The British prevails over Stoffel Vandoorne and Daniel Abt
Wehrlein maintains the overall lead
Oliver Rowland —Nissan e.dams— won the fifth round of the virtual championship organized by Formula E to benefit UNICEF. The selected route was the virtual circuit of Berlin. The British pilot dominated the test from the equator taking advantage of the fight between Stoffel Vandoorne —Mercedes-Benz EQ— and Daniel Abt —Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E Team—.
The tournament is called ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge and is held on the rFactor 2 simulator platform. Each driver has one lap to classify and determine the order of the grid, the race is fifteen laps and after the first two starts the process of removing the last pilot. The starting grid was made up of all the drivers of the current real Formula E season.
The Pole was obtained by Vandoorne, the third in five appointments. The Belgian pilot was followed by Abt and Rowland. Championship leaders Pascal Wehrlein —Mahindra Racing— and Maximilian Günther —BMW Andretti Motorsport— ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
The start was clean, Abt and Rowland overtook Vandoorne at Turn 3, Günther followed suit with Wehrlein. In the back of the pack, Lucas di Grassi ran into Brendon Hartley and had to leave.
On lap 3, Wehrlein tried to overtake Günther, the two drivers touched, causing a spinning of the BMW driver and was delayed to seventh place. In the head, Vandoorne was placed second went to the hunting of Daniel Abt.
The fight between the leaders was wheel to wheel, lap 7 was the breakdown of the actions since Abt and Vandoorne began to overcome on several occasions until Rowland took advantage of a better line and took the lead. Vandoorne finished second and Abt third.
From lap 9 until the end of the race, the Nissan driver defended himself against attacks by the Mercedes driver. For third place on the podium, Abt held Wehrlein and Edoardo Mortara. The drivers eliminated in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge were di Grassi, Hartley, Sam Bird, Jerome D´Ambrosio, Jean-Éric Vergne, Ma Qing Hua, James Calado, Oliver Turvey, Alex Sims, Felipe Massa and Robin Frijns.
The checkered flag came on lap 15, Rowland won tight against a seasoned Vandoorne. Abt was able to defend his position and finished third. Behind them, Wehrlein, Mortara, Nico Müller, Günther, André Lotterer, Antonio Félix da Costa, Mitch Evans, Neel Jani and Sébastien Buemi qualified.
The general classification is led by Wehrlein, Vandoorne ranks second, displacing Gunther to third position. The next competition of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge will be next Saturday in a stage to be confirmed.
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