BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Max Guenther topped the timesheets in Practice 1 at the New Berlin Tempelhof Circuit, with drivers and teams finding their feet around a tighter, more technical layout for Rounds 10 and 11.
Six extra turns take the total to 16 and extend the lap time by around 10 seconds, with substantial changes made to the final two sectors over the Traditional configuration run at the weekend.
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Round 8 winner Guenther recorded a 1:16.251 and was followed by Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), a hair back at +0.009 seconds, Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) and ABB FIA Formula E Champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) – all separated by just 0.090 seconds. Lucas di Grassi in the sister Audi rounded out the top six.
With new surroundings, the emphasis was on drivers methodically working their way through in-depth practice programmes. Systems, setups, energy management profiles, and power deployments are the focus, to ensure everything is working as expected and corresponds to teams' tireless simulator work - if they were able to second guess Formula E's Sporting team and their fresh new layout, that is!
Voting is still open for FANBOOST ahead of the Berlin E-Prix Round 10, with Mercedes-Benz EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne heading the way on 25 percent of the vote ahead of da Costa, Daniel Abt (NIO 333), Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) and Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing).
Published on 12th August 2020