Berlin E-Prix

Disappointing end to Berlin E-Prix for Panasonic Jaguar Racing

Formula E in Berlin
Formula E in Berlin
  • Round ten of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship took place at the historic Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin
  • Alex Lynn impressed by competing in his first Super Pole for the team before a technical issue forced him to retire from the race in P6
  • Mitch Evans continued his streak of completing every race in Season 5 and showed real pace by topping FP1
  • Panasonic Jaguar Racing head to Bern for Round 11 on 22 June
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Berlin E-Prix

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Race Report

Round ten of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship showed promised but ended in disappointment for Panasonic Jaguar at the 2019 BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium.

After showing impressive speed and competing in his first ever Super Pole for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Alex Lynn qualified P5 and was set to earn strong points before a technical issue forced him to retire.

His teammate Mitch Evans had previously topped the time sheets in FP1 but had to contend with a race-long midfield battle after qualifying P18. He missed out a point finish in P12. The Kiwi continues his streak of completing every race this season.

The penultimate round of the European races took place on a challenging concrete track renowned for being tough on brakes and tyres. A strong start for Alex saw him battling for a podium in the Jaguar
I-TYPE 3 before misfortune struck. Mitch showed impressive race craft in the middle of the field despite a damaged front wing, moving up six places by the chequered flag.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the Bern E-Prix, which takes place on Saturday 22 June.

James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director: “This wasn’t the result we wanted. There are such fine margins in Formula E and we saw that this weekend. We need to go away to look at the route of the problem Alex had with his car in the race and what caused the difficulties Mitch had in qualifying.

“It is important that we remain positive as a team. The pace in Free Practice and Alex’s first Super Pole for the team are positives from a tough day.

“We know the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is quick and we’ll come back fighting for the next race in Bern.”

Alex Lynn, #3: “All weekend the car showed really strong pace It was great to be competing in my first Super Pole for the team and be fighting at the front of the race.

“It’s a shame we didn’t get the result we wanted on this occasion. Unfortunately I had an issue with the car, which meant I couldn’t continue. I am confident the guys can find out what went wrong. We have a few weeks now to concentrate on getting a good result in Bern.”

Mitch Evans, #20: “Obviously it’s disappointing to not be in the points. Trying to work our way through the middle of the field wasn’t easy – we made up six places, but it wasn’t enough in the end.

“There’s a lot we can learn from this race and I’m happy with how quick the car was in Free Practice. We’ll be doing all we can to get back into the points in Bern.”

Race Results

1
11
Lucas Di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Shaeffler
47:02.477
2
23
Sébastien Buemi
Nissan E.Dams
+ 1.856
3
25
Jean-Éric Vergne
DS Techeetah Formula E Team
+ 2.522
4
28
António Félix Da Costa
BMW I Andretti Motorsport
+ 5.845
5
5
Stoffel Vandoorne
HWA Racelab
+ 6.336

Team Panasonic Jaguar Racing

M. Evans
POSITION 12
M. Evans
Best: 1:09.774
Qualified position: 18
A. Lynn
POSITION DNF
A. Lynn
Best: 1:11.008
Qualified position: 5

Berlin E-Prix in Photos

The circuit

When: 25 May 2019
Track length: 2.27km
No. of turns: 10
Season 3 Winner: Felix Rosenqvist, Sebastien Buemi
Season 3 Lap record: Mitch Evans - 1:10.224, M Engel - 1:09.509
Track direction: Anticlockwise

About the circuit

Every track on the Formula E roster has its quirks, and the Tempelhof circuit is no different.

The concrete surface here is particularly abrasive. On the very first turn, a long straight leading into one of the longest corners of the season necessitates simultaneous heavy braking and turning. This generates high g-forces in both transverse and longitudinal directions on the tyres, leading to some serious heating. During the race thermal management will be crucial to maintain performance.

Turn 9 provides the best chance for overtaking on the track. With two longer straights leading in and out of it, and a variety of possible driving lines preventing natural blocking, we should see some really interesting overtaking maneuvers here.

Last season’s race provided EMOTION club ticket holders with seats inside a tunnel the track goes through, and there is every indication this will be available again this year. The structure provides fans with unbelievably close views of the race. If there was ever time to splash out and upgrade your ticket, now’s the time!

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The championship races

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