Berlin 2 – Antonio Félix da Costa wins a rather wild race

Antonio Félix da Costa (Porsche) won the second round of the Berlin E-Prix, also marked, like the day before, by numerous contacts in the peloton.

Published on 12/05/2024 à 16:08

Michael Duforest

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Berlin 2 – Antonio Félix da Costa wins a rather wild race

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Starting tenth on the starting grid, the Portuguese driver took the lead shortly before halfway. And if this Saturday's event saw the peloton stay together throughout, the resident of the stable Porsche tried to accelerate the pace as soon as he took control, by stretching the peloton. A strategy which could have been canceled by an exit from the safety car, following the collision between Sacha Fenestraz (Nissan) and Norman Nato (Andretti).

The two Frenchmen collided on the 25th of the 38 planned laps, the Nissan ending up in the wall. This neutralization, as well as another on the 11th lap for an exit by Maximilian Günther, extended the race by three laps. However, nothing to bother Da Costa, who was overtaken by the Jaguar of Mitch Evans on the restart, before regaining the lead of the race.

The Portuguese once again adopted an attacking technique, and he won with a seven-tenths lead over the championship leader, Nick Cassidy (Jaguar). The New Zealander was more discreet than yesterday, but he managed to move up the rankings in the final laps, coming back with long strides on the victorious Porsche.

The podium is completed by Oliver Rowland who is definitely in very good shape this season with his Nissan! Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) and Jake Dennis (Andretti) finished in the top 5, despite a very messy race on their part. In fact, the two men collided numerous times, but they finally managed to reach the finish line without too much damage to their cars.

Disappointment at DS Penske

The rookie from McLaren Taylor Barnard once again had an impressive race, ultimately placing eighth. Sam Bird's replacement was aggressive, but while remaining one of the drivers who suffered the least contact during the event. As for DS Penske, we will have to settle for a single point for Jean-Éric Vergne, tenth. Stoffel Vandoorne finished at the back of the pack after contact damaged the front of his car.

In the championship, Nick Cassidy increases his lead, he now has a 16-point lead over Pascal Wehrlein and 22 over Oliver Rowland. Next meeting for the 100% electric championship in China, with the two rounds of the Shanghai E-Prix on May 25 and 26.

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