Formula E Berlin E-Prix: De Vries Denies Mortara of Clean Sweep

(Photo by Andreas Gora/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Reigning Champion Nyck de Vries denied ROKiT Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara of a clean sweep round the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit as the Mercedes EQ driver eased to his second victory of the season.

De Vries, who finished Saturday’s race in 10th, performed better through the qualifying and duel stages to line-up in third. This gave him the best platform to launch his attack, and he did it right away when the lights went out.

The young Dutchman dived down the inside of Turn 1, making it three-abreast heading into the corner as Mortara, who had claimed a second successive Pole Position, was more concentrated on fending-off Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns.

From then onwards, de Vries looked imperious in the lead of the race, even when he activated his “Attack Mode” before the drivers behind. Mortara briefly re-held the lead of the race but his “Attack Mode” strategy left him out of sync with the Mercedes driver.

De Vries then cruised home for a fourth career victory – his first since the opening race of the season in Diriyah.

The result moves the Reigning Champion from eighth to sixth in the standings and leaves him 46 points behind Championship Leader and Mercedes team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne with half of the season remaining.

Vandoorne, who started the race in seventh, cleverly fought his way up the field and made a late move stick on the second Venturi of Lucas di Grassi to grab a second successive podium.

With di Grassi having to settle for fourth, having started in sixth, it meant that both of the Mercedes powered teams occupied the top four positions.

Frijns, who now finds himself fifth in the championship, was the best driver without Mercedes power in fifth just ahead of Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa. Both drivers benefitted from a late drop for Mahindra’s Oliver Rowland as the Brit was overtaken in close succession.

Frijns was running behind da Costa until a last-lap overtake on the Portuguese driver but this wasn’t without contact. Frijns nudged the rear of the Techeetah attempting the overtake and if it wasn’t for da Costa’s excellent save, he would have ended his race in the wall.

Porsche’s Andre Lotterer was a close eighth at the line while Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans round out the top ten.

On 111 points, Vandoorne holds a 12 point lead over Mortara with Vergne nipping at the Swiss driver’s heels. Evans and Frijns cling onto the lead battle in fourth and fifth but trail the Mercedes driver by 28 and 30 points.

Three podiums out of four, two for Vandoorne and one for de Vries, mean that Mercedes EQ leads the Team’s Standings on 173 points. ROKiT Venturi now occupy second on 148 with Techeetah a further ten points behind in third.

Fans of the championship now have to wait until the 4th of June for the Jakarta ePrix in Indonesia for the next round of racing.

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