Berlin ePrix Preview

Formula E returns to the German capital for the penultimate round of the second series

The Berlin round of the championship gets a whole new location for its second Formula E event, moving from Tempelhof airport to the centre of Berlin.

The track – now the shortest on the calendar at just over two kilometres- boasts attractions such as Alexanderplatz and the Fernsehtürm in the distance as it winds itself round Strausbergerplatz.

Berlin ePrix Formula E
The new Berlin ePrix circuit Credit: FIA Formula E

Title fight set to go down to the wire …

… as long as there are no repeats of last year’s Berlin ePrix.

Lucas di Grassi won the race, only to be disqualified for a technical infringement (much like this year’s Mexico ePrix). This effectively took him out of contention for the Drivers’ Championship – a repeat this season could prove just as costly.

Technically, there are seven drivers still in contention for the title, with 90 points still left on the board. However Di Grassi and Buemi would have to have disastrous races for Bird, D’Ambrosio, Sarrazin, Prost, or Duval to take the title.

Rene Rast replaces Da Costa

Two drivers came very close to making their Formula E debuts before plans fell through.

The first was Ben Hanley, who was in line to replace Oliver Turvey at NEXTEV. Turvey was due to race in the Super GT Championship this weekend before the Kyushu round was postponed after recent earthquakes.

Adam Carroll has come close many times to racing in the series, but once again a deal has fallen through.

Carroll was on standby to replace Heidfeld and Vergne in Buenos Aires before both were declared fit to race. He was announced as the preferred candidate to replace Antonio Felix da Costa by Team Aguri, only for the deal to fall through and local hero Rene Rast making his Formula E debut.

Rast is hoping to impress and land a permanent drive for season three.

Da Costa is expected to return in Battersea Park, despite this contravening a new rule that teams must keep the same lineup for the final three races of the season.

Abt and Renault e.Dams announce season three drivers

Both Abt and Renault e.Dams will retain the services of their current drivers.

Di Grassi and Buemi have been in the title fight for both seasons

Berlin ePrix Session times

7:15 BST / 8:15 CEST FP1
9:30 BST/ 10:30 CEST FP2
11:00 BST/12:00 CEST Qualifying
15:00 BST/14:00 CEST Race

 

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