|2022 Berlin E-Prix I|
The Tempelhofring returned for the 2022 season.
|Date||14 May 2022|
|E-Prix No.||91 (7 of 2021/22)|
|Official Name||2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix I|
Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany
|Format||45 min + 1 Lap|
|Lap length||2.355 km (1.476 mi)|
|Distance||40 laps / 94.200 km (58.533 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Edoardo Mortara|
|Team||ROKiT Venturi Racing|
|Team||TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team|
|Fastest Lap||1:07.968 on lap 12|
|Edoardo Mortara||Jean-Éric Vergne||Stoffel Vandoorne|
|Winner Team||ROKiT Venturi Racing|
|2022 Monaco E-Prix||2022 Berlin E-Prix II|
The 2022 Berlin E-Prix I, formally known as the 2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix I, was the seventh race of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged at the Tempelhofring at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany, on 14 May 2022. The race was to be the first of two at the Berlin circuit, after the late withdrawal of the Cape Town E-Prix saw a second race at the Tempelhofring added in its place.
Qualifying would see Edoardo Mortara sweep to his maiden pole position, defeating Alexander Sims with a stunning final sector seeing the Swiss ace gain three tenths to swing the Final in his favour. To get to the final Mortara had beaten André Lotterer and António Félix da Costa, while Sims had defeated Group leader Pascal Wehrlein, before a dead heat in the Semi-Final with Jean-Éric Vergne went in his favour, the Brit having set his time first.
The start of the race saw Mortara convert pole into an early lead, as Sims was busy fending off the attentions of da Costa as the Portuguese racer tried to fire the #13 DS Techeetah past the #29 Mahindra. Behind Lotterer would sweep past Vergne before almost passing da Costa on the exit of turn three, while Stoffel Vandoorne tumbled back from ninth to twelfth as the main loser in the field.
Sims briefly entertained hopes of challenging Mortara, although the Brit was soon shuffled back by da Costa, Lotterer and Vergne in short order. He would eventually settle into fifth ahead of Wehrlein, who was unable to pass the Mahindra, while Mitch Evans stalked the lead group before beginning to slip away as the race passed the ten minute mark.
Wehrlein and Sims subsequently became the first drivers in the lead sextet to arm Attack Mode, Wehrlein first and just managing to stay ahead of Evans, before darting past Sims. Wehrlein then caught and passed teammate Lotterer, who moved out of the way en-route to arming AM for himself, before elbowing his way past both of the Techeetahs to claim second.
More shuffles followed as da Costa and Vergne joined the AM party, while Mortara curiously remained away from the boost, basically waiting until Lotterer and Wehrlein ran out of AM to do so. Lotterer would pass the Swiss racer as the #48 ROKiT Venturi armed AM with 20 minutes to go, with Mortara instantly getting back on terms and reclaiming the lead, while behind Vandoorne continued his recovery drive with a move on Wehrlein to claim sixth.
The second round of AM saw more shuffling, with Vandoorne able to move up past Lotterer and da Costa in the exchanges, before being re-passed by the #36 Porsche. Mortara, meanwhile, would again wait until his challengers had used the most of their boosts before arming it himself, falling to third before passing both Lotterer and Vandoorne.
Into the closing stages and Vergne had joined the fight for the lead, with Mortara keeping the lead just out of reach of Vandoorne, before the #25 Techeetah used FanBoost to pass the #5 Mercedes. Then, with three minutes to go, Vergne lunged for the lead, ran wide, and found himself fighting to hold second against Vandoorne, with Mortara using that exchange to escape with a near two second lead.
Indeed, Vergne's lunge would ultimately settle the race, with Mortara able to cruise through the closing minutes to claim his second win of the campaign. Vandoorne would try various manoeuvres to pass Vergne but all ended in vain, leaving him in third, while Lotterer was unable to take advantage in fourth. Evans enjoyed a late rally to claim fifth ahead of Wehrlein and Sam Bird, da Costa fell to eighth with a late energy worry, while Sims kept Nyck de Vries at bay to claim ninth.
