The Story of the Berlin ePrix

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2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Berlin ePrix, Berlin, Germany. Saturday 21 May 2016. Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams Z.E.15 celebrates on the podium Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E

We’re almost even stevens for the final two rounds of the season

Sebastien Buemi’s win at the Berlin ePrix brings him to within a point of Lucas Di Grassi in the Drivers’ Championship standings. The title will now be decided in one of the double-header events at the London ePrix in July.

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 Nelson Piquet Jr Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E

 Reigning Champ can’t wait to get the season over and done with…

Nelson Piquet Jr hasn’t had a great season. After sealing the title at last year’s event, the Brazilian driver is less than optimistic about NEXTEV’s chances in London and is already looking ahead to season three.

Jean Eric Vergne took pole, Championship leader qualified 10th

Penalties for the Mahindras, Sarrazin and D’Ambrosio eventually saw Di Grassi start further up the grid, but it was a tasty twist in the title fight as fellow contender Buemi was starting on the front row.

Team orders at ABT don’t quite go to plan…

… but not for the reason we expected. Daniel Abt was told to let Di Grassi through, however come the final lap was still ahead of Di Grassi and finished in second. Speculation grew that tension would be rife in the red and yellow camp, as Abt was assumed to have disobeyed the order.

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Daniel Abt and Lucas Di Grassi celebrate on the podium Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E

However it emerged in the press conference that Abt had tried to let Di Grassi through on the penultimate lap, slowing down and trying to wave him through. On the final lap he was too wary to do the same again, as Nico Prost in fourth had closed the gap to Di Grassi and Abt didn’t want to lose his hard-fought podium position.

Di Grassi added he doesn’t agree with team orders – unless it’s for the Championship – and that Abt deserved to finish in second.

De Silvestro aiming for strong finish in London

Simona de Silvestro is hoping to emulate her performances at the Long Beach and Berlin ePrix as she returns to the circuit where she made her debut.

De Silvestro out qualified her teammate and started in 10th in Berlin, but struggled with issues in the last stint and limped home to finish ninth. Robin Frijns finished in sixth.

Talk turns to season three

Both Renault e.Dams and ABT confirmed that their driver lineups will be unchanged for season three.

Debutant Rene Rast is now chasing a permanent seat in the series, as will be several stand-in drivers we have seen this year.

Nelson Piquet was confirmed at NEXTEV several weeks ago, marking the start of Formula E silly season.

Two new cockpits are up for grabs as Jaguar join the series as a constructor, and thoughts now turn to who could fill them – will someone from the established grid make a shock move?

Jerome D’Ambrosio stated he would look for continuity, whereas Bruno Senna appears to have been looking around at the options

The London ePrix take place on the 2nd and 3rd July at Battersea Park, broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV respectively. 

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