Lucas di Grassi dominated in Berlin to win his second ePrix of the season, extending his lead at the top of the championship to 17 points. He was joined on the podium by Jerome D’Ambrosio and Sébastian Buemi, with championship contender Nelson Piquet Jr producing a fantastic recovery drive to finish 5th.
Di Grassi took the lead on the opening lap from Jarno Trulli, who ran wide on lap 2 and never looked back, opening up a 10s lead in as many laps. The race behind him however proved fascinating, with Nelson Piquet running a different strategy to those around him to take a stunning 5th position after starting 13th. He also took home the fastest lap of the race.
Di Grassi, whose car failed just two corners after the finish line, was clearly ecstatic after his dominant display. ‘I noticed Jarno made a mistake so I took advantage and overtook and after that I just opened a gap. The car had an error after I crossed the line…someone up there was wishing well for me’.
It was an action packed race that featured a number of overtakes, including a stunning move by D’Ambrosio on Heidfeld in the closing stages. ‘We’ve always had the pace for a podium,especially in Monaco, Miami and Long Beach so it’s great to finally get the podium’, said D’Ambrosio after the race. ‘The track was fantastic’, he concluded.
It wasn’t great news for pole sitter for Jarno Trulli, who after dominating qualifying fell through the order. He eventually retired with two laps to go. Sebastian Buemi also had a disappointing day, despite taking p3. ‘We just weren’t quick today, it’s disappointing. It might be down to set-up.we seem to be strong everywhere but here’. He now trails Lucas di Grassi by 20 points in the standings.