Vandoorne scores Mercedes-Benz’ maiden Formula E win

    Published On Aug 14, 2020 01:41:00 PM

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    Mercedes-Benz secured a 1-2 finish in Berlin to wrap-up the 2019/20 Formula E season on a high note.

    Ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne cruised to victory at the final race of the 2019/20 Formula E season to hand Mercedes-Benz its first win in the all-electric racing series. The result helped Vandoorne seal 2nd place in the drivers’ standings.

    Mercedes-Benz had double the reason to celebrate as Nyck de Vries crossed the line in 2nd place to hand the team a 1-2 finish in Berlin.

    • Vandoorne beats Vergne and Buemi to 2nd place in drivers’ standings.
    • Nissan and Mercedes-Benz take 2nd and 3rd place in the teams’ standings.
    • Mahindra Racing defeats Venturi for 9th place overall.

    1-2 finish for Mercedes-Benz

    Having finally addressed his qualifying woes in Berlin, Vandoorne bagged pole position for the season finale. He remained in firm control out in the lead, only losing position when he moved off the line to activate both of his 35kW Attack Modes.

    Vandoorne spent much of the race expertly fending off Nissan’s Sébastien Buemi and ultimately crossed the chequered flag with a 1.340sec margin. "What an incredible race. It was perfect for us," said Vandoorne.

    "Seb [Buemi] was always close but we felt we had him in control. We couldn’t have hoped for any better a way to end the season, and second in the standings is a real bonus. To execute our race pace from the lead is something new and I’m super happy we managed to pull it off.”

    After managing his energy throughout the race, Nyck de Vries pulled off a late-race move on Buemi to secure his first podium finish in Formula E.

    The 1-2 finish has boosted Mercedes-Benz to 3rd place overall in the teams’ championship, in what is the German manufacturer’s first season in Formula E as a fully-fledged factory outfit.

    Buemi’s podium ensures 2nd place for Nissan

    Buemi had to lift and coast in the final moments of the race, but he held on to secure the final podium spot. Nissan’s second driver Oliver Rowland could only salvage a 19th-place finish after starting from the back of the grid. But Buemi’s 3rd-place result was enough for Nissan to secure 2nd place in the teams’ championship, 20 points ahead of Mercedes-Benz.

    Audi’s Rene Rast raced to a 4th-place finish, followed by Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird who clawed his way up the field after starting from 14th on the grid. Bird’s team-mate Robin Frijns retired in the closing laps after colliding with BMW’s Max Gunther. The incident promoted Audi’s Lucas di Grassi to 6th place, ahead of DS Techeetah’s Jean-Éric Vergne in 7th.

    Mahindra Racing 9th in teams’ championship

    Alex Lynn secured another strong points finish for Mahindra Racing with an 8th-place result. The Indian squad struggled with reliability in the first half of the season. Before heading into the six-race finale, Mahindra Racing CEO and Team Principal Dilbagh Gill – who had to sit out the finale after testing positive for COVID-19 – said the team had made some key developments on energy development.

    While addressing these issues did help Mahindra Racing secure a handful of points finishes, overall, it still struggled with converting its strong qualifying pace into fitting race results. The team did, however, manage to defeat Venturi Racing to take 9th place (out of 12 teams) in the teams’ championship.

    Newly-crowned 2019/20 Formula E world champion António Félix da Costa took 9th place after another difficult qualifying session. Meanwhile, Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara rounded up the top 10.

    Berlin E-Prix (Round 11) results:

    Pos

    Driver

    Team

    Gap

    1

    Stoffel Vandoorne

    Mercedes

    47m22.107s

    2

    Nyck de Vries

    Mercedes

    1.340s

    3

    Sébastien Buemi

    Nissan e.dams

    2.841s

    4

    Rene Rast

    Audi

    3.580s

    5

    Sam Bird

    Virgin

    8.710s

    6

    Lucas di Grassi

    Audi

    11.593s

    7

    Jean-Éric Vergne

    DS Techeetah

    12.895s

    8

    Alex Lynn

    Mahindra

    14.719s

    9

    António Félix da Costa

    DS Techeetah

    15.304s

    10

    Edoardo Mortara

    Venturi

    16.154s

    11

    Mitch Evans

    Jaguar

    16.348s

    12

    Maximilian Guenther

    BMW

    17.798s

    13

    Alexander Sims

    BMW

    22.229s

    14

    André Lotterer

    Porsche

    23.893s

    15

    Neel Jani

    Porsche

    24.888s

    16

    Felipe Massa

    Venturi

    25.577s

    17

    Tom Blomqvist

    Jaguar

    25.992s

    18

    Jérôme d'Ambrosio

    Mahindra

    30.485s

    19

    Sergio Sette Camara

    Dragon

    31.453s

    20

    Daniel Abt

    NIO

    38.071s

    21

    Oliver Turvey

    NIO

    39.694s

    22

    Nico Muller

    Dragon

    1m11.178s

    -

    Robin Frijns

    Virgin

    Retirement

    -

    Oliver Rowland

    Nissan e.dams

    Retirement

     

    Also see:

    2019/20 Formula E: Gunther fends off Frijns to win Round 8 in Berlin

    2019/20 Formula E: Da Costa makes it back-to-back wins in Berlin

    2019/20 Formula E: Da Costa takes clean sweep at first Berlin E-Prix

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