Formula E

Records, curiosities & 362 overtaking maneuvers: The best statistics on Formula E in Berlin-Tempelhof

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

There were more overtaking maneuvers at the Berlin E-Prix 2023 than ever before at a Formula E weekend: The electric racing series counted a total of 362 position changes in 83 race laps. In terms of sport, the Jaguar cars shone above all in the end, even though Maximilian Günther, a German, was also on the podium. The "double-header" in Tempelhof, however, produced some more interesting statistics, milestones and curiosities.

  • Sebastien Buemi secured his 16th pole position in Formula E on Saturday - a record! Envision thus became the first team to score the first grid position twice this season. Thanks to the three pole points as well as 4th place, Buemi is now the most successful driver in Berlin: the Swiss driver scored a total of 173 points in 18 races - two points more than his old rival Lucas di Grassi.
  • Robin Frijns finally gave his ABT Cupra team its first championship points in 2023 with his second career pole. For ABT, it was the sixth pole position overall in Formula E and the first since 2018, when Daniel Abt - also at the Berlin E-Prix - was on the first grid position. With ABT, seven different teams have now started from pole at least once this season.
  • Max Günther scored his fifth Formula E podium at his home race. For the first time since the 2021 New York City E-Prix, he was allowed to participate in the podium ceremony - at that time still for BMW. It was Günther's first third place in Formula E. At the same time, it was the first points for the German since the 2022 London E-Prix, where he had competed for Nissan.
  • Jaguar celebrated its first one-two in Formula E on Saturday, with Techeetah, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche having previously finished a race in first and second positions. Mitch Evans won his eighth Formula E race. After Pascal Wehrlein, he is thus the second driver to win twice this season. Just like Wehrlein, Evans also won two races in a row. The "Kiwi" is also a Berlin expert: He was the only driver to finish in the points in the last four Tempelhof races.
  • Daniel Ticktum turned the first leading laps for Nio 333 in more than five years on Saturday. The last time Oliver Turvey led the Formula E field was at the 2018 Mexico City E-Prix. This was preceded by a strong qualifying session: for the first time ever, both Nio drivers reached the duel stage of qualifying.

Qualifying comparison of Formula E teammates (season)

Team Driver 1 Stand Driver 2
Neom McLaren
Hughes 6 : 2 Rast
Maserati MSG Racing Günther 3 : 5 Mortara
Jaguar TCS Racing
Evans 6 : 2 Bird
Envision Racing Buemi 6 : 2 Cassidy
Avalanche Andretti
Dennis 8 : 0 Lotterer
TAG Heuer Porsche Felix da Costa 1 : 7 Wehrlein
Mahindra Racing di Grassi 3 : 4 Rowland
Nissan Nato 3 : 5 Fenestraz
Nio 333 Racing
Sette Camara 2 : 6 Ticktum
DS Penske Vandoorne 3 : 5 Vergne
ABT Cupra
Frijns 1 : 3 Müller
van der Linde 2 : 1

Since both Mahindra and ABT Cupra drivers did not participate in qualifying in Cape Town, no point was awarded here.

Average qualifying result (season)

The most consistent driver in qualifying so far has been Sebastien Buemi: the Envision driver has reached the duel stage seven times in the first eight races of the season, giving him an average grid position of 4.9. Close behind is Mitch Evans, who averaged a starting position of 5.0. He is followed by a gap to Sam Bird (8.4) and tied Nick Cassidy, Jake Dennis and Jean-Eric Vergne (8.8 each).

The worst regular driver in qualifying is Norman Nato (16.0), but he is just behind Nico Müller (15.9), Robin Frijns and Andre Lotterer (15.5 each). However, Kelvin van der Linde, who has only contested three qualifying sessions this season, is significantly worse with an average of 20.7.

Average race result (season)

The most consistent driver during the races this season has been Nick Cassidy. He finished in an average position of 5.1, with world championship leader Pascal Wehrlein behind him in an average position of 5.6. Jean-Eric Vergne (6.6) is third, as in the WRC standings. He is followed by Mitch Evans (7.9), Antonio Felix da Costa (8.5), Sebastien Buemi (8.8) and Jake Dennis (9.3).

At the back of the field is Robin Frijns with a 16.8 behind his teammate Nico Müller (15.7) and Edo Mortara (15.5). Here, too, ABT Cupra substitute driver van der Linde has fared even worse, with a position of 18.7 after his three race starts.

Position changes (Berlin E-Prix)

With a total of 20 positions gained, Max Günther was the one to advance the most in Berlin. After gaining five positions on Saturday, he improved by a full 15 places on Sunday. Behind him were Sacha Fenestraz with 15 and Lucas di Grassi with ten places. Unlike Günther, however, neither of them managed to finish in the points in the races. Mitch Evans, Norman Nato, Oliver Rowland (9 each), Nick Cassidy and Pascal Wehrlein (8 each) also gained significant positions in the races. At the bottom of the statistics is Sebastien Buemi, who twice started far from the front, with 20 lost positions. But Stoffel Vandoorne (-17) and Jake Hughes (-14) have also lost double-digit positions overall.

