DS Techeetah and Antonio Felix da Costa claimed the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E title in style as the team secured a 1-2 finish in the fourth race of the Berlin finale, with Jean-Eric Vergne claiming his first victory of the season.
Team DS Techeetah had a stellar run when the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E (FE) championship resumed in Berlin a few days back. While the defending champions already had a firm grip over this year's constructor's title, it is officially theirs now as the team secured a solid 1-2 finish in Race 4 (R9) of the Berlin finale.
With two races still left, DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix Da Costa (#13) has also claimed the driver's championship title and is officially the 2019/20 Formula E champion. His teammate and the 2018-19 FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne (#25), meanwhile, scored his first victory of the season in Race 4 at Berlin.
The DS Techeetah duo dominated the Superpole session, with Vergne claiming pole position and da Costa right behind him in second place. Behind them, Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland (#22) and Sebastien Buemi (#23) qualified third and fourth, respectively, followed by Mercedes-Benz EQ driver Nyck de Vries (#17) and ROKiT Venturi's Felipe Massa (#19).
Both Vergne and Da Costa seemed very strong throughout the race. Followed by a good start, there was a swap between them where Da Costa led the race briefly. However, Vergne was able to regain the top position towards the final stages. The race was largely clean, barring the incident between BMW's Max Gunther (#28) and NIO 333's Oliver Turvey (#3). The former rear-ended Turvey that led to Gunther's immediate retirement from the race.
Like in the previous races, Mahindra Racing was off to a decent start and Alex Lynn (#94) had even managed to come up to P3 during the race. However, technical difficulties hampered his progress and therefore he could only finish in ninth place, earning his first-ever points for Mahindra. Lynn's teammate Jerome d'Ambrosio (#64) found the race to be a tough one for him, as he fell back a few places right at the start of the race and lost some more places in the final laps. He could therefore only manage a 15th-place finish.
With two more races left and 156 points under his belt, Da Costa has already been declared the 2019-20 champion. As for the runner-up spots on the leaderboard, the battle is still on. Vergne currently sits in overall second place, with 80 points. Behind him, BMW's Max Gunther and Audi's Lucas di Grassi are tied for third with 69 points each. Nissan e.dams' Sebastien Buemi is fourth in the total points tally after R9 (Race 4).