In its more than one hundred years of existence, Tempelhof was a direct witness to the most important moments in modern German history as one of the three Berlin airports. For a few years, what has been happening behind its imposing main structure with touches of rust that reflect its age, are battles between electric cars. And the first of the Formula E weekend saw Mortara win with the Venturi attacking better than anyone from pole and the fight between Vandoorne and Vergne for the World Cup getting even tighter.
Lately, electric races follow a fairly established script, clearly differentiated into two parts. A first in which overtaking is limited and energy management prevails, and another in which hostilities begin when the attack mode it comes into play, fortunately, soon. Neither the sinuous and narrow curves that always have to be drawn carefully at Tempelhof, changed that at the start. Maximum respect and no friction. Mortara kept his pole without problems and only Sims, second from the start, gave ground from above.
The two formed a group of six with the entire DS Techeetah and Porsche forces in the lead as attack strategies began. As his pursuers passed through the activation zone to launch the first offensive from behind, Mortara kept the pace and calm until he saw that there was only him left to do it, and once used the first attack mode he only lost position with Lotterer and momentarily, because he easily brushed him off down the main straight.
With the first challenge overcome, the Swiss had the second left, and that was not going to be so easy with a guest who would break down the door coming from behind, neither more nor less than Vandoorne. The leader started eighth and was gaining positions with the Mercedes that next year will be McLaren until leading the race. little time, because Mortara was again the last to ‘attack’ and that gave him an advantage to cross the finish line first while Vergne overtook Stoffel to take second and stay within three points of being the leader.