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Flag of Germany.png 2021 Berlin E-Prix I
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The Tempelhofring hosted the season finale for the second season in a row.
Race Information
Date 14 August 2021
E-Prix No. 83 (14 of 2020/21)
Official Name 2021 BMW i Berlin E-Prix I presented by CBMM Niobium
Location Flag of Berlin.png Tempelhofring
Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany
Format 45 min + 1 Lap
Lap length 2.355 km (1.476 mi)
Distance 38 laps / 89.490 km (55.606 mi)
Support Race
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne
Team Flag of China.png DS Techeetah
Time 1:06.227
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Germany.png René Rast
Team Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Fastest Lap 1:08.908 on lap 16
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans
Winner Team Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Time 46:22.528
ePrix Guide
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Post-Race Test

The 2021 Berlin E-Prix I, formally known as the 2021 BMW i Berlin E-Prix I presented by CBMM Niobium, was the fourteenth and penultimate round of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged at the Tempelhofring in Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany, on 14 August 2021.[1][2] The race would be the first of two in Berlin to conclude the 2020/21 season, with eighteen drivers still in mathematical contention for the Championship title.[1][3]

Qualifying saw Jean-Éric Vergne lead teammate and fellow title pretender António Félix da Costa to a DS Techeetah front-row lock-out, repeating the feat they achieved at the 2020 Berlin E-Prix I.[4] Behind, di Grassi was best of the rest ahead of Edoardo Mortara, Norman Nato and Sébastien Buemi, while Championship leader Nyck de Vries was down in nineteenth.[4]

The start of the race saw the two DS Techeetahs get away fairly evenly, with da Costa almost entertaining a lunge around the outside of his teammate into turn one.[5] Thinking better of it da Costa slotted into second, while behind di Grassi secured his hold on third by resisting a lunge from Mortara.[5]

It proved to be a low-key start to the race, with the only incident of note in the first ten minutes being contact between André Lotterer and Sam Bird that potentially led to the Brit's retirement.[5] Indeed, a failure for Bird on the start/finish straight on lap eight would trigger a Safety Car, allowing the fairly spaced out field to regroup behind the two black-gold Techeetahs.[5]

The race resumed four minutes later, with Vergne sweeping away with da Costa and di Grassi in tow, while Mortara and Nato gave chase with Mitch Evans on their tail.[5] Elsewhere, Oliver Rowland and Buemi would arm Attack Mode for the first time on lap nine, with Rowland rejoining alongside Pascal Wehrlein, who duly took himself out of contention by making contact with the #22 Nissan e.Dams.[5]

Attack Mode would also fuel the rise of René Rast, who stormed up from outside of the top ten to fourth, making lunge after lunge into either turn one or turn six.[5] As he came up to the tail of teammate di Grassi the two DS Techeetahs swapped positions before arming AM for themselves, resulting in di Grassi and Rast leading the field, with the Brazilian fighting to keep his boosted teammate at bay.[5]

Once his boost was gone Rast fell back down the field, needing to conserve having burned a lot of energy during his charge.[5] He subsequently slipped back behind the Techeetahs and the two ROKiT Venturis, with Mortara and Nato having both elbowed their way past da Costa and Vergne in the AM exchanges.[5]

Those two would go on to lead the race when di Grassi armed AM, although once their AM boosts ran out they were powerless to deny the #11 Audi the lead.[5] Mortara duly joined di Grassi in a break away at the head of the field in the closing stages, while Nato would fall to a late charge from Evans, who had Jake Dennis in tow to setup a late brawl for third.[5]

That fight would last until the finish as, out front, di Grassi used the last of his energy in a sprint to the chequered flag out of the final corner to secure victory and leap into serious title contention.[5] Mortara was only a tenth behind in second, while Evans denied Nato, Dennis, Vergne, da Costa, Maximilian Günther and Rast in their brawl for third.[5] Lotterer subsequently claimed the final point in tenth, as Championship leader de Vries finished a lap down in 22nd, leaving fourteen drivers still in mathematical contention on the final day.[5]

Background

For the second successive season the ABB FIA Formula E Championship would conclude in Germany, as the Series returned to the Tempelhofring in Berlin for the final two races of the 2020/21 World Championship.[1] Using the standard layout of the circuit on the former airport apron, the FE finale would be held three weeks after the previous round in London, but with a twist for the final day.[1] Indeed, for the final race the field would use the reversed layout of the Tempelhofring, which had debuted as part of the colossal end to the 2019/20 season.[6]

de Vries' Dance

With two races to go it was Nyck de Vries who led the Championship charge leaving London, the Dutchman having moved onto 95 points with two podium finishes in the British capital. His compatriot Robin Frijns occupied second, six off the lead, while Sam Bird, despite failing to score at all in London, was third on 81 points. Jake Dennis and António Félix da Costa then completed the top five, with everyone down to Nico Müller down in nineteenth still in mathematical contention for the title.

