A difficult day for the Andretti Formula-E Team on the Berlin ePrix

Jean-Éric Vergne: "I think eighth is the maximum we could have done today, which is far from ideal,"

A difficult day for the Andretti Formula-E Team on the Berlin ePrix
Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport in trouble
Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport
Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport
Jean-Eric Vergne and Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport
Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport
Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti Autosport
Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti Autosport

It was a difficult day at the office for the Andretti Formula-E team who came away from Round Eight of the all-electric FIA Formula-E Championship in Berlin, Germany feeling frustrated with only a six points gain.

The Berlin ePrix was set within the 'Apron’ section of the former Tempelhof Airport, located just a short distance from the city centre. The tight and twisty 2.469-km anti-clockwise track featured 17 turns and provided a great spectacle for the 26,000 strong crowd, but an ultimately disappointing result for the American team who are now sixth in the current Championship standings.

Roger Griffiths, Co-Team Principal, Andretti Formula-E Team: “After a promising start to the race weekend we come away from Berlin disappointed in our performance during the race. Both drivers were frustrated by the handling issues they suffered so our engineering team will be investigating what happened and how to counter measure this. We expect to be back to our normal competitive selves at the next round in Moscow.”

Jean-Éric Vergne, No. 27 Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Qualified in 10th from Group Two
Lost position avoiding a Lap 1 incident, but took the chequer in P8
Following race winner Di Grassi's disqualification, JEV moves up to P7 to collect six Championship points

“At the start of the race there was a little crash and I lost some positions trying to avoid it. In the second stint the car was extremely slow and we had massive understeer which we have to investigate because we were not where we should have been. I think eighth is the maximum we could have done today, which is far from ideal, and we are going to have to work really hard to get back on the first row.”

Scott Speed, No. 28 Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Qualified in P12 from Group Two
Finished provisional P14 after a difficult race enduring oversteer due to lack of rear end grip (P13 actual)

"Frustrating day. We had a rear end issue, probably the tyres, on our first car during the race and it was one second slower than our second car, so we ultimately went backwards.”

Andretti Formula-E Team

shares
comments
Piquet Jr takes the lead of the FIA Formula E Championship in Berlin
Previous article

Piquet Jr takes the lead of the FIA Formula E Championship in Berlin

Next article

A crucial round for Formula E in Germany

A crucial round for Formula E in Germany
Load comments
De Vries: Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2 Prime

De Vries: Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong Prime

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong

Formula E welcomes a mix of past, present and future for the 2021-22 season. The old guard facing off against a sprinkling of newcomers, a fresh qualifying format amid a sporting rules shake-up and a range of minor tweaks to the existing all-electric machines are all subplots to the final campaign before the next generation arrives

Formula E
Dec 3, 2021
The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams Prime

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Formula E
Nov 30, 2021
How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Prime

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Formula E
Nov 29, 2021
How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself Prime

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series.

Formula E
Nov 27, 2021
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Prime

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Formula E
Nov 26, 2021
Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Prime

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit.

Formula E
Oct 13, 2021
How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Prime

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

Formula E
Sep 21, 2021