The Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix saw the return of the FE School Series with once again the innovative support series proving a hit with students and spectators alike.
The series, operated by Formula E in conjunction with UK-based charity Greenpower Education Trust, sees 10 teams of local high school students aged 11-16 assembling electric single seat kit cars. As all the 24 volt, 240 watt cars are the same it is essential for the students to set them up to be as efficient as possible, with an efficiency calculation determining the grid positions from a 20 minute qualifying session on the full ePrix track.
Henriette Thau from Lessing-Gymnasium mastered the art of efficient driving qualifying on pole position in her silver machine, but it was Dominic Schlomski from Rheingau-Gymnasium who took a commanding lead from second on the grid in the striking green car, leaving Thau to try and fend off team mate Hoang Phuc Le, also from Lessing-Gymnasium, throughout the 20 minute race. Their positions changed a number of times but it was Thau who came through to take second at the chequered flag.
Muhammed Korkot from Zuckmayer-Oberschule had a disappointing day, with electrical failure making him the only non-finisher in the race.
Schlomski, 16, commented on the podium “It’s a brilliant feeling to have won the first School Series race in Berlin. I had the best team ever around me for both the build of the car and the race day."
The School Series continues next at the London ePrix on Saturday 27 June, where 12 teams from across the city will take part.