11:26 – Mercedes Formula E drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries are delighted with their 1-2 victory in the last E-Prix of the FE season. It was the first victory in the electric class for both Vandoorne and Mercedes.
For ex-McLaren driver Vandoorne it was a perfect race on the Tempelhof circuit in Berlin. The 28-year-old Belgian started from pole position and kept the lead throughout the race. He only temporarily relinquished the lead to activate his mandatory Attack Mode, but immediately took back first place.
That pole was very important, as Vandoorne was only able to start within the top 10 in the Berlin season final with six races at the Tempelhof airport. “In Berlin I had a lot of trouble getting the perfect lap together, something I used to be very good at. That was frustrating,” said Vandoorne. “I had a lot of self-confidence in the race, we showed earlier that we were able to put in good results. It may have looked easy, but it was certainly hard work.”
It was also a beautiful day for Nyck de Vries. The Dutchman has already qualified in the top-six seven times this season, but there was no podium. Once he came third over the line, but then a time penalty put him back a few places. So now it is finally hit. “It is such a relief, a weight is off my shoulders”, the Frisian shines. “We’ve been so close to the podium so many times, but it always wasn’t supposed to be. To do a race like that on the last day feels really good. In the end I didn’t even use all my energy, but I still ran. in on Stoffel. ”
The Mercedes team was fifth in the championship for teams for the corona break, after six races in Berlin the Germans have moved up to third place. Vandoorne also moved to second place in the final ranking with his first victory after the dominant champion Antonio Felix da Costa of DS Techeetah.