09 Aug 20

Da Costa heads Guenther to set morning pace in Practice 3

DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa set the pace in Practice 3 ahead of Round 8 winner Max Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) and Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland.

The standings leader headed into today knowing that a win in Round 9 would secure him the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ Championship, no matter his rivals’ results.

He posted a 1:06.319 late on amid the qualifying simulation runs, despite complaints that he had hit an errant bump in the track's surface which cost him some time. That effort was around 0.050 seconds away from his team-mate’s Super Pole lap yesterday.

BMW’s Guenther followed up on that superb return to form in Round 8 yesterday to end the session just 0.039 seconds back from da Costa. The German needs to pile the pressure on the Portuguese driver from the outset today as the DS racer's nearest title challenger.

The Bavarian marque had struggled to ensure its practice pace transitioned into qualifying in the first double header on the Reverse Berlin Tempelhof Circuit but looks to have put that issue to bed on the Traditional layout.

Rowland’s effort was a tenth back from Guenther, whilst Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ), Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and Nyck de Vries in the sister Silver Arrow 01 filled out rows two and three.

Mitch Evans, having arrived in Berlin second in the standings, has seen his title fight fall to the wayside with Panasonic Jaguar Racing struggling to dial in over the first three rounds. The Kiwi will be encouraged to be within a quarter of-a-second of the session’s benchmark.

Coverage of qualifying gets underway at 14:00 local time, with the Berlin E-Prix Round 9 to follow at 19:00.

Practice 3 | Round 9 | 2020 Berlin E-Prix

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