Rosenqvist claims first Formula E win

Felix Rosenqvist broke his Formula E duck with a first race win after a convincing victory in Berlin.

In the first of two races in Germany this weekend, Rosenqvist surged past pole driver Lucas di Grassi just before the mid-race car swap, before pulling away from the Brazilian in the latter stages.

Di Grassi was able to cut into the championship lead of Sebastien Buemi, who finished fifth. However, the Swiss driver still boasts a 32-point advantage at the top.

It took no time for Mahindra’s Rosenqvist to jump into second spot after Jose Maria Lopez made a poor getaway from his place on the front row.

Di Grassi initially held a lead of more than two seconds, but Rosenqvist was able to chase him down and was on the Abt Audi Sport driver’s tail heading into the final lap before the car swap.

The Swedish driver passed Di Grassi on Turn One and then held the lead until the end of the race.

Di Grassi’s efforts to catch Rosenqvist never looked convincing and by the final laps, he had to hold off the challenge of Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld for second spot.

Heidfeld had to settle for third, with Lopez a distant fourth. Jean-Eric Vergne initially finished fifth, but was then hit by a five-second penalty for an unsafe release.

That saw Buemi move into fifth, while Vergne had to settle for ninth.

It was an impressive recovery from Buemi who started in ninth on the grid after struggling with the car during qualifying.

The drivers will compete again in a second race in Berlin on Sunday.