In the Teams' Championship Envision Virgin Racing had left their home round having reclaimed the lead, and would hold a seven point advantage heading to the finale in Berlin. Mercedes would head to their "home" round in second, two ahead of Jaguar Racing, while DS Techeetah had fallen from the lead to fourth and seventeen off the lead. BMW i Andretti Motorsport then completed the top five, with all teams bar Dragon/Penske Autosport and NIO 333 FE Team still in the hunt mathematically.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix I is displayed below:

2021 Berlin E-Prix I Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07
5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport Penske EV-5
7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport Penske EV-5
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO 333 FE 001
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type V
11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07
13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 21
17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type V
22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03
23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03
25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 21
27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21
28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21
29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M7Electro
33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07
36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07
48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO 333 FE 001
94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M7Electro
99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
Source:[7]

Practice

FP1

FP2

Qualifying

Qualifying for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix I would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[4]

Group 1

As with the rest of the 2020/21 season the opening group of the qualifying session saw those positioned in the top six of the Championship head onto the circuit, headlined by Championship leader Nyck de Vries.[8] The Dutchman would be joined on track by compatriot Robin Frijns of Envision Virgin Racing, as well as António Félix da Costa, the defending Champion in the #13 DS Techeetah.[8] A trio of British drivers would also enter the fray in group one, with Sam Bird of Jaguar, Jake Dennis of BMW-Andretti, and Alex Lynn in the #94 Mahindra also in action.[8]

First out onto the circuit would be da Costa, as the first group split between completing warm-up laps, and going straight into their flying laps on the increasingly hot Tempelhof Airport apron.[9] The Portuguese ace was followed out of the pits by de Vries and Frijns, the latter passing his compatriot on their out lap from the pits.[9] After a pause Dennis would lead Bird and Lynn out on the circuit, with all three joining in front of da Costa, and would hence complete their flying laps before the other three, despite not completing warm-ups.[9]

Dennis was the first to record a time, and after a clean run through all three sectors the Brit set the initial pace at a 1:06.592, potentially having lost some time in the final corner after catching de Vries just as the #17 Mercedes pilot was starting his flying lap.[9] Bird was next across the line but could not overcome a tenth lost in the first sector, while Lynn had a miserable run in the second sector and was well adrift in third.[9] da Costa went next and went fastest with a 1:06.486, Frijns lost half a second running wide at the final corner and slotted into fifth, while de Vries got caught out watching Frijns' mistake and lost time in the third sector too, slotting into fourth.[9]

Group 2

The second sextet of the session saw those positioned seventh through twelfth in the Championship join the session, with all six drivers within a maximum score of de Vries at the start of the day.[8] Nick Cassidy and compatriot Mitch Evans would headline the sextet for Virgin and Jaguar respectively, while two-time Champion Jean-Éric Vergne would also compete in the second DS Techeetah.[8] Also in action would be the first of the Venturi run Mercedes piloted by Edoardo Mortara, René Rast in the #33 Audi and Pascal Wehrlein in the lead Porsche.[8]

Much like the opening group there would be an even split of drivers completing warm-up laps and those going straight onto flyers, with Cassidy the first to leave the pits with three minutes to go.[9] Joined on track soon after by Vergne and Evans, Wehrlein would wait until they were half way around before joining the fray, before starting his flying lap.[9] Rast, meanwhile, would leave the pits and join in the queue behind Vergne as the Frenchman opened his warm-up lap, while Mortara was the last to leave the pitlane and joined behind Evans.[9]

