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Da Costa and Wehrlein admit tactical mistakes: Reactive, not proactive

Porsche drivers Antonio Felix Da Costa and Pascal Wehrlein both revealed they made the mistake of not pushing earlier at the Berlin E-Prix

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Antonio Felix da Costa and Pascal Wehrlein both admitted they made a mistake by leaving their final charge to the front too late in the second Berlin E-Prix race.

The Porsche drivers were one-two during the middle of the race, but fell outside of the top three positions as they battled hard with Mitch Evans for fourth place.

Nick Cassidy held on to take the win from Jake Dennis and Jean-Eric Vergne, with Da Costa and Wehrlein finishing in fifth and seventh.

“We lost our race like just before the race went flat out because we missed the point where to pick up pace,” Wehrlein exclusively told Total-Motorsport.com.

“We were still saving a lot of energy and all of a sudden we went four cars wide into Turn 6.

“It’s a difficult one to understand so after analysing it will be easier. We saved so much energy in the first couple of laps that I was not surprised that it was almost flat out.”

Da Costa was an innocent bystander in Saturday’s race when he was taken out by Dennis, stating he was “p****d off”.

The 2020 Formula E champion is now 32 points behind Wehrlein, who leads the championship going into Monaco and backed up his teammate’s comments.

“We were reactive and not proactive,” explained Da Costa. “I put my hand up as well on that, I lost positions when I should have been making them and then right after that, when I was up on energy to everyone, the race became flat out and then it doesn’t really matter.

“I should have seen that coming to be honest. We need to improve a little bit on this type of strategies and make sure that we take these chances when they come because I think we could have won the race today.”

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiuhttps://total-motorsport.com/author/nigel-chiu/
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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