Formula E Season Finale: De Vries Wins Title In Berlin
The Mercedes-EQ driver defied the odds to come out on top. Mercedes-EQ also won the Team Championship with 183 points total.
The drivers championship podium with Nyck de Vries standing tall © Credit to Formula E
Nyck De Vries Wins
It was a great day all-round for Mercedes, clinching victories in the driver and team standings. Mercedes-EQ driver the 26-year-old Nyck De Vries entered the weekend leading the championship but only managed to qualify in 19th.
This only got worse for the Dutch driver as a puncture pushed him into 22nd, leading into Sunday’s season finale.
His lead was cut to a single point before the race. Still, an 8th place finish would be enough to give de Vries the victory. This victory came after four of his title contenders failed to finish.
The race itself was won by ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Norman Nato, who finished second overall in the Drivers’ standings.
“I’m lost for words. It’s been such a tough season with highs and lows. Everything came down to the last race, and I think we had a lot of fortune on our side today with everything that happened. I’m glad that everyone is OK from the incident at the start,” said title winner De Vries.
“My team were telling me to fight Jean-Eric Vergne, but I wasn’t sure why it was important, so I was getting frustrated that they didn’t want to tell me. Then the other drivers kept hitting me; left, right, front, rear. I wasn’t really happy with that, so I was a bit grumpy straight after the race. But now it’s starting to sink in.”
An End For BMW And Audi
Sunday’s final marked the end of the road for big names in BMW and Audi. Unfortunately, BMW would drop out of the race early with technical issues, claiming battery failure while lifting to preserve energy.
Audi, on the other hand, despite a victory the day before, suffered a penalty after reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa of DS TECHEETAH was forced into a wall while trying to overtake Lucas di Grassi.
Action at the start of the race © Credit to Formula E
Lucas di Grassi actually won Saturday’s race, ensuring the marque went out in style. The Brazilian would finish 7th overall in the Drivers’ standings.
Both teams will be sorely missed by Formula E fans, given what they brought to the series from a reputation standpoint.
Formula E: Bigger Than Ever
The seventh season of the FIA Formula E was arguably its biggest yet. We say that as it feels like there are more eyes on electric racing than ever before.
In other words, the series has come a long way since racing onto the scene in 2014 and is its own beast. Extreme E looks to be heading in the same direction.
Next season is already shaping up to be one to remember. Races will start up again in January, with the addition of races in Cape Town, Seoul and Vancouver.
The loss of Audi and BMW is a sad one. Furthermore, rumour has it, Mercedes, this year’s winner, will be backing out next season. This is something the competition will need to address if it’s to grow and establish more die-hard fans worldwide.
You can see highlights of the final race of the 2021 season below.
Did you catch the final race week of the season? If so, what did you think of de Vries nabbing the victory for Mercedes-EQ? Leave a comment below.