Two weeks after the chequered flag fell at the 2022 Monaco E-Prix the ABB Formula E World Championship would find itself at the familiar sights and sounds of the apron at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany. The field would use the version of the circuit first unveiled in 2019, which had been used to host at least one race in every campaign since 2018/19. Furthermore, there was to be a second race in Berlin staged on 15 May 2022, after the cancellation of the Cape Town E-Prix prompted the FIA and FE to make the round a double-header, while oil giant Shell announced they would sponsor the round with their "Recharge" branding, an initiative focused on electric car charging.
Ahead of the Berlin E-Prix ABT Sportsline announced that they would return to FE for the 2022/23 season, having previously left the Series ahead of 2021/22. The 2017/18 Champions, the German squad had been the factory Audi team through to the end of 2020/21, before being forced to leave the Championship when Audi pulled out and failing to secure a deal to re-secure the entry. That decision also meant that ABT returned to the series without factory backing, although the German squad did not reveal who they intended to get powertrains from for the 2022/23 season.
There would also be news of another new entry to FE for the 2022/23 season, albeit one which would be taking over an existing team. Indeed, McLaren Racing finally announced that they would be joining the FE field for the Generation 3 era, with the British marque in the final stages of securing a deal to purchase the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team at the end of Season Eight. McLaren would not, however, be joining as a manufacturer for their first FE campaign, with the squad instead heavily rumoured to be signing as a customer of Nissan.
Over at Avalanche Andretti, meanwhile, the American squad announced that they would be using Porsche powertrains for the 2022/23 season, reuniting with the German marque for the first time since their days in the American Le Mans Series in 2008.
Elsewhere, the replacement round for the Vancouver E-Prix was announced in the build-up to the Berlin round, with the Marrakesh E-Prix returning to the calendar for the first time since the 2019/20. It was the second time in three seasons that FE would use the Circuit Moulay El Hassan to replace another round, with the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix having been staged instead of the Hong Kong E-Prix that year due to the political revolt in the Special Administrative Region. The trip to Marrakesh would be staged on 2 July 2022, the same date that the Vancouver round had been planned, with rumours that FE would make the race a double header if other calendar issues arose.
Arriving in Berlin, Stoffel Vandoorne had moved to the top of the table in Monaco after his first win of the campaign, the Belgian ace having increased his tally to 81 points. Jean-Éric Vergne had made way for Vandoorne, and fallen six behind, while Mitch Evans was up to third on 72 points. Robin Frijns was a further point behind in fourth ahead of Edoardo Mortara, while António Félix da Costa was the only other mover as he climbed into the top ten.
In the Teams' Championship Mercedes had retained the lead in title hunt, the German squad having moved onto 120 points for the campaign. DS Techeetah, meanwhile, had climbed to second, having also moved past the 100 point barrier, while Jaguar Racing were up to third courtesy of Evans' efforts. Envision Racing and ROKiT Venturi Racing completed the top five, Porsche had fallen from second to sixth, while Dragon/Penske remained the sole pointless team in the field.
The full entry list for the 2022 Berlin E-Prix I is displayed below:
Qualifying for the 2022 Berlin E-Prix I would be conducted according to the knockout format, introduced ahead of season eight. The field would be split into two groups of eleven drivers, based on Championship position, with each group then getting ten minutes on track to complete as many laps as they wished at 220 kW. The fastest eight overall would then proceed to the knockout phase, now running at the maximum 250 kW qualifying mode, with the fastest from group A against the fourth fastest from group B and so on, until four drivers were left.
Those four would move on to the Semi-Final, with the winner of A1/B4 taking on the victor of A2/B3, while the triumphant driver of A3/B2 would take on A4/B1's winner. The winners from those duels would then go into the final, with the winner of that duel taking pole, while the runner-up would start from second, before any grid penalties were applied.
