indeed, Vergne would pass Rowland into turn seven, da Costa would dive down the inside of Evans at turn fifteen, while Lotterer decided to drive right around the outside of Rowland entering turn sixteen, compromising the start of the latter's lap.[8]

Out ahead of all of that however would be Günther, who duly dictated the pace for the rest of the group with a clean opening effort of 1:16.134 with good times across the lap.[8] da Costa was next but after setting the fastest first sector would fade back behind Günther, while Evans rallied back from a poor first sector to go third behind the Portuguese racer.[8] Vergne was next but could only displace Evans, Lotterer ended up just ahead of Vergne having finished his effort right on the #25 Techeetah's tail, while Rowland had an awful run through the first and second sectors to end up six tenths off of Günther's effort in sixth.[8]

Group 2

The second sextet featured the rest of the drivers fighting to finish as runner-up, with everyone bar Alexander Sims in the #27 BMW still in the hunt mathematically.[7] The standout names for the group would be former Champions Lucas di Grassi of Audi and Sébastien Buemi in the Nissan, both of whom had failed to set a time at all in the group one qualifying debacle in the 2020 Berlin E-Prix V.[7] Also in action would be Stoffel Vandoorne in the lead Mercedes, as well as the two Envision Virgins of Sam Bird and Robin Frijns.[7]

Sims would be the first to venture out onto the circuit in group two, with the drivers all opting to give each other more room and time to open their laps.[8] Indeed, the only overtakes on the outlap would come when Bird let teammate Frijns past by pulling out of the way exiting the pitlane, while Vandoorne decided to pass di Grassi through turn fourteen.[8] Buemi, meanwhile, would sit at the back of the group and calmly warm-up for the race, with all six crossing the line to start their laps with time in hand.[8]

Sims was hence the first driver to deliver a time, and despite a lock-up into turn four the Brit would cross the line fastest, a tenth ahead of teammate Günther.[8] Frijns was next and set two fastest sectors to go fastest overall, with Bird slotting the sister Virgin into second, only for both to be displaced by Vandoorne, who set a new benchmark in the second sector.[8] di Grassi was next across the line and was left ruing a poor final sector to slip in between the two customer Virgin-Audis, before all of the group were blown out of the water by Buemi, who set the fastest first and third sectors to go fastest overall.[8]

Group 3

Into the third sextet and it would feature the next six drivers in the Championship, all of whom were largely fighting to get into the top ten in the Championship at best with a strong run in the finale.[7] Headlining the sextet would be Nyck de Vries of Mercedes, although Alex Lynn in the #94 Mahindra, Neel Jani in the #18 Porsche and René Rast in the #66 Audi had all got into Super Pole the day before, and hence were favourites to do so again.[7] Completing the group would be the second Mahindra of Jérôme d'Ambrosio, as well as the #48 ROKiT Venturi run Mercedes of Edoardo Mortara.[7]

With 2:30 left to go Jani would venture out onto the circuit first in group three, with the rest exiting the pitlane together around thirty seconds later, with Lynn at the head of the queue.[8] de Vries would opt to pass the #94 Mahindra down the inside of turn seven, while d'Ambrosio passed Mortara a few moments later.[8] Rast hence brought up the rear of the group in the #66 Audi as, up ahead, Jani opened his lap in the #18 Porsche.[8]

Jani's effort would be a competent one, with strong times in sectors two and three leaving him in fourth place, before a fastest middle sector for de Vries carried the #17 Mercedes into third.[8] Lynn was next across the line and went fifth, his lap undermined by a lock-up into turn fifteen, although he was comfortably ahead of teammate d'Ambrosio who could only muster tenth.[8] Mortara then shot into fifth in the #48 Venturi after a strong final sector, only to be pushed back to sixth when Rast went second fastest, having matched Buemi also sector-to-sector and taking a notably wider line through turns two and three.[8]

Group 4

The fourth and final group of the session featured the lowest six drivers in the Championship, all of whom were fighting to try and get points and/or a race seat for the 2020/21 season with one strong race.[7] Felipe Massa was the standout name for Venturi, who had already been signed for 2020/21, with a similarly safe Oliver Turvey also in action for NIO.[7] The latter's teammate Daniel Abt would also be in action, as were the two GEOX DRAGONs of Nico Müller and Sérgio Sette Câmara, and the #51 Jaguar of Tom Blomqvist.[7]

