11 Aug 20

Advantage Nissan in scramble for Teams' standings bragging rights

DS Techeetah reached an insurmountable points lead in the Teams' Championship at the weekend, but there's a whole host of outfits in the frame as the battle for Teams' bragging rights rages on into Rounds 10 and 11.

Despite the destination of top honours in the Teams' Championship being decided, with DS Techeetah putting that to bed at the weekend after a one-two in Round 9 - the earliest a team has secured the title, in fact - the scramble for second is set to be a tooth-and-nail scrap.

Scrap for second

Nissan e.dams is the favourite for second spot on 121 points.

A tactically astute performance in the second race of double-header number two from Berlin's Tempelhof Airport on the Traditional layout saw Sebastien Buemi come home third and Oliver Rowland fifth - with the Swiss pushing the DS Techeetah pair all the way to the chequered flag.

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BMW i Andretti Motorsport saw itself slip beneath the Japanese marque in the running following Max Guenther's DNF and Alex Sims' non-score.

Mercedes-Benz EQ, Envision Virgin Racing are the next-nearest names in the frame, with the four teams split by just 29 points, with 96 points in play.

Good, but could do better

“We’re proud of our team and drivers today,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan Global Motorsports Director. “Seb and Oli drove a great race to third and fifth and worked together to chase and attack the lead cars.

"With this solid haul of points we move up to second in the Teams' Championship, and we'll focus on securing that spot with two races to go this week.”

Volpe was happy with a strategy well employed and a good end result, as was Buemi, but the 2015/16 Formula E champion felt it could have been better still with good late pace in the car.

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"I was disappointed for Ollie (Rowland) at the end of the race," said Buemi. "We know how hard the level of competition is and we want to fight for second. I get the feeling that we could have done a little better."

The pair traded places late on in Round 9 as they set about Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa out front. During the swap, however, Rowland complained over team radio that Buemi missed his braking point into the hairpin and cost both time.

This allowed Mercedes-Benz EQ's Nyck de Vries to pass the Brit for fourth on the final lap, and prevented Buemi chasing the win.

"I saved a lot of energy behind Oliver and at some point I felt I needed to have a go. I felt we were in a better place than the DS guys. That call came quite late and I missed my braking point and lost my opportunity."

Catching up

The progress being made at Nissan e.dams is a source of pride for Buemi, who believes the team, forced into playing catch-up having seen its twin motor outlawed, has punched above its weight this year.

"Last year when we came with the twin motor, we knew it wouldn’t be ready for race one but the target for it was for the life of Gen2 – with its high potential paying off as time went on," explained the 31-year-old.

"When we finally got a handle on it, it was banned. So, we were very late compared to the rest given the resources we poured into that project. We’ve been on the back foot and had to catch up.

"The last three or four months helped us catch up and we’re getting there. We’ve done much better than expected in races but the qualifying gap is still the same. It’s a big gap but we’ll keep working hard."

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