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Berlin E-Prix: Di Grassi quickest in closely contested FE FP3

Lucas di Grassi fired his Audi to the top of the times in the final Formula E practice on the reversed Berlin circuit as only 0.09s covered the top six.

The 2017-18 champion botched his qualifying lap for the first E-Prix at the Tempelhof Airport to line up only 20th but did recover to eighth after a late crash with Jean-Eric Vergne.

His late 250kW full power practice run aboard the E-tron FE06 propelled him to the top of the times on a 1m06.732s, which left him fractionally clear of Andre Lotterer by 0.009s.

For much of the 45-minute session, Berlin race one victor Antonio Felix da Costa sat comfortably fastest after a higher-power 235kW run combined with fanboost.

Then quickest in all three sectors, the DS Techeetah driver posted a 1m06.821s to eclipse his group one qualifying time from the day before, which left him more than 1s ahead of next best Sergio Sette Camara.

A late flurry of full power runs, however, relegated the points leader down to an eventual sixth after he spurned his final run with a Turn 6 lock up, which sent him wide for Turn 7.

Porsche driver Lotterer would remain in second, ahead of the BMW Andretti of Maximilian Guenther, only a further 0.008s in arrears.

A quiet session for Jaguar driver Mitch Evans – who impressed in Mexico City and Marrakech qualifying, prior to a team error – was saved by a run to fourth.

Alexander Sims, in the second BMW iFE 20, ran in fifth ahead of da Costa in a session where five teams were covered by only 0.089s.

A strong run out for Dragon Racing’s new signing Sette Camara – who will miss his first Formula 1 grand prix of 2020 in his role as Red Bull reserve – gave him a competitive seventh.

Contesting his debut FE weekend, his Thursday morning practice run was 2s quicker than any lap he managed throughout all of Wednesday.

Vergne, who spent much of the first-half of third practice focusing on energy saving runs after his late decline in the opening E-Prix, was eighth as Oliver Rowland in his Nissan e.dams car edged Stoffel Vandoorne in the battle for a top 10 spot.

Di Grassi’s new team-mate Rene Rast was only 0.4s off the pace, but enough to drag him down to 14th ahead of Envision Virgin Racing duo Robin Frijns and Sam Bird.

Felipe Massa complained of a “really bad” front end that “didn’t work”, and he was a lowly 23rd.

NIO 333 stand-in Daniel Abt was last of the runners, reporting he had “no trust” in the car and so will revert to the preceding day’s set-up.

Berlin E-Prix FP3 results

PosDriverTeamCarGap
1Lucas di GrassiAudiAudi1m06.732s
2Andre LottererPorschePorsche0.009s
3Maximilian GuentherBMWBMW0.017s
4Mitch EvansJaguarJaguar0.040s
5Alexander SimsBMWBMW0.057s
6Antonio Felix da CostaDS TecheetahDS0.089s
7Sergio Sette CamaraDragonPenske0.125s
8Jean-Eric VergneDS TecheetahDS0.129s
9Oliver Rowlande.damsNissan0.182s
10Stoffel VandoorneMercedesMercedes0.237s
11Nico MullerDragonPenske0.280s
12Jerome d’AmbrosioMahindraMahindra0.374s
13Edoardo MortaraVenturiMercedes0.399s
14Rene RastAudiAudi0.417s
15Robin FrijnsVirginAudi0.465s
16Sam BirdVirginAudi0.513s
17Nyck de VriesMercedesMercedes0.535s
18Neel JaniPorschePorsche0.566s
19James CaladoJaguarJaguar0.630s
20Alex LynnMahindraMahindra0.638s
21Oliver TurveyNIONIO0.675s
22Sebastien Buemie.damsNissan0.821s
23Felipe MassaVenturiMercedes1.089s
24Daniel AbtNIONIO1.467s


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