Race laps completed (season)

After the eighth race of the season, a total of five drivers have still completed all 303 race laps. Antonio Felix da Costa and Stoffel Vandoorne, who had completed all laps up to Sao Paulo, are no longer counted among them after Saturday's race in Berlin.

Leading Rounds (Season)

In Berlin, many drivers collected leading laps. For Robin Frijns, Edo Mortara, Nico Müller and Dan Ticktum there were the first leading laps of the 2023 season. After the Berlin E-Prix, Nick Cassidy has the most leading laps, ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, and behind them Mitch Evans was able to equal Jake Dennis.

Summarized under "others" are: Stoffel Vandoorne (13), Lucas di Grassi (11), Maximilian Günther (9), Antonio Felix da Costa (8), Rene Rast (7), Dan Ticktum (6), Robin Frijns (3), Nico Müller (3), Edoardo Mortara (2), Sacha Fenestraz (1), Jake Hughes (1).

Performance analysis of drivers & teams (Berlin E-Prix)

The winner of our performance analysis for the Berlin E-Prix is Max Günther. In the 2nd free practice session, the Maserati driver set the fastest time of the weekend (1:05.301 minutes). He is followed almost equally by Stoffel Vandoorne (1:05.393) and Sebastien Buemi (1:05.414). Behind them are Sam Bird (1:05.535), Nick Cassidy (1:05.556) and Dan Ticktum (1:05.592). At the back of the field are Robin Frijns (1:06.494) and Oliver Rowland (1:06.889), who were the only drivers more than a second off the fastest time.

Due to rain on Sunday, 19 of the drivers set their best lap time on Saturday, with only Mortara, Frijns and Rowland setting their best time in the 1st Free Practice session on Friday. While Vandoorne, Buemi, Bird and Ticktum set their best lap times in qualifying on Saturday, Günther and Cassidy achieved their best time in 2nd Free Practice.

For the teams, that means the fastest car to a lap was Maserati Tipo Folgore ahead of DS and Envision's customer Jaguar. It is followed by the factory Jaguar ahead of the Nio 333, the factory Porsche and the Andretti customer Porsche. Behind them are Mahindra and McLaren's customer Nissan, before the factory Nissan follows. The slowest car in Germany, on the other hand, was ABT Cupra's customer Mahindra.

For the manufacturers, this means adjusted: DS/Maserati >>> Jaguar >> Nio 333 >>> Porsche >> Mahindra >> Nissan

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Gap to the leader (Berlin E-Prix)

In this section we have shown how the gaps between the top 5 drivers and the leaders have developed over the course of the race. We have not taken into account any penalties imposed subsequently.

Saturday

Sunday

Hovering the mouse cursor over one of the data points on the graphs will show you the exact gap of the driver in the selected lap.

Lap Time Analysis (Berlin E-Prix)

In this section you can see how the lap times of the individual drivers have developed in the race. To compensate for individual outliers, we always calculate the average value over three laps. Since the laps behind the safety car very much distort the picture and also have no meaningfulness, we "truncated" the graphic in Saturday's race in Berlin: We only present the data from lap 24 onwards.

Saturday

It's noticeable that race winner Mitch Evans initially slowed and conserved energy after the final safety car period - he was even the slowest driver in the entire field on lap 29. The two Envision drivers picked up the pace too quickly, which took its toll on Sebastien Buemi in particular in the final two laps, where he dropped back to fourth position. But also the big time loss of the two ABT Cupra drivers, who had to save energy in the last laps, is clearly visible.

Sunday

On Sunday, when there was neither a safety car nor a full-course yellow, it is striking how slow the pace was in the first two thirds of the race. In particular, around lap 15, lap 20 and lap 23, times were several seconds slower than towards the end of the race, when almost all drivers were able to give full power thanks to the energy they had previously saved.

The "general slowdown" around lap 15 and lap 23 was used by Max Günther to push well ahead: The Maserati driver gained five positions around lap 15 and as many as seven around lap 23! Sam Bird, who had lost a lot of time during a pit stop shortly before and was therefore running without any immediate competitors in front of or behind him, drove the fastest laps in the entire field at that time.

Robin Frijns had to let feathers towards the end of the race, with him the drop in pace was most obvious. But several other drivers also had to save energy in the final laps. The pace of Jake Hughes dropped already ten laps before the end of the race very much.

Note: If you hover over one of the data points on the graphs, you will see the name of the driver and the averaged lap time of the driver on the selected lap. In addition, the driver's entire graph will be highlighted. You can also achieve the same by hovering over the driver's name in the legend.

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