Buemi victory in Berlin closes the Formula E points gap to just one ahead of the London season finale
Lucas di Grassi will take a one-point lead into Formula E’s season finale in London after Sebastien Buemi’s Berlin victory last Saturday.
Buemi beat poleman Jean-eric Vergne away at the start but lost first place a lap later and had to repass the DS Virgin Racing driver with a bold move into Turn 5.
He established a commanding lead as Vergne faded to fifth but had to manage a full-course yellow and a physical safety car to secure the victory.
Di Grassi finished third to maintain his 100 per cent on-the-road podium record this season but would have a slightly bigger points buffer had an attempted Abt Audi Sport team order been successful.
Di Grassi, who started eighth, was running behind team-mate Daniel Abt in the closing stages when Abt was informed to move aside. He tried to once, at the end of the penultimate lap, but they held position.
“In a way if, because of these three points, I lose the championship, I prefer to lose it this way than having the team order done,” di Grassi said.
Mike Conway finished top Briton in eighth, after Sam Bird and Oliver Turvey were forced to pit for repairs by race officials after sustaining minor front-wing damage while running well inside the points.