Berlin ePrix Race Report
It was a difficult day at the office for the Andretti Formula-E team who came away from Round Eight of the all-electric FIA Formula-E Championship in Berlin, Germany feeling frustrated with only a six points gain.
The Berlin ePrix was set within the 'Apron’ section of the former Tempelhof Airport, located just a short distance from the city centre. The tight and twisty 2.469-km anti-clockwise track featured 17 turns and provided a great spectacle for the 26,000 strong crowd, but an ultimately disappointing result for the American team who are now sixth in the current Championship standings.
Roger Griffiths, Co-Team Principal, Andretti Formula-E Team
“After a promising start to the race weekend we come away from Berlin disappointed in our performance during the race. Both drivers were frustrated by the handling issues
they suffered so our engineering team will be investigating what happened and how to counter measure this. We expect to be back to our normal competitive selves at the next round in Moscow.”
Jean-Éric Vergne, No. 27 Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Qualified in 10th from Group Two
Lost position avoiding a Lap 1 incident, but took the chequer in P8
Following race winner Di Grassi's disqualification, JEV moves up to P7 to collect six Championship points
“At the start of the race there was a little crash and I lost some positions trying to avoid it. In the second stint the car was extremely slow and we had massive understeer which we have to investigate because we were not where we should have been. I think eighth is the maximum we could have done today, which is far from ideal, and we are going to have to work really hard to get back on the first row.”
Scott Speed, No. 28 Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Qualified in P12 from Group Two
Finished provisional P14 after a difficult race enduring oversteer due to lack of rear end grip (P13 actual)
"Frustrating day. We had a rear end issue, probably the tyres, on our first car during the race and it was one second slower than our second car, so we ultimately went backwards.”
Andretti Formula-E Team sits in sixth place in the FIA Formula-E Team Championship with 88 points. The ninth round of competition takes place in Moscow, Russia, on June, 4 2015. For information about the Andretti Formula-E team, visit www.fiaformulae.com/andretti, and stay up to date on Twitter via @AndrettiFE.