Round 14, Saturday:
Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team faced an early setback in the fourteenth round of racing at the Berlin E-Prix. In Group 3 of qualifying, Stoffel Vandoorne struggled with his tyre temperature and battled to maintain grip on track, ultimately placing him in 22nd on the starting grid. Despite starting from the back, Stoffel managed to make up ten positions in the race and fought his way to finish just outside the points in P12.
Nyck was in Group 1 for qualifying and congestion on his lap meant he started the 38-lap race in 19th on the grid. He was able to move up several places throughout the first part of the race, edging in on a top ten finish, but an unfortunate tyre puncture forced him into a pit stop and dropped him back down the order to P22 where he finished the race. Despite the setback, Nyck still led the drivers’ standings going into the final Round 15.
Round 15, Sunday:
The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team were in fifth place heading into the final round of Season 7, with 13 points separating the Team from the lead. A strong qualifying session from Stoffel secured him his fifth Formula E pole position, and the third of the current season, meaning he has started from P1 on the grid more times than any of the other current drivers. Early red flags in the race led to 30 minutes of delays, with the action restarting behind a safety car. Stoffel was able to lead the race for the first few laps, but a dramatic battle with the strategical use of Attack Mode saw him finish the race on the podium in P3.
Nyck was in Group 1 for qualifying and began in 13th on the grid but he fought his way up the field to finish the race in P8, gaining crucial points for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. As a result, Nyck won the Drivers’ Championship with a seven-point margin to second place, his first-ever FE world Championship title, and the youngest driver to ever achieve this merit in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Stoffel finished the season in ninth place, seventeen points behind his teammate.
Powered by Vestas, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team are ABB FIA Formula E World Champions in their second season in the electric sport with 183 points.
Speaking after the intense season finale, Team Principal Ian James commented of the Team’s success: “It was phenomenal to see the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 achieve what we always knew was possible. It’s with a great deal of excitement that I now look forward to defending both titles in season 8.”
Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns next year with a double-header in Diriyah on the 28th and 29th January 2022.
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