The revised track is shorter with seven fewer turns than the original circuit, which hosted a rather dull affair back in 2015. This changed layout aims to improve the racing, but the tricky airfield surface remains and is reported by teams to be both simultaneously slippery and abrasive which will give drivers and engineers some additional challenges this weekend.
Berlin is also the first double header of the season and the teams and drivers are sure to be extra anxious about reliability issues or crashing. The organisers have given the teams something else to think about by making the Sunday race two laps longer than the Saturday run, so there will be some serious number crunching required to work out two different energy strategies.
There has been a game of motor racing musical chairs since Paris. Esteban Gutierrez has headed over the pond to replace an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the American Indy Series. His vacant seat at TECHEETAH has been filled by Venturi veteran, Stephane Sarrazin. Tom Dillmann, who filled in for Sarrazin in Paris and scored four points, is expected to replace him (subject to the approval of the FIA Stewards).
Sebastien Buemi is flying high after taking points for pole position and victory last time out in Paris, just one week after doing the same in the magnificent Monaco setting. The French race was rather a chaotic one, which saw both of his championship rivals, Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne, crash out.
With three double-header events remaining, the reigning champion has extended his lead to 43 points ahead of di Grassi, whilst Vergne languishes down in fifth after failing to score any points from the last two races.
Buemi’s teammate, Nico Prost remains third in the championship, but has still failed to make it onto the podium this season.
Nick Heidfeld, in the Mahindra Racing car has finished on the podium in the last two rounds and is one of several drivers looking forward to their home event; the others being Daniel Abt, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Maro Engel, along with the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport team.
DS Virgin Racing driver, Jose Maria Lopez, will be flying high after recording his best result, having finished second in Paris. Whilst it is unlikely to propel him to a race win, another podium in Berlin may be worth a bet.
Don’t forget that this is a double header with two separate race winners. But it is difficult to bet against Buemi winning them both, especially as it would be very annoying to get the result the wrong way around.
- Sports.net's Top Tip: Sebastien Buemi (to win rounds 7 and 8)
Please note, odds may fluctuate.