Buemi wins Berlin – ABT team orders ignored
The Berlin round of the Formula E series saw an interesting turn of events towards the end. Sebastien Buemi drove to victory after starting from behind Jean-Eric Vergne, whose race chances were ruined when his front wing was broken in an aggressive turn on the track. Buemi’s victory places him only one point down from Di Grassi who is leading the championship.
As for Di Grassi, he had to fight from the back to the podium after a penalty. His team-mate in the team, Daniel Abt, was driving second and was given team orders to let Di Grassi past but simply ignored them. As a result, the Abt-Schaeffler cars finished with Abt in front of Di Grassi as 2nd and 3rd. It’s unclear how this will affect Abt’s position in the team. Abt was 10th in points before the race.
A bit of the race was also driven behind the safety car when Dragon Racing’s Loïc Duval hit the wall and was forced to leave his car in the turn.
Despite another promising starting position, reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr. dropped all the way to the back due to having to pit early with damaged tyre-guards. Conversely, Nick Heidfeld who started all the way from the back, rose to 7th by the finish, bringing Mahindra some valuable points. Simona De Silvestro finished 9th and on points for the second time this season, despite being overtaken by Stephane Sarazzin with fan boost. Sarazzin ran wide the tight corner which destroyed Vergne’s wing and had to give the position back.
Vergne’s team-mate Sam Bird, who remains 3rd in the Championship standings, finished outside of points today making this an extremely disappointing day for DS Virgin racing.
Championship Top-3 (after 8 of 10 races)
- Lucas Di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler), 141 points
- Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.Dams), 140 points
- Sam Bird (DS Virgin), 82 points