Daniel Abt dominated the Berlin E-Prix, leading the first ever Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler one-two for his second win of the season.
Abt was untouchable from pole, and finished the lengthy 45 lap race with a 6.7 second buffer over team-mate Lucas di Grassi. The German also took fastest lap.
The poleman was under investigation, and was ultimately cleared, for a power mode infringement in qualifying, and made a perfect start to lead unchallenged into Turn 1.
He extended that gap through the two stints, as second place changed from NIO’s front-row starter Oliver Turvey to the eventual position holder of di Grassi.
It was the fourth straight second place for di Grassi, who fluffed his Super Pole lap in qualifying but composed in the race, passing Dragon’s Jerome d’Ambrosio and then overtaking rivals Sebastien Buemi and Jean-Eric Vergne in the space of a lap to move into second.
A hold-up in the pits for Abt meant di Grassi was on the tail of his team-mate after the pitstops, but the Brazilian had no answer to the pace of the leader.
Vergne extended his championship lead in third, with main rival Sam Bird finishing seventh off the back of a 10th place start.
Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist had another unfulfilling race, dropping from sixth to the mid-teens at the start after going wide at the first corner, then only battling back up to 11th.
Both drivers retain their positions in the standings as Vergne’s closest challengers, but it is Abt who now sits behind them, just one point off Rosenqvist.
Fourth in the race and fifth in the standings is Renault e.dams’s Buemi, whose intense battle for position with Techeetah driver Vergne looked to have been sorted in the former’s favour during the pitstops.
Buemi then went chasing down Turvey, but was that battle that allowed Vergne past both. Turvey did at least finish fifth, his second best result of the season.
Mitch Evans was the lead Jaguar for the fourth successive race in sixth, ahead of DS Virgin Racing’s Bird and the German trio of Maro Engel (Venturi), Andre Lotterer (Techeetah) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra).
All three started outside of the top 10, although it was Lotterer who did the most impressive job, salvaging two points out of an 18th place start and a 10-second penalty as the result of his late-race clash in Paris.
D’Ambrosio made a brilliant start to the race, challenging for second into Turn 1, but sank to 19th, behind all but championship returnee Stephane Sarrazin at Andretti.
Tom Dillmann did a more impressive job for Venturi, having also been absent from the FE paddock since last season, fighting for the final point before making a mistake while trying to pass Jaguar’s Nelson Piquet Jr. He ended the race in 13th.