Pechito continues strong points haul in Berlin

Following on from Saturday’s double points score, DS Virgin Racing once again picked up an impressive points haul during the second race of this weekend’s FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix. Held at the city’s Tempelhof Airport, Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird finished fifth and seventh respectively to leave the team in fourth place overall heading into the next event in New York.

The morning practice sessions once again showed the pace of the DSV-02 with Lopez topping the timesheets in the second session and setting the quickest lap of the entire weekend. This continued into qualifying where Bird and Lopez ended first and second, promoting them to the Super Pole shootout. However, the two narrowly missed out on a front row spot, instead settling for P3 and P4.

It was a clean getaway for Lopez and Bird as the 46-lap race got underway where energy consumption would prove to be crucial. Running fourth and fifth, Bird attempted a move on Lopez into Turn 1 on lap 17 but Pechito defended his line costing him time, as well as a couple of places.

Lopez then moved into fifth after a great move around the outside of Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne at the hairpin, holding the place until the chequered flag.

“The team have been doing a great job over the last few races and we know there’s more to come from the race pace,” said Lopez. “Everyone worked really hard and we’ve been able to come away with some good points.”

The next rounds (nine and 10) of the FIA Formula E Championship take place for the first time in New York on July 15 and 16.

Driver standings (after Rd 8)

  1. Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams – 157
  2. Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport – 125
  3. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing – 86
  4. Nico Prost, Renault e.dams – 72
  5. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing – 63
  6. Jean-Eric Vergne, TECHEETAH – 52
  7. Jose Maria Lopez, DS Virgin Racing – 50
  8. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing – 47
  9. Daniel Abt, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport – 46
  10. Nelson Piquet Jr, NextEV NIO – 33

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