Edoardo Mortara Wins First Formula E Race in Berlin as Vergne Settles For Second

BERLIN TEMPELHOF AIRPORT, GERMANY – MAY 14: Edoardo Mortara (CHE), ROKiT Venturi Racing, 1st position, celebrates on the podium during the Berlin ePrix I at Berlin Tempelhof Airport on Saturday May 14, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)

Edoarto Mortara started from pole and went on to win the first of two Formula E races in Berlin on Saturday, but it was far from an easy victory. The ROKiT Venturi Racing driver had to hold off Jean-Eric Vergne, who’s still hunting for his first win on the year.

The DS Techeeta driver showed how badly he wanted that win, as he put pressure on Mortara throughout every lap of the race. Mortara was ultimately able to win by a margin of 1.8 seconds after a big move by Vergne that didn’t pay off put him further behind in the closing laps.

“What a day!” gushed Mortara. “After the qualifying we were already very happy, but this race was amazing, very stressful because there were different strategies that I had to defend. In the end everything went alright, and I’m very happy.”

Of the late battle with Vergne, he said: “You have to ask him about what happened at the end! He tried to overtake me but I was kind of anticipating it, but luckily for me he couldn’t really stop at the apex of the corner, and I couldn’t pass him straight away, and I knew that he had spent a lot of energy so it would be difficult for him to pass me again.”

BERLIN TEMPELHOF AIRPORT, GERMANY – MAY 13: Edoardo Mortara (CHE), ROKiT Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02 during the Berlin ePrix I at Berlin Tempelhof Airport on Friday May 13, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sam Bagnall / LAT Images)

For his part, Vergne called it “a busy race,” referencing the high energy consumption around the Berlin Templehof circuit. “Lots happened and I am happy with second,” he added. “I tried to give it a go to Edo but I think his mirror was working quite well so he saw he coming. I still had to try, I was not just going to sit behind and be happy with second so I had to try something.”

Echoing his sentiment going into the weekend, he said: “hopefully we can finally win a race this year. But its okay, we are going to learn from this race and move on until tomorrow.”

Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the podium. After being shuffled down to a low of twelfth in the early laps of the race, the Mercedes driver said he was “a bit surprised” to even be on the podium.

“I did not have the best opening lap,” he said, “I lost so many places. But I kept my cool, felt immediately there was pace in the car, so I could really use that today and get efficient overtaking done. The team did well with the strategy, I managed to execute it, and recover my poor performance in lap one.”

Formula E returns to the Templehof airport track in Berlin on Sunday for the second race of the doubleheader.

Pos. Driver Team Grid Pos. Time/Gap Points
1 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing 1P 46:16.175 28
2 Jean-Éric Vergne DS TECHEETAH 4 +1.782 18
3 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team 8 +1.987 15
4 André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team 5 +2.579 12
5 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing 9 +3.189 10
6 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team 6 +5.405 9
7 Sam Bird Jaguar TCS Racing 15 +5.683 6
8 António Félix Da Costa DS TECHEETAH 3 +6.400 4
9 Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing 2 +6.569 2
10 Nyck De Vries Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team 12 +6.602 1
11 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing 17 +8.141 0
12 Robin Frijns Envision Racing 20 +9.879 0
13 Jake Dennis Avalanche Andretti Formula E 11 +13.314 0
14 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams 10 +15.275 0
15 Oliver Askew Avalanche Andretti Formula E 22 +22.071 0
16 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 FE Team 14 +22.662 0
17 Sérgio Sette Câmara DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT 7 +24.120 0
18 Maximilian Günther Nissan e.Dams 16 +28.716 0
19 Dan Ticktum NIO 333 FE Team 21 +30.393 0
20 Antonio Giovinazzi DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT 18 +52.025 0
DNF Lucas Di Grassi ROKiT Venturi Racing 13 DNF 0
DNF Nick Cassidy Envision Racing 19 DNF 0
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