2020 Berlin ePrix III R8: Narrow victory for BMW's Max Gunther over Robin Frijns

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on August 9, 2020

German racer Maximilian Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) proved himself on his home turf as he successfully converted his second-place start into a stellar albeit close race victory over Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns. This is Gunther's second race victory of the season, after the Santiago ePrix. 

After two back-to-back episodes of sheer dominance by DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix Da Costa (#13), the third race of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E championship finale, at the Berlin Tempelhof, witnessed some nail-biting action as BMW's Max Gunther (#28) emerged victorious (+25 points) in one of the closest finishes in Formula E history.

2020 Berlin EPrix III Winner Maximilian Gunther

Behind Gunther by only half a car's length, Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns (#4) took home some valuable points as he crossed the chequered flag in second place (+18 points). While Gunther had started the race from second place, Frijn's result seems more impressive, given the fact that he started from sixth-place (P6 in Superpole) to finish second.

2020 Berlin EPrix III

Current championship leader Da Costa was pipped by his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne (#25) this time, with the latter joining Gunther and Frijns on the podium (15+4 points for Vergne). This is a welcome change for Vergne as he'd only scored a single point in the previous two races. This time, he gets four additional points for topping both qualifying & Superpole sessions. Da Costa, meanwhile, continues to dominate the leaderboard after his fourth-place finish in the third race of the Berlin ePrix finale.

2020 Berlin EPrix III Jean Eric Vergne Leads

Race three in Berlin started on a really strong note for Mahindra Racing as well, with both drivers Jerome d'Ambrosio (#64) and Alex Lynn (#94) making it to the Superpole session to secure third and fifth places on the grid, respectively. However, strategic errors during the race meant only a seventh-place finish for d'Ambrosio. Teammate Lynn, on the other hand, lacked the pace and therefore, crossed the finish line in 17th place.

2020 Berlin EPrix III Max Gunther

At the mid-way point in the Berlin championship finale, DS Techeetah's Da Costa sits atop the leaderboard with a comfortable lead of 68 points over Max Gunther (#28), who has shot up from ninth on the leaderboard to second after a single race! Gunther has 69 points under his belt. Eight points behind, Audi's Lucas Di Grassi (#11) sits in third place, with 61 points.

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2020 Berlin ePrix II R7 - Da Costa scores third consecutive Formula E victory

2020 Berlin ePrix I R6 - Antonio Felix Da Costa secures a dominant win, Mahindra Racing finish in top five

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