It was the #6 Dragon of Sette Câmara that led the final sextet out onto the circuit with 2:30 left on the clock, with the final group opting to space themselves out completely, unlike the earlier groups.[8] Sette Câmara would go on to set a good lap to go ninth fastest, and bar a mistake in turn eleven when the nose washed out wide, could have threatened those in the top six.[8] Massa was next across the line but would suffer badly with oversteer, leaving him in eleventh at the end of his lap.[8]

Next up was Abt, although even a clean run in the #33 NIO would only get the German racer into fifteenth at the end of the lap, moments before Blomqvist went twelfth fastest in the #51 Jaguar.[8] A miserable lap for Müller followed, dropping the Swiss racer into 21st and among the six drivers from group one, while Turvey completed the group session with a 1:15.958 to go thirteenth fastest after a clean run through all three sectors.[8]

Super Pole

With no-one in groups one or four in Super Pole it was Mortara who opened the shootout, taking a very tight line through the first corner to record an unspectacular first sector time.[8] Indeed, that opening sector would undermine the rest of Mortara's lap, for strong second and third sectors left him on a 1:16.053, some two tenths slower than he had been in the group stage.[8] Frijns hence showed how weak Mortara's first sector was, instantly finding two tenths, before matching the Swiss racer blow for blow through the second and third sectors, with a huge slice of kerb to boot in turn eight, to go fastest with a 1:15.867.[8]

de Vries was the next man in the shootout to set a time, with the Dutchman again setting a new benchmark through the first sector, despite a small slide out of turn three.[8] He matched that with a measured run through the second sector, staying away from the turn eight kerb, and an okay final sector to claim a 1:17.738, before teammate Vandoorne stole the show.[8] Indeed, Vandoorne would not only match de Vries in the first sector, but would dance the #5 Mercedes through the second sector and then crush the best time for the third sector to go fastest with a 1:15.468.[8]

Rast followed the Vandoorne show in the #66 Audi, although despite matching the #5 Mercedes in the first and third sectors, a loss of two tenths in the second sector due to a lock-up at turn seven left the German racer between the two Mercedes on a 1:15.720.[8] Buemi then took to the circuit to complete the shootout, and duly opened his lap with a very clean, precise first sector, with Buemi just 0.002s down on Vandoorne.[8] He then lost half a tenth in the second sector, that ultimately ensured that he ended up 0.059s behind the Belgian racer at the end of the lap, leaving Vandoorne on pole.[8]

Post Qualifying

The final qualifying result for the 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI are outlined below:

2020 Berlin E-Prix VI Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid Group
1st 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:15.468 1 G2
2nd 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:15.527 +0.059s 2 G2
3rd 66 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:15.720 +0.252s 3 G3
4th 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:15.738 +0.270s 4 G3
5th 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:15.867 +0.399s 5 G2
6th 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:16.055 +0.587s 6 G3
Super Pole
1st 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:15.660 SP G2
2nd 66 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:15.688 +0.028s SP G3
3rd 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:15.717 +0.057s SP G2
4th 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:15.729 +0.069s SP G3
5th 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:15.793 +0.133s SP G2
6th 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:15.848 +0.188s SP G3
7th 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:15.851 +0.191s 7 G3
8th 18 Flag of Switzerland.png Neel Jani Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:15.861 +0.201s 8 G3
9th 6 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png GEOX DRAGON 1:15.904 +0.244s 9 G4
10th 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:15.915 +0.255s 10 G2
11th 19 Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:15.937 +0.277s 11 G4
12th 51 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:15.958 +0.298s 12 G4
13th 3 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:15.958 +0.298s 13 G4
14th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:16.002 +0.342s 14 G2
15th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of Germany.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:16.028 +0.368s 15 G2
16th 64 Flag of Belgium.png Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:16.057 +0.397s 16 G3
17th 33 Flag of Germany.png Daniel Abt Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:16.109 +0.449s 17 G4
18th 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of Germany.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:16.134 +0.474s 18 G1
19th 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:16.176 +0.516s 19 G1
20th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:16.317 +0.657s 20 G1
21st 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:16.393 +0.733s 21 G1
22nd 7 Flag of Switzerland.png Nico Müller Flag of the United States.png GEOX DRAGON 1:16.409 +0.749s 22 G4
23rd 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:16.449 +0.789s 23 G1
24th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:16.993 +1.333s 24 G1
110% Time: 1:23.626[9]
Source:[9]

