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Both BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers in the points at the team’s home Formula E race in Berlin.
25.05.2019 Press Release
BMW i Andretti Motorsport finished in the points with both its drivers for the first time this season in race ten of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. António Félix da Costa (POR), at the wheel of the BMW iFE.18, crossed the finish line fourth in the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium, having started the race from seventh place.
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Berlin. BMW i Andretti Motorsport finished in the points with
both its drivers for the first time this season in race ten of the
ABB FIA Formula E Championship. António Félix da Costa (POR), at the
wheel of the BMW iFE.18, crossed the finish line fourth in the BMW i
Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium, having started the race
from seventh place. His team-mate Alexander Sims (GBR) climbed from
eleventh on the grid to finish seventh and make it two BMW iFE.18
cars in the top ten. Victory went to Lucas di Grassi (Audi, BRA).
The large crowds at Tempelhof Airport were treated to an exciting race with many overtaking manoeuvres and battles. Both BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers managed to stay clear of any trouble and make up ground over the course of the race.
Félix da Costa now lies fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with 82 points, the gap to championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA) is 20 points. Sims is 16th with 24 points to his name. Formula E returns to action on 22nd June 2019 in Bern (SUI).
Reactions to the BMW i Berlin E-Prix:
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):
“On the whole, our home race was a highlight for us, although we
would obviously have liked to have taken a podium finish for the many
BMW fans here at Tempelhof Airport. António narrowly missed out on the
top three, however, he did score some valuable points again in fourth
place. After ten of the season’s 13 races, he is still in the thick of
the race for the drivers’ title. Alexander reacted well to his grid
penalty with an impressive and battling performance. Seventh place was
his just reward and meant both cars finished in the points.
Congratulations to Audi and Lucas di Grassi on their win. I think we
also put on a great show for Formula E fans away from the track. Our
BMW i Vision Experience, with many activities and exhibits regarding
the BMW Group’s innovative solutions for the future of mobility, was a
major attraction. The season now enters the finishing straight. We
want to perform well again in Bern and New York, then we’ll see where
we finish at the end of the season.”
Roger Griffiths (BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team Principal):
“BMW i is the title partner of this E-Prix and it is the home race
for BMW – as such, it was a special event for everyone in the team,
and one that we came into in a very determined mood. António scored
some good, solid points, which could still prove very important in the
championship. At the same time, it was obviously a fantastic race for
Alexander, who ended a long barren run with that result. We made a few
changes and took a slightly different approach to the race this time.
That paid dividends. Finishing with two cars in the points is very
good for the team. We now have a little time to prepare for Bern. We
will use that to ensure we travel to the final European race of the
season as well prepared as possible.”
António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18, qualifying result: 8th place, race result: 4th place, FANBOOST voting: 4th place, points: 82):
“Fourth place means a few valuable points for me. At the same time,
however, I have lost ground to other drivers. I was struggling with
understeer today. The car was very efficient, but I did not have the
perfect balance. Unfortunately, I was no longer able to match the pace
of the front-runners after the yellow phase. Fourth place was the best
I could manage.”
Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18, qualifying result: 6th place, race result: 7th place, FANBOOST voting: 18th place, points: 24):
“This weekend was a step in the right direction for me, as you could
see in qualifying. Super Pole did not go ideally for us, and I had to
start the race from five place further down the grid due to the
penalty I picked up in Monaco. Despite that, I had a good first half
of the race. We had very good pace, particularly in the middle of the
race, and had plenty of energy at our disposal until the yellow phase
wiped out the differences in energy reserves. This is the first time
this season that António and I have both finished in the points, which
is good for the team.”
The BMW i Support Vehicle Fleet.
BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5. Spearheading the fleet are two Safety Cars: The BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 2.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 46 g/km)*, which has been specially modified for use at the racetrack, and the BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car (combined fuel consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. The BMW i fleet also includes the BMW i3s (combined fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 14.3 kWh; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and the BMW 530e (combined fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)* in its role as “Medical Car”.
CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.
The values for fuel consumption, CO2 emission and energy
consumption shown were determined in the standardized test cycle
according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version
applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a
vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown
considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and
tires available on the selected model.
The values are already based on the test cycle according to the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to allow a comparison between vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and fromDeutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and under https://www.dat.de/co2/.