Rosenqvist wins FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix

File Photo : Felix Rosenqvist
IANS|11-Jun-2017 17:43

Berlin, June 11 : Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist has snatched his first career Formula E victory after winning the first race of the Berlin ePrix.

Rosenqvist won the first race in Berlin's double-header at the Tempelhof Airport circuit on Saturday after leaving ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas Di Grassi, who started from the pole position, behind on second position, reports Xinhua news agency.

Di Grass caught a good start and was able to defend his pole position against Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld.

As the race progressed, Di Grassi worked out an advantage of 1.4 seconds over chasers Rosenqvist and Heidfeld. However, things changed midway through the 44-lap race as Rosenqvist came closer to overtake Di Grassi, who had temperature issues, in lap 22.

Rosenqvist kept his nerves and held the lead until the end although Di Grassi piled on the pressure.

Nevertheless, the Swedish racer's maiden win was never at stake as Rosenqvist crossed the finish line with an 2.2 second advantage, followed by Di Grassi and the second Mahindra Racing's driver Nick Heidfeld, who finished 3rd for the third time in row in Berlin.

With the result, championship leader Sebastien Buemi from Renault e.Dams remains atop the standings after finishing fifth with a total of 142 points, followed by Lucas Di Grass with 110 points and Renault's driver Nicolas Gross with 64 points.