Rosenqvist beats Buemi to Berlin race two pole
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 20:40
Sweden's Felix Rosenqvist celebrates his victory after the Formula E Championship rally at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. By the exit of the first corner, they had taken second and third, holding those positions until just before the optimum pit stop window.
Heidfeld, wearing a special Berlin ePrix Sparco race suit created by #DrivenByDesign competition victor Tejas Manek, was able to put pressure on di Grassi in the later stages of the race. However, things changed midway through the 44-lap race as Rosenqvist came closer to overtake Di Grassi, who had temperature issues, in lap 22.
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi, the pole sitter, struggled to maintain the temperature of the battery in his vehicle and eventually Rosenqvist was close enough to pull off a move, driving around the Brazilian through the long Turn 1.
Still, not too much champagne will be quaffed tonight as everyone is back on track tomorrow at 8am for the second day of the double-header. At this point in the season we're settling down into a rhythm with our procedures and this week we just felt like winners already - I think that made a big difference. For the third race in a row, Heidfeld stood on the bottom step of the podium. Talking about his strategy, Rosenqvist said, "My engineer gave me the go and I saw he was a bit tight on energy on his in-lap, so I thought I might give it a go and it worked out".
"It is one of the greatest days in history of the Mahindra Racing team". It is a big reward for the team. "We're gona improve the auto, make sure the vehicle is better tomorrow so that we can fight for the win".
Team principal Dilbagh Gill said, "This is a historic milestone for Indian motorsport on open four wheels".
Felix Rosenqvist proved that he was the class of the field again by taking pole position for the second race in Berlin.