Race

Conditions were still dry and warm for the sixth and final E-Prix in Berlin, with the air and track temperatures hovering around 30°C as the field assembled on the grid.[10] There would also be a late change to the order as Nico Müller was forced to start from the pitlane after an issue, while ROKiT Venturi made a surprise announcement moments before the start that it would be Felipe Massa's last race with them after two seasons.[10] With that the field pulled off from the dummy grid and onto the proper grid, with Stoffel Vandoorne starting the final race of the 2019/20 season from pole position.[10]

Report

When the lights went out Vandoorne would manage to translate pole into an early lead, easing ahead of Sébastien Buemi into the tightening left hand curve.[10] Buemi would instead have to swat aside a look from René Rast around the outside of the left-hander, with Rast only just managing to slot back into the pack in third ahead of Nyck de Vries through turn two/three.[10] Otherwise it was a surprisingly clean start, with Edoardo Mortara the main mover as he drove right around the outside of Robin Frijns to claim fifth, beautifully controlling the rear of his car as it threatened to break away on the dustier line.[10]

Further around the opening tour Sérgio Sette Câmara caused some bunching up into turn seven, the Brazilian taking a very defensive line into the hairpin to keep Lucas di Grassi at bay to hold ninth.[10] That hence resulted in Jean-Éric Vergne drawing alongside Champion teammate António Félix da Costa at the back of the field, with the pair duly running through turns seven through ten side-by-side before Vergne seized eighteenth into turn eleven.[10] As that resolved itself de Vries would catch Rast sleeping into the penultimate corner, seizing third with a well timed lunge to the inside of the right hand hairpin.[10]

de Vries instantly moved up to harass Buemi as the second lap started, allowing Vandoorne to establish a 1.5 second lead after the first lap and a third were completed.[10] Elsewhere, Sette Câmara would manage to escape from di Grassi and instead harass Neel Jani for eighth, slithering past the #18 Porsche into turn fifteen at the end of lap two, with Jani making a failed bid to challenge through the final corner.[10] di Grassi duly took advantage of Jani's lost momentum to sweep past the Swiss racer for ninth into turn one on the start of the following lap, while behind Sam Bird scythed past Alexander Sims for twelfth, and Maximilian Günther eased past Oliver Turvey.[10]

Out front, meanwhile, the race would begin to settle, with Vandoorne pacing himself in the lead, of the race, while de Vries plotted how he was going to pass Buemi for second.[10] The Dutchman ultimately settled on using Attack Mode to try and undercut the Swiss racer, although he would wait until Frijns had finally made a move stick of Mortara for fifth that had the side effect of opening a gap between themselves and fourth placed Rast.[10] de Vries duly slotted in behind Rast's #66 Audi after arming the boost on lap seven, although he was quickly on the tail of the German rookie in a bid to reclaim third.[10]

Indeed, a lap after taking AM the #17 Mercedes was sliding down the inside of Rast into turn seven to move back into third, just as teammate Vandoorne surrendered the lead to Buemi by arming AM.[10] Vandoorne would subsequently fire down the inside of Buemi into the first corner on the following tour, with Buemi going on to arm AM later in the lap, slipping behind de Vries and almost falling behind Rast.[10] With that Vandoorne managed to escape up the road, while Buemi had to wait until de Vries' AM boost ended before firing back past the #17 Mercedes into the first corner on lap twelve.[10]

As the rest of the leaders' AM boosts ended Rast decided to start the flurry again, arming AM for a second time on thirteen to drop back behind Frijns.[10] de Vries then armed AM for a second time a lap later and held third from Frijns, while Rast fired back past the latter Dutchman to reclaim fourth into turn one on the following tour.[10] Vandoorne would take his AM boost on the following tour and slip back behind Buemi, before the Swiss racer was punished by the undercut and slipped behind Vandoorne, de Vries and Rast when he took AM on lap sixteen.[10]

Buemi duly reclaimed third from Rast by drafting past the #66 Audi down the start/finish straight when Rast's AM boost ended, although he would only just manage to fire past de Vries into turn one on lap nineteen before his own AM faded.[10] de Vries was therefore able to remain glued to the tail of the #23 Nissan e.Dams as AM faded for the Swiss racer, with both now a second shy of race leader Vandoorne.[10] Indeed, Vandoorne was now able to pace himself against those behind him with AM over, with the lead quintet the only drivers to have armed AM at all, let alone used both their boosts.[10]

