Berlin, once a tale of two cities, plays host to the next Formula E action this coming weekend. With two drivers having their home race this weekend there will be plenty of support about – but of course Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld being the likely favourites. With the challenging layout of the track an interesting, fast paced fight is on the cards.
The race will take place just a 20 minute drive from the famous Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin. The layout, as shown below, is a 17 turn, anti-clockwise 2.47km circuit. Built within the ‘Apron’ of the now defunct Tempelhof Airport which ceased operating in 2008. This track layout is quite different to others that have featured this season as it has a lot more corners than those that have been raced on previously.
After the dramatic first lap collision that took Bruno Senna and Jaime Alguersuari out of the race in Monaco, and with Daniel Abt, Loϊc Duval, Salvador Durán, Jean-Éric Vergne and Vitantonio Liuzzi also having to retire, many drivers are in need of bringing their championship back on track. The long start/finish straight will be a key overtaking place and will be one of the most likely places to see the FanBoost deployed. Furthermore, with there being so many corners after each it means overtaking will be difficult but also easier to mess up and make a small mistake which then the driver behind could capitalise upon.
Additionally Nick Heidfeld has said (relating to the nature of the track compared with others this season) after experiencing a lap of the track that: ‘Will also be interesting to see how the circuit is built up as normally on a street circuit there is no run-off so and no room for mistakes but in Berlin it could be more open allowing a little more margin for error.’ With more margin for error will we be seeing the issue of track limits that is becoming prevalent in Formula 1?
Date: Saturday, 23rd May
Race Start: 16:00 local/ 15:00 UK
Once again, no driver changes are expected to be made as teams are looking to find stability to progress forward for the future.
Air temperatures of around 20 degrees are expected for race day with a peak around mid-afternoon. This is great news for the teams as the high temperatures during the previous rounds caused battery problems for a number of drivers. The cooler temperatures should allow the drivers to push much harder throughout the race as battery temperature management should not be much of an issue.
The Championship Battle
Despite now having won two races Sébastien Buemi still sits in 3rd place in the table, however the gap to leader Lucas di Grassi is only 10 points with Buemi in fine form after his win in Monaco the Swiss driver is going to be hard to beat, but as we have previously seen fate can switch hands very quickly.
1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) 93
2. Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing) 89
3. Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) 83
4. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) 77
5. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) 64
6. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) 52
7. Antonio Felix da Costa (Amlin Aguri) 45
8. Jean Eric Vergne (Andretti) 32
9. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) 30
10. Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) 28
11. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT) 22
12. Scott Speed (Andretti) 18
13. Franck Montagny (Andretti) 18
14. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing) 18
15. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing) 16
16. Charles Pic (China Racing) 16
17. Jarno Trulli (Trulli) 12
18. Stéphane Sarrazin (Venturi) 10
19. Loic Duval (Dragon Racing) 8
20. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) 6
21. Takuma Sato (Amlin Aguri) 2
22. Salvador Duran (Amlin Aguri) 1
23. Ho-Pin Tung (China Racing) 0
24. Antonio Garcia (China Racing) 0
25. Michela Cerruti (Trulli) 0
26. Marco Andretti (Andretti) 0
27. Matthew Brabham (Andretti) 0
28. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Trulli) 0
29. Katherine Legge (Amlin Aguri) 0
Be sure to join us for the Berlin ePrix this Saturday over on our twitter page @FormulaEDiary
#BerlinEPrix #FormulaE #DriveTheFuture
Written by: Chloe Hewitt