Rast “deserves a whole year” in FE based on Berlin performances

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Rene Rast “deserves a whole year” in Formula E based on his performances in the six-race Berlin 2019-20 season finale, according to Audi team-mate Lucas di Grassi.

replaced sacked driver Daniel Abt for the Tempelhof Airport rounds earlier this month, achieving a third and fourth-place in the final double-header.” data-reactid=”33″Double DTM champion Rast replaced sacked driver Daniel Abt for the Tempelhof Airport rounds earlier this month, achieving a third and fourth-place in the final double-header.

Audi’s impending exit from the DTM could leave Rast without a flagship drive next year, although he is widely expected to retain the FE seat next season.” data-reactid=”34″Audi’s impending exit from the DTM could leave Rast without a flagship drive next year, although he is widely expected to retain the FE seat next season.

Audi FE ever-present Di Grassi reckons Rast would be “a great addition to the team” based on the two

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Reviewing Formula E’s Berlin season finale

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Stoffel Vandoorne led Mercedes to its maiden Formula E victory in the final round of the season as Nyck de Vries earned the team a 1-2 finish in Berlin.

With Oliver Rowland also scoring his first series win in the preceding day’s race on the extended Tempelhof Airport circuit, it showed that Nissan e.dams had finally recovered the ground lost when its twin-motor powertrain configuration was outlawed.

Although the four active series champions were forced into a recovery mission after a qualifying farce, the Vandoorne and Rowland triumphs suggest there could be two new teams in a position to challenge successive teams’ title winner DS Techeetah next season.

However, their form proved too little too late as Antonio Felix da Costa wrapped up the 2019-20 crown in domineering fashion after only four of the six races in the German capital.

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Jaguar’s Calado set to miss final two Berlin FE races, Blomqvist likely to fill in – Formula E

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Jaguar Formula E driver James Calado is set to miss the final two Berlin races in August and will likely be replaced by new reserve Tom Blomqvist, Autosport understands.

Calado was signed by Jaguar for the current 2019-20 campaign but will lose his seat to Envision Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird next season – with reigning Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy taking Bird’s place.

Autosport understands that Calado will not be able to complete the six August races at the Tempelhof Airport due to his World Endurance Championship commitments in the GTE class for Ferrari.

The WEC season will resume at Spa, with the race held on 15 August, but Ferrari has confirmed to Autosport that Calado will be required in the AF Corse 488 GTE Evo for first practice on 13 August.

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Due to the three

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Evans wins final Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy title in Berlin as series canned – Formula E

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New Zealander Simon Evans won the second Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy championship over Brazilian Stock Car driver Sergio Jimenez ahead of the series’ imminent demise.

The production-based Formula E support category has been axed after just two seasons of its original three-year deal to trail certain FE events as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

The championship concluded with a seven-race schedule at the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, with Evans – brother of Jaguar FE driver Mitch – sealing the title over inaugural champion Jimenez.

Caca Bueno qualified on pole for the finale ahead of Evans and his Team Brazil team-mate Jimenez and from there led throughout a processional event.

Evans ran close, missing out by 0.4s at the line, whereas Jimenez – an A1GP podium finisher in Malaysia in 2007 – was a distant third and failed to defend his crown.

Evans reckoned Bueno had deliberately slowed

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Lotterer criticises Rast’s “touring car” move for Berlin FE podium – Formula E

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Andre Lotterer has criticised double DTM champion Rene Rast for a “touring car” move on the final lap of the fifth Berlin Formula E race that cost him a podium.

Porsche driver Lotterer was third in the dying stages of the race won by Oliver Rowland for Nissan e.dams, but was in danger of running out of energy.

He staved off the advances of Rast while the Audi driver was running in the higher power attack mode, but then Rast muscled his way through in the second sector on the last tour.

The two made repeated contact before Rast closed Lotterer out on the exit of Turn 15 to score his maiden FE podium, having returned to FE for Berlin for the first time since a one-off with Aguri in 2016 – also in Berlin – to replace the sacked Daniel Abt.