As the fight for the lead evolved into a stalemate, there would be more action in the midfield, with Sims allowing teammate Günther to pass for thirteenth unopposed.[10] Instead, the Brit would put up a ferocious defence from Vergne instead as Günther made his way onto the back of Massa for twelfth, although the #27 BMW-Andretti would finally relent when Vergne hip-checked Sims into turn eight.[10] da Costa made a cleaner move stick on the Brit into turn one at the start of the following tour, while behind Mitch Evans and Jérôme d'Ambrosio engaged in a duel for seventeenth.[10]

Massa soon fell to Günther, before both Vergne and da Costa shot past the #19 Venturi in what was to be his final E-Prix with the team.[10] The latter trio soon caught and passed Sette Câmara, Günther and Vergne elbowing their way past at turn seven, while da Costa pounced on the Brazilian by selling the rookie a dummy into turn fifteen a lap later.[10] Up ahead, meanwhile, Lucas di Grassi was trading sixth place with Alex Lynn as they took AM, before the Brazilian racer finally broke away to catch Frijns in fifth.[10]

After two identical incidents in the previous two races, di Grassi would once again make an aggressive move into turn one in a bid to pass Frijns, driving around the outside of the #4 Virgin before squeezing the Dutchman to the inside wall.[10] Much like the Brazilian's other incidents, Frijns would opt to keep his nose down the inside of the #11 Audi rather than back off, resulting in di Grassi sliding out wide.[10] Frijns hence held onto fifth as they entered turn two/three, with the incident placed under investigation.[10]

Behind, Sam Bird would muscle his way past Edoardo Mortara for seventh, with the Swiss racer subsequently slipping behind Günther after the #28 BMW squeezed inside the #48 Venturi into turn one.[10] Out front, meanwhile, de Vries would use FanBoost to line-up a lunge on Buemi into turn seven with ten minutes to go, although his late lunge to the inside of the hairpin would be met by Buemi squeezing the Dutchman to the inside wall.[10] That resulted in contact between the two at the apex, with Buemi ultimately scrambling out of the corner still in second, while Rast had closed right onto their tail.[10]

Frijns and di Grassi too would begin to close up on the developing fight for second, as would Bird as the Brit used AM to close onto the tail of the sister, factory run, Audi.[10] di Grassi duly slipped behind the Brit when he armed AM on lap 30, with his drop off the back of the two Virgins allowing Frijns to let Bird through for fifth with five minutes to go.[10] di Grassi subsequently used the boost to close onto the back of Frijns, before attempting to sell the Dutchman a dummy into turn seven, with Frijns hanging on on the outside of the hairpin.[10] As a result di Grassi seemingly opened the steering and hence bumped the Dutchman wide as they came through the exit, leaving di Grassi in sixth and Frijns in seventh.[10]

Back with de Vries and the Dutchman had a 2% energy advantage over both Buemi and teammate Vandoorne, although the Belgian racer had jumped two seconds clear as de Vries and Buemi battled for second.[10] On lap 33 with two minutes to go de Vries made his latest bid for second, sending a late lunge down the inside of the Swiss racer at turn seven, with Buemi reacting too late to block the move.[10] de Vries duly scrambled out of the corner in second to go chasing after Vandoorne, while Rast lined up a move on Buemi knowing he had 1% energy advantage over the Swiss racer.[10]

As the fight for second was resolved Frijns found himself back as the centre of attention, with Günther sliding down the outside of the #4 Virgin at turn fifteen after the Dutchman's pace suddenly collapsed.[10] The two duly made contact as Frijns ran wide, with the two locking together as a result and running towards the outside wall.[10] A handful of cars would pass before they untangled themselves and rejoined in twelfth and thirteenth, with Frijns slowing out of the final corner a few moments later with a puncture.[10]

That, ultimately, proved to be the last significant incident in the race, with Vandoorne sweeping across the line half a second clear of teammate de Vries to score a maiden victory for himself and Mercedes, while second for de Vries earned them a maiden one-two.[10] Buemi kept Rast at bay in a sprint to the line with 0% battery to complete the podium, while Bird ran out of time to catch them and had to settle for fifth in his final race for Virgin.[10] di Grassi was next up ahead of Vergne, Alex Lynn held onto eighth ahead of soon to be crowned Champion da Costa, while Mortara claimed the final point of the season in tenth.[10]

