First Ever All-Electric
Double World Champions

Mercedes-EQ got their second season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship off to a flying start in late February with a victory in Diriyah. The euphoria of the win was tempered by failure in the second race the next day. It was a pattern of inconsistency that was to be repeated on subsequent race weekends, as a disappointing Saturday in the Italian capital of Rome was cancelled out by a victory on Sunday, and triumph in Race 1 in Valencia was followed by frustration in Race 2.

The season turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster, and the final weekend in Berlin was to be no exception. After a setback in the title fight in the first race on Saturday, the reward for all the team's hard work came to fruition on Sunday as Mercedes-EQ rounded off only its second season in the all-electric racing series by clinching both the drivers' and teams' World Championships.

Nyck de Vries: Youngest champion in the history of Formula E

The final weekend in Berlin did not seem to be going Nyck's way at first. Allocated to the first qualifying group for the Saturday race, he got held up by traffic and could only manage to book P19 on the grid. In the race itself, he was making steady progress towards the Top Ten when he got hit by another car and had to come into the pits with a puncture. After that, any prospects of a points finish were gone.

nyck de vries standing on the grid in berlin

Sunday started only marginally better. Nyck once again had to take to the track in the first group in an incredibly close qualifying session in which he posted the fourth-fastest time, just 0.079 seconds shy of the best-placed opponent. After the results for the other qualifying groups came in, he found himself having to start the race from P13. In an action-packed E-Prix, he soon worked his into a points-scoring position and at one stage even looked podium bound. After some hair-raising wheel-to-wheel encounters, he finished the last race of the season in eighth place, a result that was enough for him to win the title by a seven-point margin.

"I'm lost for words," said Nyck. "I mean, it's been such a tough season with highs and lows, and in the end, it came down to the last race. I am just so pleased that it was enough for me to win the title. I'm starting to get a little emotional now. I think we had a lot of fortune on our side today considering everything that happened in the race. I'm glad everyone is OK after the incident at the start. We drove an incredible race, we had very good pace, and I'm very happy for the team that we not only won the drivers' world championship but also the team title. The team has worked insanely hard this season, and this is the reward we deserve."

Team Principal Ian James had nothing but praise for his protégé after a nail-biting Sunday afternoon: "For Nyck, this is testimony to his driving throughout the season, his approach, his hard work and also to the out-and-out racer that he truly is. Today, he drove with tenacity and with grit, which has resulted in the situation that we now happily find ourselves in."

Nyck got his second season in Formula E underway with a maiden win in the series in the very first race and emerged from the first race event as championship leader. Two race weekends later, he was to chalk up win number two in Valencia, thereby temporarily regaining the overall lead which he had to relinquish after the classic on the streets of Monaco. In the first of the team's two home race events in London, two runner-up spots took Nyck back to the top of the table. It was lead that he was then to defend right through to the chequered flag in the season finale at Berlin Tempelhof. It had been an emotional rollercoaster, but one that ended with Nyck as the first winner of the drivers' title in the rebadged ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. At the age of 26 years and 190 days and after only 26 E-Prix starts, he has also become the youngest champion the series has seen so far. 

Stoffel Vandoorne: Season ends on a positive note with a podium

Like his team-mate Nyck, Stoffel also rode an emotional rollercoaster this season. Stoffel won the second race in Rome and finished on the podium no fewer than three times. If luck had been with him more frequently over the course of the campaign, he might have delivered several more good finishes.

In the last qualifying session of the year, he secured his fifth Formula E pole position overall and his third of the season for Sunday's race in Berlin, making him the most successful driver in the field in this particular category. In the race itself, he initially maintained his lead, but lost it when the pursuing bunch elected to go into early attack mode. But Stoffel fought back in the closing stages of the E-Prix with the second of his two attack boosts and clawed his way back up to third place.

stoffel vandoorne and nyck de vries sitting on a wall celebrating the championship in berlin

"That was an eventful race," he said afterwards. "I lacked a bit of pace after the start, and we weren't as fast as we needed to be before everyone went for attack mode. That's why I found myself in a difficult situation after the safety car deployment. I had a tough fight against some opponents out there, and I'm relieved that I still managed to finish on the podium. All in all, it's a fantastic day for the team. Congratulations to Nyck on winning the drivers' World Championship and of course to the whole team on winning the team title. It's been a great season with ups and downs for us, but it's marvellous to finish on such a successful note. It's what everyone in the team deserves for the effort they've put in."

the mercedes-eq silver arrow 02 standing in the garage at sundown

Mercedes-EQ: Double World Champions in only their second season

One of the innovations for Season 7 was that the racing series was accorded the status of a World Championship for the first time. It was an added incentive knowing that, at the end of the 15 races on the calendar, one driver and one team would be crowned ABB FIA Formula E World Champions for the first time. "It certainly has a nice ring to it, to become Formula E World Champion at some point," said Ian James at the official launch of the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02, little suspecting that, barely ten months later, his team would go on to clinch both titles at their home race in Berlin.

"For the team, this is also indicative of all of the endless hours of work and effort that they have put into developing the car, as well as every other aspect of a team that really is world-class standard," said Ian. "I am proud to call each and every one of them my team-mates, and they are deserving of this win."

For Mercedes-Benz, these are the first two all-electric world titles in the more than 125-year history of the brand. "I am very proud that our team has once again been able to demonstrate Mercedes-Benz's expertise in electric powertrains," said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Head of Group Research and Chief Operating Officer Mercedes-Benz Cars. "Over the last two seasons, the team has shown the world what Mercedes-Benz is all about - pushing the boundaries and paving the way in every field of mobility."

nyck de vries hugging his team mates

"What a way to end this season, which has seen so many highs and lows, so many ups and downs - and the final race was no exception," said Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport Toto Wolff. "What we saw today was a reflection of how the season has been unfolding - not straightforward, always unexpected, but with hard work always rewarded in the end. Congratulations to the team and to all the men and women in the UK and Germany who've made this possible. This is their win.

Toto Wolff giving an interview to Sat.1

Within hours of securing the World Championship double in Berlin, however, Mercedes-EQ will begin work on preparations for the new season, one in which the team will be confronted by a whole spectrum of new challenges. Ian James: "It's with a great deal of excitement that I now look forward to defending both titles in Season 8." It all begins again on the weekend of 28/29 January 2022, when Saudi Arabia once again hosts the opening double-header in Diriyah.

mercedes-eq silver arrow 02 standing in front of the world championship sign

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