Wehrlein would hence start the runs in the third sextet, with the German racer matching da Costa in the first sector, only to lose time in the second sector with a slide at turn six, leaving him in third.[9] After a brief pause Cassidy swept across the line to claim fifth, punished by a mistake in the opening sector, before Vergne stormed across the line having set new benchmarks in all three sectors to go fastest by a quarter of a second.[9] Rast was next but could only secure sixth, and was hence instantly relegated out of Super Pole contention by Evans, while Mortara matched Vergne in two of the three sectors to go second fastest.[9]

Group 3

Group three would see drivers positioned thirteenth through eighteenth take to the circuit, with all six drivers remaining in mathematical contention for the crown with two races to go.[8] Headlining the group would be pre-season favourite Stoffel Vandoorne in the #5 Mercedes, sat just 32 off the lead, with Lucas di Grassi in the #11 Audi and the #28 BMW-Andretti piloted by Maximilian Günther also in action, and just a point behind the Belgian ace.[8] Quali-ace Oliver Rowland would also be in action for Nissan e.Dams, with André Lotterer of Porsche and Alexander Sims of Mahindra rounding out the group.[8]

Vandoorne was the first driver to leave the pitlane for the third sextet, the Belgian ace followed out of the pitlane a few seconds later by Sims in the #29 Mahindra.[9] Rowland joined those two on circuit, the first three again committing to warm-up laps, while Lotterer waited in the pits along with Günther and di Grassi.[9] Those three duly filtered out among the three already on circuit, with Lotterer and Günther ahead of Vandoorne, while di Grassi joined in just behind the #5 Mercedes.[9]

First to set a time would be Lotterer, who would make a mistake in turn one with a slide, before minor errors in sector two saw him slot into tenth, four tenths off the pace.[9] Günther, meanwhile, would survive a minor brush with the outside wall exiting turn nine to go seventh, while a miserable run for Vandoorne in the second sector saw the Belgian racer slot into fourteenth.[9] di Grassi went next and matched Vergne in the final sector to go fourth, Sims was a disappointed thirteenth, while Rowland threw away hopes of another Super Pole appearance by making a mistake at turn ten, leaving him in ninth.[9]

Group 4

The final sextet of the session saw those in the bottom six of the Championship standings head out onto the circuit, all of whom were no longer able to claim the title.[8] Regardless, all six drivers would aim to round out the season strongly, with former Champion Sébastien Buemi the standout name in the second Nissan, while Norman Nato was expected to perform in the fourth of the Mercedes powered cars.[8] Also in action would be the two Dragon/Penskes of Sérgio Sette Câmara and Joel Eriksson, as well as the two NIOs of Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist.[8]

Once again there would be an even split between drivers completing warm-up laps and those opting to dive straight in at full power in the final group, with the two NIOs leaving the pitlane first.[9] Indeed, Turvey would lead teammate Blomqvist out the pitlane, with the #6 Dragon/Penske of Eriksson in tow, while Sette Câmara, Nato and Buemi bided their time.[9] Those three all duly joined the fray after the first trio had started their warm-up laps, with all six making it across the line to opening their flying laps in time.[9]

Turvey and Blomqvist both put together clean, but unspectacular, laps to claim sixteenth and fifteenth respectively at the end of their runs, while Eriksson struggled in the opening and final sectors to slot into 21st.[9] Sette Câmara went next but could only muster sixteenth, before Buemi lit up the timing screens with a new fastest first sector, only to trail off over the rest of the lap.[9] The #23 Nissan ended up in fourth come the end of his run, while Nato caused a stir by jumping into second, having matched teammate Mortara in each of the three sectors.[9]

Super Pole

di Grassi was the first driver to venture out onto the circuit in Super Pole, and the Brazilian racer would instantly cause a stir by using some aggressive braking on his out-lap, causing frequent puffs of tyre smoke as he warmed up his tyres and brakes.[9] Fortunately for di Grassi this was not a sign of a braking issue, and the Brazilian racer duly delivered a very clean run to set the Super Pole benchmark at 1:06.427.[9] Buemi went next to try and dislodge his old rival, although a wide run in turn six, combined with a slide exiting turn ten saw the Swiss ace fall six tenths away from di Grassi's mark.[9]

da Costa, having survived from group one, was the next driver to enter the shootout, and would open his lap with an aggressive lunge into the first corner that caused the #13 DS Techeetah to visibly twitch.[9] Yet, da Costa would ace the first sector, beating di Grassi by a hundredth, before eking out his advantage to a tenth and a half come the end of the lap to claim provisional pole with a 1:06.300.[9] Mortara was next out on track and would be tidy through turn one, although slides exiting turns three and six cost him time, leaving him in third just 0.015s behind di Grassi.[9]

