Da Costa strikes twice in Berlin for DS Techeetah/Michelin
Victory for Antonio Felix da Costa in this season’s first two Berlin E-Prix at the wheel of his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-TENSE FE20 has taken the P...
A one-two finish today for DS E-TENSE FE 20/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa in the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship’s fourth round in Berlin, Germany, saw DS Techeetah and Da Costa seal the Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles respectively.
A harvest of two wins and one second place in Berlin so far has allowed Antonio Felix da Costa to pull sufficiently clear at the top of the provisional points able to wrap up Formula E’s 2019/2020 Drivers’ championship with two races remaining, while his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne won the fourth e-prix in the German capital to clinch the Constructors’ title for DS Techeetah – Michelin’s 12
“There are no words to describe how I feel,” declared Da Costa on Sunday evening. “I went through some difficult moments in Formula E, finishing 15
The fourth Berlin race was marked by a brief shower which the Michelin Pilot Sport took in its stride thanks to its versatility.
“The drivers were able to continue at the same pace even when the conditions became damp,” observed Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E programme manager Jérôme Mondain afterwards. “The Michelin Pilot Sport is a truly astonishing tyre.
“After looking at the data collected by the Michelin Track Connect system during the first two e-prix at this notoriously abrasive track which took place in hot weather, we decided to run lower tyre pressures for the third and fourth races in Berlin in order to provide the drivers with an even more comfortable ride, along with superior performance and consistency.”
The third Berlin race, on Saturday, was won by Germany’s Maximilian Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport/Michelin), ahead of Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and pole-sitter Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) who bounced back after a couple of tough races earlier in the week. On Sunday, the Frenchman pocketed his ninth Formula 1 victory and spearheaded a one-two finish for the DS E-TENSE FE 20, ahead of Sébastien Buemi’s Nissan e.dams/Michelin.
The last two rounds of the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship will feature a different circuit layout at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport on August 12-13.
Berlin E-Prix 3 – Final positions:
1. Maximilian Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), 35 laps
2. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), 0.128s
3. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +2.569s
4. Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah), +2.763s
5. André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +3.136s
Berlin E-Prix 4 – Final positions:
1. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), 37 laps
2. Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah), +0.497s
3. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +1.392s
4. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes Benz EQ FE Team), +3.791s
5. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +5.018s