Berlin E-Prix: BMW's Gunther tops final practice of 2020

Matt Kew
·3-min read

The BMW Andretti driver posted a brilliant 250kW effort of 1m15.091s on the extended Tempelhof Airport configuration to beat champion Antonio Felix da Costa by 0.242s. 

Gunther, winner of the third race in the German capital, had also led the early normal-power times in the 45-minute session as he did the previous day too. 

Despite messing up his first attempt at an attack mode lap with the 35kW boost, where he only found 0.3s over his standard run, Gunther responded with the fastest time set so far on the longer layout. 

Da Costa found his locking rear brake issue had continued overnight and was proving particularly troublesome into Turn 1 and ran to a 1m15.333s. 

Race-five victor Oliver Rowland headed a Nissan e.dams 3-4 over stablemate Sebastien Buemi, with the 2015-16 champion set to be beaten by a teammate in the standings for the first time in FE. 

Meanwhile, a strong run for Jaguar driver Mitch Evans took him to fifth ahead of Nyck de Vries for Mercedes - who was second at the time before being shuffled down. 

Gunther’s teammate Alexander Sims ran to seventh ahead of Andre Lotterer, the Porsche driver leading the way with 10 minutes to run after being the first person to set a full-power time. 

Mahindra's Alex Lynn beat Venturi Racing pilot Felipe Massa as they rounded out the top 10.  

Behind Sam Bird and Edoardo Mortara, the second Mercedes of Stoffel Vandoorne was only 12th ahead of Lucas di Grassi. 

Di Grassi, on course to finish outside the top three in the points for the first time, spun on his full-power out-lap into Turn 1.  

Out-going champion Jean-Eric Vergne was also another surprise spinner as he lost the rear of his DS Techeetah on entry into the Turn 7 left-hander.  

That meant Vergne ran to only 21st fastest ahead of Audi’s Rene Rast, Tom Blomqvist - preparing for the second race of his FE return with Jaguar - and Daniel Abt.  

Berlin E-Prix - Practice results:

1

Germany

Maximilian Gunther

BMW iFE.20
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'15.091

 

2

Portugal

Antonio Felix da Costa

DS E-TENSE FE20
China

Techeetah

1'15.333

0.242

3

United Kingdom

Oliver Rowland

Nissan IM02
France

DAMS

1'15.441

0.350

4

Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi

Nissan IM02
France

DAMS

1'15.495

0.404

5

New Zealand

Mitch Evans

Jaguar I-Type 4
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'15.591

0.500

6

Netherlands

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Germany

Mercedes

1'15.679

0.588

7

United Kingdom

Alexander Sims

BMW iFE.20
United States

Andretti Autosport

1'15.733

0.642

8

Germany

Andre Lotterer

Porsche 99X Electric
Germany

Porsche Team

1'15.760

0.669

9

United Kingdom

Alex Lynn

Mahindra M6Electro
India

Mahindra Racing

1'15.792

0.701

10

Brazil

Felipe Massa

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Monaco

Venturi

1'15.826

0.735

11

United Kingdom

Sam Bird

Audi e-tron FE06
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'15.841

0.750

12

Switzerland

Edoardo Mortara

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Monaco

Venturi

1'15.893

0.802

13

Belgium

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
Germany

Mercedes

1'15.914

0.823

14

Brazil

Lucas di Grassi

Audi e-tron FE06
Germany

Team Abt

1'15.955

0.864

15

Switzerland

Neel Jani

Porsche 99X Electric
Germany

Porsche Team

1'15.970

0.879

16

Switzerland

Nico Müller

Penske EV-4
United States

Dragon Racing

1'16.021

0.930

17

Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Audi e-tron FE06
United Kingdom

Virgin Racing

1'16.058

0.967

18

Brazil

Sergio Sette Camara

Penske EV-4
United States

Dragon Racing

1'16.082

0.991

19

Belgium

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

Mahindra M6Electro
India

Mahindra Racing

1'16.132

1.041

20

United Kingdom

Oliver Turvey

NIO FE-005
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'16.242

1.151

21

France

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS E-TENSE FE20
China

Techeetah

1'16.271

1.180

22

Germany

René Rast

Audi e-tron FE06
Germany

Team Abt

1'16.382

1.291

23

United Kingdom

Tom Blomqvist

Jaguar I-Type 4
United Kingdom

Jaguar Racing

1'16.480

1.389

24

Germany

Daniel Abt

NIO FE-005
United Kingdom

NIO Formula E Team

1'16.547

1.456

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