Nato followed his teammate out onto the circuit, although minor twitches entering turns one and nine saw the #71 Venturi slot into fourth behind the sister car.[9] That left Vergne as the only driver who could displace his teammate da Costa, and the #25 DS Techeetah would open its run strongly, taking a tight line through turn one before hurdling the kerb at turn four to go 0.04s up in the first sector.[9] A next benchmark in the second sector followed, before Vergne got a near perfect exit from the final corner to secure pole position with a new fastest third sector, setting a 1:06.227 to claim pole and a front-row lock-out for DS Techeetah.[9]

Post Qualifying

The final qualifying result for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix I are outlined below:

2021 Berlin E-Prix I Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid Group
1st 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:06.227 1 G2
2nd 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:06.300 +0.073s 2 G1
3rd 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Sportsline 1:06.427 +0.200s 3 G3
4th 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:06.442 +0.215s 4 G2
5th 71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:06.489 +0.262s 5 G4
6th 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:07.011 +0.784s 6 G4
Super Pole
1st 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:06.239 SP G2
2nd 71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:06.425 +0.186s SP G4
3rd 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:06.426 +0.187s SP G2
4th 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:06.486 +0.247s SP G1
5th 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:06.509 +0.270s SP G4
6th 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Sportsline 1:06.555 +0.316s SP G3
7th 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:06.568 +0.329s 7 G2
8th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:06.592 +0.353s 8 G1
9th 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:06.612 +0.373s 9 G2
10th 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:06.627 +0.388s 10 G3
11th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:06.658 +0.419s 11 G3
12th* 10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:06.713 +0.474s 15* G1
13th 33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Sportsline 1:06.729 +0.490s 12 G2
14th 37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:06.736 +0.497s 13 G2
15th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:06.789 +0.550s 14 G3
16th 29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:06.814 +0.575s 16 G3
17th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:06.837 +0.598s 17 G4
18th 7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 1:06.852 +0.613s 18 G4
19th 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:06.902 +0.663s 19 G1
20th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:06.948 +0.709s 20 G4
21st 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:06.972 +0.733s 21 G1
22nd 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:07.006 +0.767s 22 G3
23rd 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:07.156 +0.917s 23 G1
24th 6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 1:07.815 +1.576s 24 G4
110% Time: 1:12.862[10]
Source:[10]

Race

It was still warm and dry in Berlin as the FE field gathered on the grid for the penultimate race of the season, with no threat of rain on the standard Tempelhofring circuit.[12] Likewise, there were no issues in terms of battery temperatures nor energy use prior to the start, although there were concerns that the Michelin tyres would struggle towards the end of the race, given the abrasive nature of the apron at the Tempelhof airfield.[12] There would also be a late change to the Attack Mode rules for the race, with a single eight minute use required during the E-Prix, rather than the usual two bursts lasting four minutes.[13]

Report

The start of the race saw even starts for Jean-Éric Vergne and António Félix da Costa on the front row, although on the run to the first corner da Costa would draw alongside his teammate.[12] However, rather than force the issue the Portuguese ace would decide to drop back in behind his teammate through the sweeping left hander, aided by the fact that Lucas di Grassi had made an indifferent start and had not forced his way down the inside of the #13 DS Techeetah.[12] Behind, the rest of the field would plunge into the first set of corners without issue, although Mitch Evans would manage to dance around the outside of Sébastien Buemi to claim sixth.[12]

The rest of the opening tour would be more brutal, with Sam Bird the first of the title pretenders to effectively be removed from the race when he was punted into a half-spin by André Lotterer at turn six.[12] The #10 Jaguar resumed in thirteenth but was off the back of the lead group, while Lotterer dropped back to fifteenth behind René Rast with damage to the nose of his car.[12] That collision followed an intense exchange between Jake Dennis and Pascal Wehrlein for eighth, which had seen the two run wide at turn six and allow Oliver Rowland to pass the pair of them.[12]

