How we won the 2022 Berlin E-Prix

After falling shy of the World Drivers’ Championship title at the 2021 Berlin E-Prix, Edoardo Mortara was seeking redemption when Formula E returned to the German capital in Season 8.

As soon as the Swiss-Italian took to the track, he was on a roll and what followed was one of the most dominant performances in Formula E history.

But how did Edo tame Tempelhof to secure his first career pole position and ultimately, fend off motorsport’s most competitive and closely contested field to taste victory?

We’ve delved deep into our insights to create a data-driven, lap-by-lap guide to answer one question: How did we win the 2022 Berlin E-Prix?

FP1 – After turning a total of 22 laps in the weekend’s first 30 minutes of running, Edo produces a 1:30.659 lap at 250kW to classify fourth overall, only 0.089 seconds shy of pacesetter Oliver Rowland.

FP2 – Edo adds a further 16 laps to his 22-lap tally from FP1. He posts the fastest time using 220kW of power and the second-fastest lap in 250kW to close the session with a personal best 1:05.993 lap.

Group A – Lying fifth in the World Drivers’ Championship, Edo launches his initial qualifying efforts from Group A. With a late improvement to a 1:06.900, he slots into third at the close of the session to advance through to the duel stages.

Quarter-Final Three – Edo faces André Lotterer in his first head-to-head of the morning. In one of Formula E’s closest duels, he pips to the Porsche driver by only 0.008 seconds, with his 1:05.954 run securing him a place in the Semi-Finals.

Semi-Final Two – In the penultimate stage of qualifying, Edo enters battle with Season 6 champion, Antonio Felix da Costa. He edges ahead of the Portuguese racer over the course of the lap to advance to the finals by 0.085 seconds.

Final – Edo goes up against Alexander Sims in the pole position shootout. The pair are closely matched in Sectors One and Two but a rapid final sector allows Edo to edge ahead. By beating the Mahindra driver by 0.137 seconds, he takes his first Formula E pole position and ROKiT Venturi Racing’s first since the 2015 London E-Prix, 2,512 days earlier.

Lap One – Lining up on the front row of the grid for the third time in seven races, Edo secures the perfect launch to lead into Turn One. By posting a 1:13.890 lap, he opens an early lead over Sims by 0.890 seconds before setting into a rhythm and meeting energy targets.

Lap Four – Da Costa overtakes Sims to become Edo’s closest challenger. The DS Techeetah driver closes the gap to sit a mere 0.534 seconds adrift of the lead.

Lap Nine – Edo builds upon his existing gap over the chasing pack to open a 0.915 second buffer – his largest advantage of the race so far.

Lap 20 – Edo activates his first of two uses of Attack Mode to obtain a 30kW power boost for a four-minute period. Losing 1.332 seconds upon activation, he slips to second place, with Lotterer taking the lead. Only 0.090 seconds separate the pair at the line.

Lap 21 – Edo extracts the most out of his power advantage to sail past Lotterer to retake the lead into Turn One. He converts his previous deficit into a 0.692 second advantage.

Lap 23 – By posting a 1:08.848 lap, Edo breaks the one-second barrier for the first time in the race to now sit 1.103 seconds ahead of Lotterer.

Lap 24 – Edo’s first Attack Mode expires and he returns to 220kW of power.

Lap 31 – Utilising the overcut strategy, Edo activates his final use of Attack Mode to offset his power advantage on the chasing pack. He rejoins the race in third place, with Lotterer and Stoffel Vandoorne moving ahead.

Lap 32 – Edo overtakes Lotterer into Turn Six to ascend to second place. He sets out to pursue Vandoorne who lies 0.402 seconds further up the road.

Lap 33 – Edo closes in on Vandoorne and passes the Belgian on the inside of Turn Six. He takes control of the race again, with the countdown clock ticking ever-closer to zero.

Lap 34 – Edo takes advantage of clean air to post his fastest lap of the race, a 1:08.348. His advantage sits at 0.799 seconds.

Lap 35 – Edo’s second Attack Mode expires.

Lap 39 – By producing a 1:09.178 run, Edo builds his lead to 1.473 seconds at the close of the penultimate lap of the race.

Lap 40 – Edo takes the chequered flag to secure his fourth victory in the FIA Formula E World Championship and ROKiT Venturi Racing’s fifth win to date. He beats Jean-Eric Vergne to the top step of the podium by 1.782 seconds and renews his championship challenge, ascending to fourth in the standings.