Result

The final classification of the 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2020 Berlin E-Prix VI Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 36 47:22.107 1:18.038 28
2nd 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 36 +1.340s 1:17.884 18
3rd 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 36 +2.841s 1:17.627 16G
4th 66 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 36 +3.580s 1:17.847 12
5th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 36 +8.710s 1:17.562 11
6th 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 36 +11.593s 1:17.650 8
7th 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 36 +12.895s 1:18.050 6
8th 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 36 +14.719s 1:18.175 4
9th 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa FanBoost Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne 36 +15.304s 1:18.156 2
10th 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 36 +16.154s 1:18.118 1
11th 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 36 +16.348s 1:17.856
12th 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 36 +17.798s 1:17.692
13th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 36 +22.229s 1:18.056
14th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 36 +23.893s 1:18.438
15th 18 Flag of Switzerland.png Neel Jani Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 36 +24.888s 1:18.678
16th 19 Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 36 +25.577s 1:18.426
17th 51 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 36 +25.992s 1:18.279
18th 64 Flag of Belgium.png Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 36 +30.485s 1:18.117
19th 6 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png GEOX DRAGON 36 +31.453s 1:18.481
20th 33 Flag of Germany.png Daniel Abt FanBoost Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 36 +38.071s 1:18.852
21st 3 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 36 +39.694s 1:19.049
22nd* 7 Flag of Switzerland.png Nico Müller Flag of the United States.png GEOX DRAGON 36 +1:11.178 1:17.469
NC 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 33 Retired 1:17.932
Ret 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 25 Damage 1:17.783
Source:[9]
  • FanBoost Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
  • G Indicates a driver was awarded a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
  • * Müller set the fastest lap of the race, but was ineligible to score points as he finished out of the top ten.[9]
  • Frijns was unable to be classified despite completing 90% of the race distance as he failed to complete the final lap.[9]

Milestones

Standings

With that António Félix da Costa was officially declared as the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship Champion, having scored 158 points across eleven races. Stoffel Vandoorne, meanwhile, would finish as runner-up with victory on the final day, edging out out-going Champion Jean-Éric Vergne by a single point. Sébastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland completed the top five, a point between them, with 23 of the 28 drivers to have raced in 2019/20 having scored.

In the Teams' Championship it was DS Techeetah who would start the 2020/21 season as the defending Champions, having completed the 2019/20 season with 244 points to their credit. Their closest challengers were Nissan e.Dams on 167, while the final day one-two for Mercedes pushed them up to third on 147. Envision Virgin Racing were next up ahead of BMW-Andretti, while the NIO 333 FE Team were the only team that failed to score in Season Six.

2019/20 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa 158 ◄0
2nd Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne 87 ▲7
3rd Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne 86 ◄0
4th Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi 84 ▲4
5th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland 83 ▼3
6th Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi 77 ▲1
7th Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans 71 ▼3
8th Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer 71 ▼3
9th Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther 69 ▼3
10th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird 63 ▲1
11th Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries 60 ▲2
12th Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns 58 ▼2
13th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims 49 ▼1
14th Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara 41 ◄0
15th Flag of Germany.png René Rast 29 ▲1
16th Flag of Belgium.png Jérôme d'Ambrosio 19 ▼1
17th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn 16 ▲1
18th Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein 14 ▼1
19th Flag of the United Kingdom.png James Calado 10 ◄0
20th Flag of Switzerland.png Neel Jani 8 ◄0
21st Flag of Germany.png Daniel Abt 8 ◄0
22nd Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 3 ◄0
23rd Flag of New Zealand.png Brendon Hartley 2 ◄0
2019/20 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 244 ◄0
2nd Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 167 ◄0
3rd Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 147 ▲2
4th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 121 ◄0
5th Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 118 ▼2
6th Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 114 ◄0
7th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 81 ◄0
8th Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 79 ◄0
9th Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 49 ◄0
10th Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 44 ◄0
11th Flag of the United States.png GEOX Dragon 2 ◄0
12th Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 0 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

References

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2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONMahindra RacingMercedes-Benz EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingROKiT Venturi RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
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Cars
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Drivers
2 Sam Bird3 Oliver Turvey4 Robin Frijns5 Stoffel Vandoorne6 Brendon Hartley/Sérgio Sette Câmara7 Nico Müller11 Lucas di Grassi13 António Félix da Costa17 Nyck de Vries18 Neel Jani19 Felipe Massa20 Mitch Evans22 Oliver Rowland23 Sébastien Buemi25 Jean-Éric Vergne27 Alexander Sims28 Maximilian Günther33 Ma Qing Hua/Daniel Abt36 André Lotterer48 Edoardo Mortara51 James Calado64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio66 Daniel Abt/René Rast94 Pascal Wehrlein/Alex Lynn
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