After that the race would quickly settle down, with the top five opening out a small gap over Evans in sixth, while the rest of the field formed a peleton behind Bird in thirteenth as the Brit tried to make up for lost time.[12] Indeed, after the opening tour all of the action would be found at the back of the pack, with Championship leader Nyck de Vries making a move on Oliver Turvey for seventeenth, while Robin Frijns elbowed his way past Stoffel Vandoorne for 21st.[12] Out front, meanwhile, Vergne would hold a small advantage over da Costa, who went unpunished for a lock-up on lap three entering turn six that almost allowed di Grassi to sneak ahead.[12]

The battles continued as Attack Mode came into play, with Lotterer the first to arm his boost on lap six, dropping back to sixteenth as he tried to regain lost ground.[12] Up ahead Nick Cassidy would be rudely bumped down the field, starting with a late lunge from Maximilian Günther at turn six to claim eleventh, before Bird slithered past on the exit.[12] Rast then came up onto the tail of the #37 Envision Virgin and forced his way through on the brakes for turn eight, with Lotterer, now armed with AM, also closing sweeping past Cassidy out of the final corner.[12]

Lotterer went on to pass Rast two laps later, just after teammate Wehrlein armed the boost and retained tenth, having gained a gap courtesy of the Cassidy exchanges.[12] The two Nissan e.Dams were next to arm AM on lap nine, Rowland following Sébastien Buemi through the loop, with Wehrlein slotting in between due to the time they had lost.[12] However, Rowland would get a better exit and try to dart inside the #99 Porsche on the run to turn seven, only for Wehrlein to try and make a late move to the inside to block the #22 Nissan.[12]

That dart was too late from the former F1 racer, with Wehrlein only succeeding in hitting the side of Rowland's car, and causing a potentially race ending puncture to his car.[12] However, a life-line was handed to Wehrlein a few moments later, for Bird would come to a stop on the start/finish straight with an issue, with the #10 Jaguar in a tricky spot to be retrieved from.[12] After one lap under yellows to try and let Bird get the car clear on his own the Safety Car was deployed, moments after Rowland moved past Buemi for eighth and Wehrlein rejoined from the pits, almost a full lap down.[12]

After four minutes and two laps the race resumed, with Vergne leaving his break from the pack until the last moment to try and catch da Costa and the rest of the field out.[12] Behind, di Grassi made a mistake out of the final corner and almost fell behind Edoardo Mortara, who backed out of a lunge into the first corner, while Norman Nato worked to defend fifth from Evans.[12] Rast, meanwhile, would opt to arm Attack Mode on the restart lap and slipped to twelfth, Lotterer moving ahead, which was the only other change on the restart lap.[12]

The following lap saw Rast begin an Attack fuelled charge, starting with a robust move on Lotterer down the inside of the first corner that left him right on the tail of Günther entering turn two.[12] Günther duly fell to the #33 Audi exiting turn five, unable to resist the boosted German pilot, before Rast sent his car scything down the inside of Buemi entering turn six for ninth a few moments later.[12] Rast duly went darting clear to catch and pass Rowland, a move he completed at the start of the next lap, while Günther and Lotterer would make their own moves on Buemi in the aftermath of Rast's lunge on the #23 Nissan.[12]

Jake Dennis was the next driver to fall to Rast at the end of lap seventeen, with the #33 Audi duly closing rapidly onto the back of Evans for sixth on the following lap.[12] Out front, meanwhile, da Costa was keen to get a move on, and duly moved past Vergne down the inside of turn six with Vergne opting not to defend.[12] The Portuguese racer duly began to ease clear, as behind Rast lunged down the inside of Evans to secure sixth, which immediately became fifth as Mortara armed AM.[12]

Nato would also fall to Rast at turn nine, meaning Rast was now up to fourth behind teammate di Grassi, who now had Vergne firmly in his sights as the #25 DS Techeetah seemed to be lacking pace.[12] Indeed, on the following tour di Grassi would fire the #11 Audi down the inside of Vergne entering turn six, with Rast also following the sister Audi through to claim third.[12] A few moments later and the two Audis were tucked under the diffuser of da Costa to challenge for the lead, while Vergne fell without much resistance to Mortara.[12]

di Grassi and Rast caught da Costa at the end of the following tour, and a strong run out of turn ten allowed the #11 Audi to squeeze down the inside of the #13 Techeetah on the run to turn one.[12] di Grassi duly eased into the lead with the inside line through the sweeping first corner, with Rast also making it through having tucked his car right in behind di Grassi's.[12] They duly darted away exiting turn three, with Mortara instead moving up to challenge da Costa for third and duly lunging past on the brakes for turn six.[12]

