Double points finish for DS Virgin Racing in Berlin
DOUBLE POINTS FINISH FOR DS VIRGIN RACING IN BERLIN
â€¢ Fourth & seventh for DS Virgin Racing drivers Jose Maria Lopez & Sam Bird in round 7
â€¢ Lopez misses out on pole by 0.001s in seriesâ€™ closet ever qualifying session
â€¢ DS Virgin Racing fourth in team standings after first of two races at Tempelhof Airport
DS Virgin Racing drivers Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird secured a double-points finish during todayâ€™s FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix to strengthen its fourth position in the team standings.
In the first of two races held at Berlinâ€™s Tempelhof Airport, Lopez narrowly missed out on a podium finish with fourth place, with team-mate Bird battling to P7.
The day began strongly for the team showing good pace in both of the morningâ€™s free practice sessions, which continued through to qualifying. Indeed, both drivers made it through to the Super Pole shootout â€“ the second time this season â€“ with Lopez unbelievably missing out on the top spot by a mere thousandth of a second (the equivalent distance of 3cm) in Formula Eâ€™s closest ever qualifying session.
As the race got underway, Lopez unfortunately got a poor getaway allowing Bird â€“ starting P5 â€“ to go side-by-side into the first corner with the two emerging fourth and fifth respectively. The two DSV-02 cars ran nose-to-tail for the entire first half, pitting on lap 22, but whereas Lopez retained his P4 slot, Bird had to wait to avoid an unsafe release dropping him down the order.
Undeterred, Bird immediately gained a place back passing Abt driver Daniel Abt but the Briton struggled towards the end, holding on to cross the line P8. However, two post-race penalties for Techeetahâ€™s Jean-Eric Vergne and Renault e.damâ€™s Sebastien Buemi saw the Briton promoted to P7.
Lopez said: â€œI was very slow pulling away which cost me and then the Mahindra drivers were able to pull away so it was a good result considering. Weâ€™ve managed to be consistent in the last few races so the pace is there, we just need that extra step but if we keep going in this direction weâ€™re going to have the victory we deserve. The team have done a great job and we have a â€˜rematchâ€™ tomorrow so we will work tonight to see where we can make improvements.â€???
Bird said: â€œItâ€™s not been an ideal afternoon and we lost positions in the pit stop. We worked hard to gain the ground back up but we couldnâ€™t make up any more places before the end. Tomorrow we need to work on qualifying at the front and to dictate the race from there so weâ€™ll see what we can do.â€???
DS Virgin Team Principal Alex Tai said: â€œFollowing our podium in Paris last time out, the team have worked really hard to carry that momentum through to Berlin, which certainly showed in our pace, especially in qualifying! We know we have a quick car and will certainly be battling amongst the top three again tomorrow.â€???
Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director, added: â€œIt was great to have both cars in the Super Pole so weâ€™ll look to come out fighting tomorrow and aim to climb onto the podium. We will now focus on analysing the data from today to see where we can make improvements for tomorrowâ€™s race, in particular around Lopezâ€™s start and the race pace.â€???
Round eight of the Formula E series takes place tomorrow (June 11) at Berlinâ€™s Tempelhof Airport.
2017 FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix (Rd 7) - Race Results
1. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, 44 laps
2. Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, +2.232s
3. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, +4.058s
4. Jose Maria Lopez, DS Virgin Racing, +13.638s
5. Nico Prost, Renault e.dams, +19,068s
6. Daniel Abt, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, +19.799s
7. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, +20.065s
8. Jean-Eric Vergne, TECHEETAH, +20.689s
9. Maro Engel, Venturi Formula E, +39.030s
10. Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV NIO, +40.985s
Driver standings (after Rd 7)
1. Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams â€“ 132pts
2. Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport â€“ 110pts
3. Nico Prost, Renault e.dams â€“ 68pts
4. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing â€“ 65pts
5. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing â€“ 62pts
6. Jean-Eric Vergne, TECHEETAH â€“ 44pts
7. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing â€“ 41pts
8. Jose Maria Lopez, DS Virgin Racing â€“ 40pts
9. Daniel Abt, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport â€“ 34pts
10. Nelson Piquet Jr, NEXTEV NIO â€“ 33pts
Team standings (after Rd 7)
1. Renault e.dams â€“ 200
2. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport â€“ 144
3. Mahindra Racing â€“ 127
4. DS Virgin Racing â€“ 81
5. TECHEETAH â€“ 49
6. NETEV NIO â€“ 49
7. Andretti Formula E â€“ 26
8. Panasonic Jaguar Racing â€“ 20
9. Venturi Formula E â€“ 19
10. Faraday Future Dragon Racing â€“ 19
2017 Formula E Berlin ePrix - Rd 8 - Schedule
Sunday June 11
08:00 â€“ 08:45 Free Practice 1
10:30 â€“ 11:00 Free Practice 2
12:00 â€“ 13:00 Qualifying
16:00 Race (46 laps)
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