The final qualifying result for the 2022 Berlin E-Prix I are outlined below:
|2022 Berlin E-Prix I Qualifying Results|
|I||Win||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:06.093||—||1|
|Lose||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:06.230||+0.137s||2|
|I||Win||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:06.050||—||F|
|Lose||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:06.050||+0.000s||4|
|II||Win||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:05.914||—||F|
|Lose||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:05.999||+0.085s||3|
|QF 1||Win||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:05.939||—||SF|
|Lose||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:06.157||+0.218s||6|
|QF 2||Win||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:05.893||—||SF|
|QF 3||Win||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:05.954||—||SF|
|Lose||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:05.962||+0.008s||5|
|QF 4||Win||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:06.064||—||SF|
|Lose||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:06.299||+0.235s||7|
|1st||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:06.532||—||QF 1||GA|
|2nd||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:06.739||+0.207s||QF 4||GB|
|3rd||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:06.767||+0.235s||QF 3||GB|
|4th||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mercedes||1:06.803||+0.271s||QF 2||GA|
|5th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:06.900||+0.368s||QF 3||GA|
|6th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:06.908||+0.376s||QF 2||GB|
|7th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:06.913||+0.381s||QF 4||GA|
|8th||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:07.027||+0.495s||9||GA|
|9th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||1:07.034||+0.502s||11||GA|
|10th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.132||+0.600s||13||GA|
|11th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||1:07.229||+0.697s||14||GA|
|12th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:07.243||+0.711s||QF 1||GB|
|13th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||1:07.268||+0.736s||16||GA|
|14th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||1:07.305||+0.773s||19||GA|
|15th*||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:07.320*||+0.788s||10||GB|
|16th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:07.333||+0.801s||12||GB|
|17th†||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||1:07.358||+0.826s||17†||GB|
|18th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||1:07.415||+0.883s||15||GB|
|19th||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:07.477||+0.945s||18||GB|
|20th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:07.650||+1.118s||20||GB|
|21st||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||1:07.672||+1.140s||21||GA|
|22nd||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||1:07.714||+1.182s||22||GB|
|Group A 110% Time: 1:13.185|
|Group B 110% Time: 1:13.412|
- * Buemi had his fastest time deleted for impeding Frijns during Group B.
- † Rowland served a three place grid penalty for causing a collision with Lotterer at the 2022 Monaco E-Prix.
The final classification of the 2022 Berlin E-Prix I is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:
|2022 Berlin E-Prix I Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||40||46:16.175||1:08.648||28|
|2nd||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||40||+1.782s||1:08.394||18|
|4th||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||40||+2.579s||1:08.468||12|
|5th||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||40||+3.189s||1:08.150||10|
|6th||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||40||+5.405s||1:07.968||9|
|7th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||40||+5.683s||1:08.049||6|
|8th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||40||+6.400s||1:08.244||4|
|9th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||40||+6.569s||1:08.256||2|
|10th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||40||+6.602s||1:08.414||1|
|11th||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||40||+8.141s||1:08.361|
|12th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||40||+9.879s||1:07.927|
|13th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||40||+13.314s||1:08.349|
|14th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||40||+15.275s||1:08.385|
|15th||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||40||+22.071s||1:08.184|
|16th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||40||+22.662s||1:08.420|
|17th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||40||+24.120s||1:08.343|
|18th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||40||+28.716s||1:08.042|
|19th||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||40||+30.393s||1:08.283|
|20th||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||40||+52.025s||1:08.488|
|Ret*||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||38||Retired||1:07.880*|
|Ret||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||31||Retired||1:08.426|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- * di Grassi set the fastest lap of the race (1:07.880) but was ineligible to claim the bonus point as he failed to finish in the top ten.
- Fifteenth Berlin E-Prix to be staged.
- Maiden pole position for Edoardo Mortara.
- Mortara set a new record for most races before claiming a first pole position - 54.
- Mortara claimed his fourth career victory.
- Fourth win for the Venturi Formula E Team as an entrant.
- Mercedes claimed their tenth win as a powertrain supplier.
- Nyck de Vries secured his 25th FanBoost victory.
Stoffel Vandoorne had retained the lead in the Championship after the first bout in Berlin, the Belgian pilot having moved onto 96 points for the campaign. Jean-Éric Vergne had likewise held second, and closed to within three of the lead, while Mitch Evans had lost ground in third, fourteen behind. Edoardo Mortara, meanwhile, was up to fourth after his second win of the campaign, with Robin Frijns completing the top five.
In the Teams' Championship Mercedes had maintained their advantage at the head of the field, holding 136 points midway through their home round. DS Techeetah had cut the gap however, closing to within nine of the defending Champions, while ROKiT Venturi had also made ground in third. Jaguar Racing were next up ahead of the Porsche Formula E Team, Envision Racing were down to sixth, while Dragon/Penske were still pointless after Sérgio Sette Câmara had tumbled down the field during the race.
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