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Formula e has electrified Berlin: two great days in Tempelhof with exciting races, loads of action for the fans and beautiful weather.
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R07 Saturday
Lucas di Grassi claimed his 18th podium position in Formula E after finishing second in the race in Berlin and, as a result, presented his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team with yet another successful result.
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Lucas di Grassi on the podium at the home race
Lucas di Grassi claimed his 18th podium position in Formula E after finishing second in the race in Berlin and, as a result, presented his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team with yet another successful result. Team mate Daniel Abt competed the German outfit’s strong outing with sixth place. Perfect motivation for the second race on Sunday.

In qualifying at midday Lucas di Grassi had already inspired the many fans at the former airport in Tempelhof: in the super pole, the Brazilian clinched the best grid position by the razor-thin margin of one thousandth of a second – when converted into distance this is just three centimeters on the 2.277 kilometre track.

However, in the race, di Grassi had to let eventual winner Felix Rosenqvist by just before the mandatory pit stop including car change. “The battery temperature climbed very quickly, which meant I had to reduce my pace. Felix could overtake, so afterwards I concentrated on securing the points for second place,” said di Grassi, who was nevertheless happy. “Pole position, Champagne and a trophy – that was a great day’s work for us.”

Team mate Daniel Abt started the race from eighth on the grid and after 44 laps finished sixth. After making a perfect start the German had some wheel-to-wheel battles before ultimately squeezing past some other competitors just before the finish. “I expected a little more after having made such a good start when I made up quite a lot of places,” said Abt. “But after the pit stop I got stuck behind a group and was only able to overtake once.”

Both drivers were impressed by the backdrop in Tempelhof. “The atmosphere was amazing, many thanks to all the fans, who supported us today,” said Daniel Abt. A special eye-catcher: more than 400 Schaeffler employees, who occupied an entire grandstand and frenetically cheered on their two drivers.”
Round 07
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P Driver Team Laps Time
01. F. ROSENQVIST (S) MAHINDRA RACING 44 53m 19.661s
02. L. DI GRASSI (BR) ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI SPORT 44 +2.232s
03. N. HEIDFELD (D) MAHINDRA RACING 44 +4.058s
04. J. LOPEZ (RA) DS VIRGIN RACING 44 +13.638s
05. N. PROST (F) RENAULT E.DAMS 44 +19.068s
06. D. ABT (D) ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI SPORT 44 +19.799s
07. S. BIRD (GB) DS VIRGIN RACING 44 +20.065s
08. J. VERGNE (F) TECHEETAH 44 +20.689s
09. M. ENGEL (D) VENTURI FORMULA E 44 +39.030s
10. O. TURVEY (GB) NEXTEV NIO 44 +40.985s
11. S. SARRAZIN (F) TECHEETAH 44 +42.682s
12. N. PIQUET JR. (BR) NEXTEV NIO 44 +42.980s
13. J. D'AMBROSIO (B) FARADAY FUTURE DRAGON RACING 44 +45.712s
14. A. CARROLL (GB) PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING 44 +49.658s
15. L. DUVAL (F) FARADAY FUTURE DRAGON RACING 44 +59.010s
16. A. DA COSTA (P) ANDRETTI FORMULA E 44 +1m 00.269s
17. R. FRIJNS (NL) ANDRETTI FORMULA E 44 +1m 02.463s
18. T. DILLMANN (F) VENTURI FORMULA E 44 +1m 07.695s
19. S. BUEMI (CH) RENAULT E.DAMS 44 DQF
20. M. EVANS (NZ) PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING 16 –28 laps
R08 Sunday
Thrilling overtaking moves, fantastic comeback drives and two parties on the podium with thousands of fans looking on: the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport squad produced a fantastic show for the spectators at its home Formula E race in Berlin.
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Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt inspire Berlin
Thrilling overtaking moves, fantastic comeback drives and two parties on the podium with thousands of fans looking on: the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport squad produced a fantastic show for the spectators at its home Formula E race in Berlin. Lucas di Grassi clinched two trophies during the weekend, Daniel Abt narrowly missed the podium on Sunday after finishing fourth.

Sunday’s Formula E race on the former airport in Tempelhof was just what the fans ordered: they enjoyed a thrilling 46-lap battle between the drivers for the podium positions. The German team’s two drivers were protagonists who fought their way towards the front from seventh to third and from eighth to fourth and, in doing so, thrilled the spectators filling the grandstands.

“That was a fantastic weekend with a fantastic backdrop. Thanks to all the fans who supported us. I think that together with Mexico the atmosphere in Germany is the best,” said Lucas di Grassi. The Brazilian had already claimed pole position to start and then second place on Saturday. “Two trophies on one weekend is a great result. It shouldn’t however obscure the fact that we must still work enormously hard to reduce the deficit we have in the standings.”
Daniel Abt celebrated his best result of the season so far with fourth place on Sunday and only narrowly missed the party on the podium. The local matador followed his team mate for almost the entire race distance, but chose not to risk a potentially risky overtaking move. “Of course I was eager to mount the podium as I had done last year here in Berlin. Even so, I had a lot of fun in the race, a few tough battles and now I’m delighted about two good races and a great haul of points.” Abt finished sixth on Saturday.

