Tough weekend at Tempelhof for MS Amlin Andretti.

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Headline: Tough weekend at Tempelhof for MS Amlin Andretti.

Qualifying: Saturday 10th June
It was a disappointing qualifying session for the MS Amlin Andretti
drivers. Both were drawn in the first qualifying group, an immediate
disadvantage on a dirty track. Neither had a session to be happy
about, with Robin Frijns managing 17th position – 1:09.630
– and António Félix da Costa having an even harder struggle, ending
20th on the grid after an error on his fastest lap – 1:11.147.

The Race: Saturday 10th June
The first race of the Berlin double header brought few positives for
either Frijns or Félix da Costa. With the pair struggling for outright
pace on a track not well suited to the Andretti ATEC-002, the team
decided to gamble on efficiency. Both drivers settled into a rhythm to
save energy and made a later pitstop than the competition. Frijns
managed to make it to lap 23 of 44, while Félix da Costa pitted on the
24th. However, the extra energy saved was not enough to
make progress for the second part of the race. The MS Amlin Andretti
pair crossed the line 17th and 18th, Félix da
Costa bettering his teammate on the last lap. Post-race
disqualification for a competitor meant each gained a place in the
final standings: 16th and 17th positions.

Qualifying: Sunday 11th June
Sunday’s qualifying session was a small improvement over Saturday’s.
Robin Frijns, from qualifying group four, was able to take
14th on the grid, with António Félix da Costa managing
17th from the third group. Frijns’ time was 1:08.583, while
his Portuguese teammate lapped in 1:09.085.

The Race: Sunday 11th June
The second race of the weekend, at 46 laps two longer than the first,
was agonising for the MS Amlin Andretti team. In a chaotic start, both
drivers gained places, with Félix da Costa making it to
12th, and Frijns 13th position. Crucially, the
Portuguese was able to hold his place and maintain his energy reserves
until his 23rd lap pitstop. He emerged 11th and,
despite several incidents in the second half of the event, he would
finish there, frustratingly just outside the points-paying positions.
Frijns was unable to hold on to 13th, dropping places and
eventually pitting in 18th position, where he would finish
the race.

The Reactions

António Félix da Costa, MS Amlin Andretti: “Sunday’s
race was a big improvement over Saturday’s, but I don’t come here to
be happy with 11th place. The good thing is that no one in
the team is happy to be outside the points. We have the ambition to
move forwards – we know our limitations but moving to New York we can
focus on the improvements we made between the two races this weekend.”

Robin Frijns, MS Amlin Andretti: “We knew before we
came here that this would be a tough weekend, and that was the case.
Saturday was a tough day, and Sunday was a tough day too – though
António did a better job. I can’t figure out why he had the edge in
the second race, so I’m going to check the data and focus ahead for
New York.”

The BMW i Vehicle Fleet
For Season 3, BMW i remains the “Official Vehicle Partner” for the
FIA Formula E Championship. The BMW i8 (fuel consumption combined: 2.1
l/100 km / 134.5 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 49 g/km) will
continue as the high-performance, efficient Safety Car in Formula E.
The same goes for the BMW i3 (energy consumption combined: 12.9 kWh;
CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km), which is the “Medical Car” and “Race
Director Car” and for the BMW X5 xDrive40e (fuel consumption combined:
3.4–3.3 l/100 km / 83.1–85.6 mpg imp; CO2 emissions combined: 78–77
g/km; figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the
tyre format specified), which functions as the “Rescue Car” or
“Extrication Car”.

The Outlook
FIA Formula E heads across the Atlantic for rounds nine and 10 of the
series. New York promises to be a thrilling setting for an ePrix, with
the race taking place in Brooklyn, in sight of the Statue of Liberty
and Brooklyn Bridge. The New York ePrix is also the first
FIA-sanctioned event ever held in New York City.

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