Jérémy’s Notebook: 2022 Berlin E-Prix

The Berlin E-Prix has been present on the Formula E calendar since Season 1, and after hosting 14 events to date, is the series’ most raced in city. With three victories in the German capital, ROKiT Venturi Racing Chief Engineer and 2021 Formula E Engineer of the Year, Jérémy Colançon, provides the inside line on the unique nature of Tempelhof.

Two Circuits, One Weekend – Racing on two circuit layouts on one weekend is unique to Formula E and means that we have double the work to prepare and analyse strategy and setup options. Because the two configurations are similar, however, the data we collect from Race One will still provide a good level of insight for Race Two. The layouts also haven’t changed since last season so we already have some good historic data to work from.

Energy Sensitivity – Berlin is one of the most energy sensitive tracks on the Season 8 calendar and as a result, energy management is extremely important. There are a high number of heavy braking zones on both configurations to recover energy but saving energy is vital in the high-speed sections. It is important to lift and coast on the straight into Turn One, into Turn Six, Turn Nine and Turn 10 on the anti-clockwise track. On the clockwise version, there are fewer places but the main areas are Turn One, before Turn Four and Turn Six.

Attack Mode – Attack Mode will play a key part in race strategy on Saturday and Sunday. Berlin is quite a bit different to Monaco and we anticipate that it will be much easier to overtake with the extra power. Depending upon the layout, the activation point is in Turn Five or Turn Six and this can be quite challenging because it is on the outside of the corner. The time loss here can be quite high so it will be important to take Attack Mode at the right time without sacrificing track position.

Overtaking– Tempelhof is a very wide circuit and this means that there are many open corners and places to overtake on both configurations. The Attack Mode activation point in Turns Five and Six will be a hive of activity in both races and Turns One and Nine are also key areas to overtake. Because the circuit’s surface is quite abrasive, tyre management will be an additional factor to consider during the race and it will be important to manage temperatures to maintain good minimum speeds through the corners.

Safety Cars – There is a medium chance of a Full Course Yellow or Safety Car period in Berlin. While accidents can be common, there are a lot of service roads which means that damaged cars can easily be removed, unlike other street circuits.