Mortara moved up to engage Rast as the German racer's AM boost ran out, and would duly ease past the #33 Audi down the start/finish straight at the start of the following tour.[12] Mortara then moved into the lead as di Grassi armed AM at turn six a few seconds later, while Rast fell behind Nato at the same moment, the #71 ROKiT Venturi lunging past at turn six.[12] Both would also move ahead of di Grassi as the #11 Audi rejoined, while at the back of the field de Vries and Alex Lynn came together hard enough that the #17 Mercedes had to pit for repairs.[12]

With that the top three began to ease clear of fourth placed Rast, with the #33 Audi now not only struggling due to a lack of having AM compared to those around him, but also because his earlier charge had left him with an energy deficit.[12] Indeed, Rast was left to unsuccessfully defend his position from Evans, the #20 Jaguar scything past at turn six, with an identical move behind seeing Dennis pass da Costa for sixth.[12] That became fifth on the following tour as he eased down the inside of the #33 Audi into turn one, while da Costa got some revenge as he sent the #13 DS Techeetah lunging past the energy hampered Rast into turn six.[12]

Back with the leaders and di Grassi had moved to striking position behind Nato, and rather than wait for a run into turn one, would instead sell the Frenchman a dummy into turn ten, darting from the outside to the inside of the #71 Venturi as they hit the brakes for the hairpin left hander.[12] Furthermore, that move came just as Mortara's AM boost ran out, and as he exited the final corner, the Brazilian ace found himself staring at the tail of the #48 Venturi as they started the following tour.[12] Mortara did his best to resist the #11 Audi's half looks throughout the lap, before ultimately succumbing to the inevitable as di Grassi eased past down the start/finish straight at the start of the following tour.[12]

From that moment on the race was effectively over, with di Grassi easing clear of Mortara while the Swiss racer did his best to go with the #11 Audi and hence inched clear of teammate Nato.[12] Nato himself, meanwhile, would enter the final phase of the race under assault from Evans, whose first attempt at claiming third was made with a lunge around the outside of the #71 Venturi at turn one that ended with the #20 Jaguar sliding wide on the marbles.[12] Evans would, however, regroup and pull an over-under on Nato through turn six and into turn seven, darting from the outside to the inside of the Frenchman to claim the final podium spot.[12]

Into the final moments of the race and the two Venturi racers seemed to rally, with Nato going on the offensive against Evans, while Mortara began to catch di Grassi, who entered the final lap with a small deficit in energy to the Swiss-Italian racer.[12] However, while Evans was forced to cover the inside lines for turns six and nine on the final tour, Mortara was simply too far back to seriously threaten di Grassi into turn one or into turn six.[12] Mortara would make a half attempt at a lunge for the lead into turn nine in the dying moments, in a bid to setup a lunge through turn ten, although the #11 Audi would get a better exit out of the final corner and onto the start/finish straight.[12]

With that the race was run, with di Grassi claiming victory by a tenth of a second from Mortara, who was otherwise satisfied despite the narrow defeat in the closing stages of the race.[12] Evans, meanwhile, resisted Nato's rally to secure third ahead of the Frenchman, while Dennis resisted a late charge from Vergne to retain fifth and just fell shy of robbing Nato of fourth.[12] da Costa was next up ahead of Günther, Rast would slip to ninth as he narrowly avoided running out of energy before the chequered flag, while Lotterer completed a late move on Buemi to claim the final point.[12]

Result

The final classification of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix I is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:

2021 Berlin E-Prix I Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 38 46:22.528 1:09.089 25
2nd 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 38 +0.141s 1:09.122 18
3rd 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 38 +5.499s 1:09.247 15
4th 71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 38 +5.589s 1:09.000 12
5th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 38 +5.830s 1:09.188 10
6th 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 38 +6.411s 1:09.259 12G
7th 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 38 +6.777s 1:09.363 6
8th 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 38 +7.562s 1:09.307 4
9th 33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 38 +7.798s 1:08.908 3
10th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 38 +14.124s 1:09.146 1
11th 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 38 +15.546s 1:09.958
12th 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 38 +16.214s 1:09.162
13th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 38 +16.814s 1:09.499
14th 37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 38 +16.917s 1:09.021
15th 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 38 +21.278s 1:09.372
16th 6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 38 +23.666s 1:09.435
17th 29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims FanBoost Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 38 +29.019s 1:09.276
18th 7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 38 +30.962s 1:09.717
19th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 38 +33.199s 1:09.367
20th 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn FanBoost Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 38 +33.438s 1:09.291
21st 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 38 +33.781s 1:09.718
22nd 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 37 +1 Lap 1:09.340
NC* 88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 32 +6 Laps 1:09.584
Ret 10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird FanBoost Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 8 Retired 1:09.987
Source:[10]
  • FanBoost Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.[14]
  • G Indicates a driver claimed a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
  • * Blomqvist was unable to be classified as he had failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[10]