After a short break, Formula E turns onto its home straight with two further so-called double headers, during which two races are held on a single weekend: On 15–16 July the electric racing series races in the shadow of Manhattan in New York, before the new Champion is crowned in Montreal on 29–30 July. Lucas di Grassi is 32 points behind Sébastien Buemi after eight of twelve races. In the teams’ classification, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport is also second.
“I think that the spectators enjoyed two fantastic days in Berlin. Congratulations to the organiser and Formula E,” said team boss Hans-Jürgen Abt. “My thanks go to my team, which fought its way to the front after some difficult opening practice sessions and was never fazed by the pressure of a home race. Two trophies, four times in the points and a pole position is a great result, which certainly also pleased our partners that supported us here so fantastically.”
Round 08
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P Driver Team Laps Time
01. S. BUEMI (CH) RENAULT E.DAMS 46 56m 02.155s
02. F. ROSENQVIST (S) MAHINDRA RACING 46 +7.195s
03. L. DI GRASSI (BR) ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI SPORT 46 +10.862s
04. D. ABT (D) ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI SPORT 46 +13.631s
05. J. LOPEZ (RA) DS VIRGIN RACING 46 +20.324s
06. J. VERGNE (F) TECHEETAH 46 +20.751s
07. S. BIRD (GB) DS VIRGIN RACING 46 +21.959s
08. N. PROST (F) RENAULT E.DAMS 46 +22.155s
09. O. TURVEY (GB) NEXTEV NIO 46 +34.949s
10. N. HEIDFELD (D) MAHINDRA RACING 46 +35.814s
11. A. DA COSTA (P) ANDRETTI FORMULA E 46 +44.057s
12. N. PIQUET JR. (BR) NEXTEV NIO 46 +44.439s
13. J. D'AMBROSIO (B) FARADAY FUTURE DRAGON RACING 46 +47.336s
14. S. SARRAZIN (F) TECHEETAH 46 +51.653s
15. T. DILLMANN (F) VENTURI FORMULA E 46 +56.997s
16. A. CARROL (GB) PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING 46 +1m 05.426s
17. M. EVANS (GB) PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING 46 +1m 07.018s
18. R. FRIJNS (NL) ANDRETTI FORMULA E 46 +1m 12.083s
19. L. DUVAL (F) FARADAY FUTURE DRAGON RACING 33 –13 laps
20. M. ENGEL (D) VENTURI FORMULA E 14 –32 laps
POINT STANDINGS
P Driver Points
01. S. BUEMI (CH) 157
02. L. DI GRASSI (BR) 125
03. F. ROSENQVIST (S) 86
04. N. PROST (F) 72
05. N. HEIDFELD (D) 63
06. J. VERGNE (F) 52
07. J. LOPEZ (RA) 50
08. S. BIRD (GB) 47
09. D. ABT (D) 46
10. N. PIQUET JR. (BR) 33
11. O. TURVEY (GB) 18
12. M. EVANS (NZ) 16
13. R. FRIJNS (NL) 16
14. M. ENGEL (D) 15
15. A. DA COSTA (P) 10
16. J. D'AMBROSIO (D) 10
17. L. DUVAL (F) 9
18. E. GUTIERREZ (MEX) 5
19. A. CARROLL (GB) 4
20. T. DILLMANN (F) 4
21. S. SARRAZIN (F) 2
22. M. CONWAY (GB) 0
23. Q. MA (CN) 0
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Daniel Abt rocks Radio Energy
From zero to 100 in one minute: a visit to the morning show broadcast by Radio Energy Berlin woke up Daniel Abt with a start on Thursday morning. The racing driver messed about for an hour live on air with presenters Nick, Gregor and Sarah, competed in games against listeners and promoted the two Formula E races in Tempelhof.
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Hidden talents
During an excursion to Kreuzberg, Daniel Abt revealed unexpected talents at skateboarding: for the show ‘Supercharged’ aired by international TV channel CNN. The German first tested an electric board, before then showing off a few tricks on camera on the normal board. The program will be broadcast on next weekend.
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Premiere at half-way stage
For the first time this year, Formula E staged a so-called double-header, meaning two identical race days on Saturday and Sunday. Including extra points for pole position and the fastest race lap a total of 58 points are up for grabs in Berlin. At the two remaining weekends in New York (15/16 July) and Montreal (29/30 July) two races will also be held at each venue. The second half of the season has begun in Berlin with the seventh of twelve races.
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New design details
The race cars of Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi sport new design details from this weekend: the start numbers on the rear body are a little larger, and the drivers’ initials (ABT and DIG) are clearly visible on the air box. Another innovation: as a visual sign of the increasing commitment from Audi in Formula E, the four rings grace the nose of the ABT Schaeffler FE02 with immediate effect.
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Party with Schaeffler
This caused a stir. More than 400 employees from Schaeffler visited Tempelhof on Saturday and cheered on their two drivers enthusiastically. The grandstand, covered in caps, flags and T-shirts, was the eye-catcher of the first race day and was impressive support for Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi.
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Visiting Audi City
A good start to the weekend: Audi provided the entertainment on Friday evening at the Audi City on the Kurfürstendamm. Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, Team Principal Hans-Jürgen Abt, Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass and Formula E boss Alejandro Agag were all present. They chatted about the two races in Tempelhof to the more than 100 guests in a casual interview session.
Turning heads
The ABT SQ7 is predestined for making an impression. The high-class SUV underlined this in a video production that was honoured with the Grand Award at the World Media Festival.
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The ABT SQ7 is predestined for making an impression. The high-class SUV underlined this in a video production that was honoured with the Grand Award at the World Media Festival.

