Di Grassi wins Berlin thriller

Lucas Di Grassi won his second race of the season in Berlin today, seeing off pole sitter Sebastien Buemi en route to victory.

The Brazilian started third but got past second place starting Stoffel Vandoorne pretty swiftly ans set sights on race leader Buemi, who he eventually got past with a little over 30 minutes remaining, a position he would keep for the rest of the race.

Gary Paffett started fourth but was starting to fall down the order, eventually falling to 13th place. Da Costa, Vergne and Abt would eventually make their way to the front of the pack and start to close in on Buemi and Vandoorne.

Da Costa was the first to use his Attack Mode an as each front runner went for their Attack Mode each lap after, Da Costa gained a spot and he was up to second. Buemi was back past him swiftly after the Swiss driver activated his use of FanBoost down the start/finish straight and into the long Turn 1.

The race was briefly paused when a full course yellow was deployed for Alex Lynn’s car as he came to a halt just on the exit of the final corner. Everyone took the opportunity to use their Attack Modes, however when the full course yellow came in, most had about 30 seconds left of the mode, apart from the Audis and Wehrlein who had all picked up their extra 25kw a lap later.

Vergne had charged through the field making some daredevil moves on Paffett, Abt and Vandoorne all down at Turn 6, and then set sights on Da Costa. Vergne made the move at his favourite corner and a podium spot was his. Vergne then closed down Buemi but even a last ditch attempt at Turn 6 wasn’t enough for second.

Di Grassi won with a two second margin to Buemi and Vergne, with Da Costa, Vandoorne and Abt completing the top six. Alexander Sims finished seventh ahead of Oliver Rowland, with Sam Bird and Pascal Wehrlein rounded out the top ten.

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