Milestones

Standings

Nyck de Vries would head into the final race of the season still in the lead of the Championship, although his advantage had been reduced to just three points ahead of the finale. Edoardo Mortara was his closest challenge in second, while Jake Dennis, Mitch Evans, Robin Frijns, Lucas di Grassi and António Félix da Costa were all within ten points of the Dutchman. Furthermore, everyone in the top fourteen still had a mathematical chance of taking the title, Maximilian Günther trailing by 29 points with 30 available, with a myriad of different results potentially seeing any one of them claim the crown.

The Teams' Championship was equally open ahead of the finale, with no fewer than six of the twelve teams still able to claim the title, separated by just fourteen points. Jaguar Racing held what was technically the initiative ahead of the finale, five points ahead of DS Techeetah in second, while Envision Virgin were six behind in third. Three more points separated the Virgin squad from their suppliers Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, while Mercedes and BMW i Andretti Motorsport were thirteen and fourteen off respectively.

2020/21 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries 95 ◄0
2nd Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara 92 ▲7
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis 91 ▲1
4th Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans 90 ▲4
5th Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns 89 ▼3
6th Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi 87 ▲8
7th Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa 86 ▼2
8th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird 81 ▼5
9th Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne 80 ▲3
10th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn 78 ▼4
11th Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy 76 ▼3
12th Flag of Germany.png René Rast 75 ▼2
13th Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein 71 ▼2
14th Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther 66 ▲1
15th Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne 63 ▼2
16th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland 59 ◄0
17th Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer 46 ◄0
18th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims 44 ◄0
19th Flag of Switzerland.png Nico Müller 30 ◄0
20th Flag of France.png Norman Nato 29 ▲1
21st Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi 20 ▼1
22nd Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara 16 ◄0
23rd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey 13 ◄0
24th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist 5 ◄0
25th Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson 1 ◄0
2020/21 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 171 ▲2
2nd Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 166 ▲2
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 165 ▼2
4th Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 162 ▲2
5th Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 158 ▼3
6th Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 157 ▼1
7th Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 122 ◄0
8th Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 121 ▲1
9th Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 117 ▼1
10th Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 79 ◄0
11th Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 47 ◄0
12th Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 18 ◄0

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2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDragon/Penske AutosportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingJaguar RacingMahindra RacingMercedes-EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsROKiT Venturi RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraMercedes-BenzNIONissanPenskePorsche
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE07BMW iFE.21DS E-Tense FE20DS E-Tense FE 21Jaguar I-Type VMahindra M7ElectroMercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02NIO 333 FE 001Nissan IM02Nissan IM03Penske EV-4Penske EV-5Porsche 99X Electric
Drivers
4 Robin Frijns5 Stoffel Vandoorne6 Nico Müller/Joel Eriksson7 Sérgio Sette Câmara8 Oliver Turvey10 Sam Bird11 Lucas di Grassi13 António Félix da Costa17 Nyck de Vries20 Mitch Evans22 Oliver Rowland23 Sébastien Buemi25 Jean-Éric Vergne27 Jake Dennis28 Maximilian Günther29 Alexander Sims33 René Rast36 André Lotterer48 Edoardo Mortara71 Norman Nato88 Tom Blomqvist94 Alex Lynn99 Pascal Wehrlein
E-Prix
Diriyah IDiriyah IIRome IRome IIValencia IValencia IIMonacoPuebla IPuebla IINew York City INew York City IILondon ILondon IIBerlin IBerlin II
Cancelled E-Prix
Marrakesh E-PrixMexico City E-PrixParis E-PrixSantiago E-PrixSanya E-PrixSeoul E-Prix
Tests
Valencia
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