Felix Rosenqvist has won the first race of Formula E's Berlin double-header, landing Mahindra Racing's first victory in the process. The Swedish driver used his extra energy he had saved to pass the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver before pit stops and gained the much sought after lead in the race. The Swiss driver's points advantage has been reduced to 40 points following di Grassi's bonus score for pole.
Heidfeld, wearing a special Berlin ePrix Sparco race suit created by #DrivenByDesign competition victor Tejas Manek, was able to put pressure on di Grassi in the later stages of the race. Once again, he made a great start to move up the order, but in his first vehicle he was struggling for pace, and rather than challenge the cars ahead he was fighting to keep away from the pack behind. I made a small error in Super Pole qualifying, otherwise we could have been on pole.
Ecstatic Rosenqvist said, "It feels incredible. We have some fantastic people - I was waiting for this and finally it came".
"It was a good day - pole and second place", di Grassi said.
For his home ePrix, Nick Heidfeld will be sporting the winning entry from the second of Mahindra Racing's #DrivenbyDesign competition, which saw fans from 19 countries submit 480 racesuit concepts. We need to keep calm and keep working hard, and hopefully get more of these results.
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi, the pole sitter, struggled to maintain the temperature of the battery in his vehicle and eventually Rosenqvist was close enough to pull off a move, driving around the Brazilian through the long Turn 1. He made a good start but his first auto was not up to the pace. However, this weekend result will have brought di Grassi close to Buemi reducing the gap between the two to 22 points.
Minimum tyre pressure was set at 1.60 bar - the tyres on Buemi's first auto came in at 1.46, 1.57, 1.54 and 1.52 bar respectively, while on the second vehicle the pressures were 1.54, 1.54, 1.59 and 1.53 bar.