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It was a big weekend for team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport. Formula E’s only German team was looking for a good result in front of their home crowd in Berlin, and after earning two podium spots and keeping their driver in first place in the championship, the team were satisfied with the result.
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver, Lucas Di Grassi went into the weekend in first place in the series, but things were looking bad as he would have to start the race from eighth place.
His teammate, Daniel Abt, meanwhile, started well, earning the third spot on the grid. When the green flag dropped for the race, he was in fine form and on the 10th lap he dipped inside on Jean-Eric Vergne and stole second place.
Farther back, Di Grassi was working his way up the grid, and thanks to some great driving, a few mistakes ahead of him, and a great pit stop, he was in third by the 26th lap.
Di Grassi eventually worked his way onto Abt’s tail, and on the penultimate lap there was controversy. Abt failed to cede his position after he was told to let his teammate through. Di Grassi was quicker and his main rival in the driver’s championship, Sebastien Buemi, was leading the race, so the three extra points were valuable.
Abt says that he did try to let his teammate, but couldn’t since Di Grassi was too far back. For his part, Di Grassi says he didn’t hear the order, nor did he want to be let through.
“To be honest I’m not a big fan of team orders,” said Di Grassi after the race. “Daniel did a great qualifying, a great race, he deserved the second place and it’d be unfair to change place.”
Regardless, Di Grassi (140 pts) still leads the driver’s championship, albeit by only one point. He is trailed in the championship by Berlin race-winner Sebastien Buemi (140 pts), who is followed by Sam Bird (82 pts). Daniel Abt’s second place finish was his best ever result in Formula E and gets him into seventh place (50 pts).
The next race on the calendar is more than a month away in London, on July 2. The race will be a double header and also the season finale, so the driver’s championship is still very much up for grabs.