The ABT SQ7 combines dynamism and luxury like hardly any other SUV. Instead of the production-standard 435 hp (320 kW) the version from the Allgäu delivers 520 hp (382 KW). The monumental torque of the four-wheel drive reaches 970 Nm, which is a full 70 Nm more than the V8 TDI factory model. The sports suspension with a 35-mm wheel track extension and the ABT Level Control with which the SQ7 hugs the asphalt up to 20 millimetres closer, combined with 22-inch wheels and 22-inch tyres, ensure a crisp ride. Fender inserts and ABT Sound Control provide extra optical and acoustic charms.
But there are still customers who want more. For their need, the manufacturing department ABT individual is all ears and provides the right ideas. ABT Indvidual’s exclusive materials, tailor-made to meet the needs of exceptional drivers, are created with the finest materials, lots of dedication and the utmost precision. How the ABT SQ7 becomes such a unique piece is shown by the award-winning film at the World Media Festival.

The 2m 40s clip was produced by NCP, Kempten-based agency. And it was not the first ABT video with which the filmmakers from the Allgäu have made a strong impression at international competitions. With the recent success at the World Media Festival, an award went to the Allgäu Alliance of NCP and ABT for the twelfth time.

Schaeffler is shaping mobility for tomorrow
For the worldwide leading technology corporation Schaeffler, Formula E is the perfect stage.
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For the worldwide leading technology corporation Schaeffler, Formula E is the perfect stage. Prof. Peter Gutzmer, the CTO at Schaeffler and the man responsible for the involvement in Formula E, says “everything to do with electro-mobility, including hybrid solutions and pure electric driving, will significantly influence the future – especially in the big metropolises of the world. For years, Schaeffler has been offering solutions and concepts for the mobility for tomorrow. Formula E is a key commitment for us and it’s ideal for our company and our engineers.”

Schaeffler, together with ABT Sportsline, is responsible for the entire powertrain – i.e. the electric motor and transmission with the rear chassis including the software and cabling. After the premiere season when the entire starter field consisted of identical cars, the regulators allowed the individual configuration and production of the powertrain for the second season. This is exactly the area in which Schaeffler’s technology expertise comes in use for the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team. In addition, the team has a free hand with rims, dampers and with the design and geometry of the suspension on the rear axle, as well as the enormously important software for the powertrain.
Schaeffler is known as a leader in innovation with a variety of technologies that make cars more economical, more environmentally friendly and safer, as well as with products for railways, airplanes, wind power turbines and for many other industrial sectors. Schaeffler is present wherever anything moves. And movement also means mobility. The challenges of mobility of the future are great. That is why Schaeffler has committed itself to the integral strategy concept ‘mobility for tomorrow’ in order to find sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s world.

A spectacular mark against climate change
With an unprecedented event, Formula E, Schaeffler and Lucas di Grassi have set a mark against global warming. The Brazilian drove a few laps on a glacier in Greenland in his Formula E car.

“Global warming is an issue that affects us. Electro-mobility can and will continue to play an important role in the fight against climate change in the future,” says CTO Prof. Peter Gutzmer. “We see Formula E with its innovations and new ideas as a driving force for the mobility of the future, and that’s why we are happy to support this spectacular action.”
In cooperation with the Greenland government, environmental activists and other partners such as the Prince Albert Foundation and the University of Southampton, the event was planned long-term and carefully, and implemented with the least possible expenditure. The project resulted in some impressive images, worldwide interest with around three million views on YouTube alone, as well as a 48-minute documentary, which was shown at the race in Marrakesh at the same time as the international climate conference ‘COP22’.

“The area in Greenland is such a peaceful place. I was frightened to see how the landscape was changing through global warming,” says Lucas di Grassi. “This experience gives me a whole new perspective of what kind of challenges lie ahead of us and what contribution Formula E can make.”
Next stop: New York
The Formula E heads to the finish line: On 15 and 16 July, the series will carry out its next two races in New York in front of the Manhattan skyline. Once again, the fans experience two identical races on Saturday and Sunday.
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