Dutchman Nyck de Vries became the first Formula E world champion in Berlin while his team took home the constructors’ title.
The seventh season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship concluded in Berlin and Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, after only its second season, emerged as double world champions – an eighth-place finish in the final outing of the doubleheader was enough to earn Nyck de Vries his maiden Formula E world championship title and the team their maiden constructors’ crown. He finished on top of the rankings with 99 points, just seven points ahead of Rokit Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara and eight ahead of BMW i Andretti’s Jake Dennis. The fight for the drivers’ championship title was indeed a close one! It wasn’t, however, an easy season for de Vries. Despite winning a race each in Diriyah and Valencia, most of his remaining races had resulted in either DNFs or point-less finishes.
Despite enduring a rollercoaster of a season, Mercedes-EQ accumulated enough points in their kitty to win the season. With 177 points, Jaguar Racing took home the runners-up spot and DS Techeetah, the team that gave us the outgoing Formula E champion, claimed third place overall, with 166 points.
As for the racing action in the ultimate doubleheader, Audi’s Lucas di Grassi and Rokit Venturi’s Norman Nato each claimed race victories. The result was an emotional one for Audi as it was their final outing – the German marque has wrapped up its Formula E campaign to pursue its electrification goals. Therefore, a win on home soil was indeed a fitting farewell to them.
With 132 points, homegrown outfit Mahindra Racing finished ninth overall. Mahindra’s only highlight in Berlin was Alexander Sims’ top-five finish in the second race of the weekend.
While there were celebrations in the Mercedes camp, the scenes from Envision Virgin Racing’s garage showed nothing but absolute dismay. Heading into the finale, Envision Virgin was leading the constructors’ title race and Robin Frijns, their championship hopeful, was just six points behind championship leader de Vries. To everyone’s surprise, though, the team did not score even a single point in the finale. As a result, they ended up tied for fourth place with Audi in the constructors’ title race and Frijns, with 89 points, finished fifth in the drivers’ championship – he missed out on the runners-up spot by just four points!