The third-to-last race weekend of Season 8 started promisingly for Stoffel Vandoorne. He qualified third in his qualifying group for the duel stage and advanced to the final, where he missed out on pole position by a mere eight thousandths of a second.
And in the race, too, it looked for a long time as if he were set for a podium appearance. But then, around ten minutes before the end of the race, the rain started to come down more heavily, leaving standing water on the track in some places and causing the entire leading group of the E-Prix, including Stoffel, to skid off the track and straight into the barrier.
Stoffel had earlier worked his way back up to second place after a poor start: "Unfortunately, the race ended badly with a big crash. I aquaplaned and just lost control. A pretty dramatic end to the race, quite frankly. It's not how I wanted it to finish, but that's the way it is."