Lotterer, who finished fourth by 0.3 seconds, said:

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Da Costa explains late Berlin FE DNF that almost caused Buemi crash – Formula E

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Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the cause of his penultimate-lap retirement from the fifth Berlin race, which meant he nearly crashed into Sebastien Buemi.

The duo were making progress after a qualifying session in which both drivers failed to set a time after tripping over one another on track and failing to cross the line in time.

They had risen up to the tail end of the top 10 by lap 35 of 36, with Nisan e.dams racer Buemi getting ahead through taking his second 35kW attack mode boost later and passing the DS Techeetah driver into Turn 1.

But da Costa then retired from the race in an incident missed by the TV feed, which he explained as a “full system shutdown”.

He said: “It was a really fun race, to be honest.

“Everyone’s got the hang of the place now so the pace is

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Di Grassi rejects blame for Berlin FE clash with champion da Costa – Formula E

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Audi driver Lucas di Grassi reckons his race-five Berlin Formula E crash with Antonio Felix da Costa was “clearly da Costa’s fault”, despite receiving a five-second time penalty.

He and newly crowned champion da Costa were recovering from a group-one qualifying blunder that put them at the back of the grid with Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi.

The pair were battling over 15th place on lap 12 when di Grassi, running with the 35kW attack mode boost, appeared to pinch da Costa against the wall as he tried to pass into Turn 1.

He caught the front of da Costa’s DS Techeetah car and span down to 23rd before clocking a five-second time penalty.

But di Grassi hit back at the decision, saying: “It was clearly da Costa’s fault. To be honest, I don’t understand.

“But anyway, [not getting the penalty] would have not changed in many ways my race,

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Berlin E-Prix V: Rowland dominates from pole for first FE win – F1

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Oliver Rowland expertly controlled the fifth Berlin race to score his maiden Formula E victory over Robin Frijns, as Rene Rast just crept onto the podium with a last-lap overtake.

Rowland built a 1% useable energy advantage on the extended Tempelhof Airport circuit to control proceedings over Envision Virgin Racing driver Frijns.

He led from lights to flag to seal a 1.9s win in a 36-lap race, even though the timing screens had to reset after scoring the classification one tour prematurely.

Frijns drew his car’s nose alongside into Turn 1 at the start, but Rowland had the inside line to lead by 0.4s at the end of the opening lap as newly-crowned champion Antonio Felix da Costa jumped from 21st – having failed to set a lap in qualifying – to 16th.

With Frijns activating both of his 35kW attack mode boosts before Rowland, the Briton never dropped from

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Da Costa explains Berlin E-Prix FE qualifying drama – Formula E

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Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the out-lap gaffe that meant he and three other Formula E champions did not set a qualifying time for the fifth Berlin race.

The latest FE title winner was late to leave the garage for the group one shootout between the top six drivers in points, along with DS Techeetah team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi and Audi’s Lucas di Grassi.

Held up initially by Maximilian Guenther as the BMW Andretti pilot tried to find tack space behind Jaguar’s Mitch Evans, the four champions all failed to post a time when they crossed the line after the session had ended.

After being permitted to enter the race by the stewards, da Costa will start 21st ahead of Buemi, with di Grassi and Vergne on the final row of the grid.

Da Costa said: “No one wants to be first [on track] in

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Susie Wolff: Venturi’s FE form in Berlin has been “alarming” – Formula E

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Venturi Racing team principal Susie Wolff says the squad’s performance in the four Berlin Formula E races after the coronavirus break has been “hugely disappointing” and “alarming”.

Prior to the five-month, 158-day mid-season hiatus, drivers Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara had combined to score a points finish for the team in each of the five races.

But at the Tempelhof Airport circuits, the duo has accrued only five points in total to fall behind series debutant Porsche in the teams’ standings down to ninth.

Meanwhile, Mercedes – of which Venturi is a powertrain customer – has shown a marked performance gain to climb from fifth to fourth, despite a technical failure for Nyck de Vries and a puncture that preceded retirement for Stoffel Vandoorne.

Speaking in a select media press conference, Wolff said: “First of all, to make it clear, I’m hugely disappointed by our performances in Berlin.

“We are

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