Berlin E-Prix | Race 2 | Good fortune for Da Costa as he wins race 2

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As the lights went green, both Andretti’s were side by side but Jaguar’s Nick Cassidy took the lead. . Jake Dennis kept it clean going into turn 1. It was a slow start for Vergne, who dropped down to P13 to conserve energy.

Just ahead of Vergne, there was contact between Norman Nato and Pascal Wehrlein, as the German driver was left very little room and touched the wall slightly.

Cassidy goes into one-minute Attack Mode and drops the lead, returning in third, putting Wehrlein in the lead. Wehrlein and Dennis both went for the attack mode, with Wehrlein holding the lead and Dennis dropping to fifth.

Not long after using his Attack Mode, Wehrlein goes for his second and last Attack Mode, using the remaining three minutes and returns in third. His teammate, Antonio Felix Da Costa took the lead from Wehrlein. Just like his teammate, after using his Attack Mode, Da Costa comes back in third, while Wehrlein and Cassidy swap for the lead.

There was some confusion for Cassidy, who took both Attack Modes and believed he ran the wrong strategy.

As the pack got more aggressive, there was light contact between Eduardo Mortara and Oliver Rowland, with Mortara losing a part of his front wing.

Just as lap 10 ended, Maximilian Günther had nowhere to go as he hit the back of the Andretti, deploying the safety car. It was another DNF for Günther in his home race.

The green flag was brought out in lap 15 with Da Costa taking the lead from Wehrlein. Mitch Evans watched closely but kept himself out of trouble.

Oliver Rowland did not come to make friends as he moved up eleven positions, making aggressive moves on Cassidy.

While the Porsches were neck and neck, Cassidy was back in the lead while Rowland was in fourth. Both DS Penskes looked nowhere as they sat in ninth and 11th in lap 17.

While Cassidy held the lead, Stoffel Vandoorne made a mistake and took Sacha Fenestraz with him. Vandoorne hits his brakes too late and gets into the inside of Fenestraz, who pushes up on two wheels and into Jean-Eric Vergne.

Nissan driver Rowland was given a warning for driving standards, as he crashed into Cassidy. Wehrlein was also pushed into the wall by an Andretti.

In lap 25, Nato and Fenestraz made big contact. The safety car was deployed as the Nissan was pinned into the wall.

Once the Nissan was removed from the track, the green flag was out and Da Costa took the lead in lap 29 with Rowland just behind the Porsche, happy with second.

Dennis and Wehrlein made contact as the German driver made the move to overtake. Dennis has shown anger at the move.

Evans still had an Attack Mode to activate but Da Costa stayed defending, as it could have been a big advantage for the Jaguar. There was close contact with Cassidy’s wing.

Jake Dennis’ wing was flung into the air, as things got rough between him and Wehrlein. Dennis went into the inside late as Wehrlein blocked him, damaging the front wing of the Andretti,

Meanwhile, Norman Nato was handed a 10-second penalty for his collision with Fenestraz.

Da Costa made a move for the lead, that sent Evans deep and snuck up on the inside of Evans at the hairpin.

With all the chaos happening at the front, NEOM McLaren reserve driver, Taylor Barnard passes Dennis, taking advantage of the wheel-to-wheel action with Jake Hughes. A bold move from Barnard!

The two Jaguars battled it out as Evans went into Attack Mode, sweeping the outside of Cassidy.

As the gap between Da Costa and the rest grew, he was able to calm down.

The battles behind Da Costa worked in his favour with him in the lead over 1.3s. The Jaguars were fighting for a third-place position with Cassidy ultimately taking P3 from Evans.

The final lap saw Cassidy and Rowland race it out as Cassidy was chasing after the lead Porsche. Both drivers were on 2% of energy.

Da Costa took the win after starting in tenth, bringing Porsche’s first home win as a team and manufacturer.

Rowland finished in second place after starting in 16th, scoring his second podium of the weekend and is up to third in the standings.

Although he was frustrated to miss out on back-to-back wins in Berlin, Nick Cassidy extended his lead in the championship.