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Abt leads an Audi 1-2 in Berlin

Daniel Abt led an Audi 1-2 at the team’s home race in Berlin as championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne extends his lead at the top of the order.

The German took a lights to flag victory in front of his home crowds with a faultless drive at Tempelhof.

Abt built a strong gap to the rest of the field in the first stint, as team-mate Lucas di Grassi climbed up from fifth on the grid. Oliver Turvey, who had started second, put up a good defence to the reigning champion, but fell behind Di Grassi just before the pit stop window.

Di Grassi was able to close the gap to his team-mate in the pits as Abt was held up by Sebastien Buemi. The pair left the pit lane running nose to tail and Audi promised no team orders, just clean racing. But Di Grassi couldn’t put up a strong challenge to Abt and Abt finished 6.758s ahead of his team-mate.

Vergne completed the podium after a race long battle with Buemi. The pair made contact at one point as Vergne made a move up the inside of the Renault e.dams driver, but Buemi retook the position in the pits.

They continued to fight in the second stint, both managing to pass Turvey when the NIO driver locked up and ran slightly wide.

Vergne forced his way back through to third in the closing stages of the race, eventually finishing more than four seconds ahead of Buemi.

Turvey took fifth, ahead of Mitch Evans and Sam Bird, both of whom had enjoyed strong drives up through the field.

Maro Engel and Andre Lotterer took eighth and ninth ahead of a tough battle for the final points paying position.

Tom Dillmann had managed a fantastic drive in the first stint and the early part of the second stint and was trying to find a way past Jose Maria Lopez for ninth in the closing stages of the race. The battle allowed Nelson Piquet Jnr and the Mahindras to close onto the back of Dillmann.

Piquet found a way past the rookie to move into the points paying position before a wide moment for Dillmann allowed the Mahindras through.

Next in Piquet’s sights was Lopez. Piquet looked as if he might make a move at the hairpin before both drivers ran wide and dropped down the order.

Lopez then span a few corners later, falling even further back.

The incidents allowed Nick Heidfeld to take the final points paying position, ahead of Felix Rosenqvist, Piquet, and Dillmann, while Lopez dropped back to 18th.

1DanielABT45 laps
2LucasDI GRASSI6.758
15Antonio FelixDA COSTA52.715
18José MariaLOPEZ53.611

Bethonie Waring

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