Edoardo Mortara arrived at the E-Prix with bad feelings after disappointing results in the last two rounds, and a shocking start in Monaco due to a collision with his teammate, Lucas di Grassi. However, the Italian-Swiss turned the page and conquered Saturday’s race on German soil.
Energy management and strategy were the keys to clearly dominate the event at Tempelhof, but with an intense initial fight behind between Porsche and DS that continued with the first activation of the Attack Mode. First Porsche and then DS, and during the fight between the four cars, Mortara was favored.
Despite strong pressure from Vergne, who came very close to assaulting the race lead, Mortara was able to withstand the onslaught and did not fail to activate an Attack Mode, which led to his second win of the year.
Vandoorne Holds Lead
The championship leader, Stofel Vandoorne, also had a good initial strategy to recover positions after starting in eighth place and get into the fight with the group of favorites.
The Mercedes driver made a good energy management, which allowed him to also attack Porsche during the middle of the race and reach the final 10 minutes, with the second Attack Mode to be used by all the frontrunners, in podium position.
Vandoorne was very close to surpassing Vergne after his risky and ambitious overtaking attempt in the last gear changes, but in the end, he settled for a very valuable third place that keeps him at the top of the standings, albeit by just three points ahead of Vergne. The Frenchman, however, will have another chance this Sunday on the second race.
Porsche’s André Lotterer completed the first of his two home races in fourth place. He even briefly led the race when Mortara took the attack mode, in a contest where the Porsches showed a good pace at the initial stages, but were absorbed by the pace of their rivals during the fierce fight of the race.
Mitch Evans focused on consuming less in the early stages to be able to attack on the final minutes, and that paid off, as the Jaguar driver moved up to fifth position and overtook Pascal Wehrlein in the closing stages to get nearer to Lotterer.
This Sunday will be held the second day in Berlin, with the particularity that the course will change the direction in which pilots will run, going clockwise.
Written by I Jhonattan González