• Berlin 2022: A very special place for the team

Berlin Tempelhof: The now-closed airport in the district of the same name in the German capital has a long history. One of Germany's first commercial airports, scheduled services first started there way back in 1923. A good six years after its closure in 2008, the first E-Prix took place on the site of the former airport in 2015. Since then, Berlin has been an integral part of the racing calendar for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and is the only city that has hosted at least one race in all of the eight seasons held so far - and  only once was that not at Tempelhof.

The temporary racetrack at the former airfield is also firmly rooted in the history of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team that competed in Berlin for the first time in 2019 and promptly went on to achieve its maiden one-two victory with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries in the season finale. A year later, the team won both World Championship titles at the same venue; taking top honours in both the Team and Drivers' Championship.

"Berlin has been a pretty special place for the team, right from its inception," said Team Principal Ian James. "Berlin is always going to hold a special place in our hearts and the fact that it's a home race for Mercedes-Benz makes it all the more special."

For the third year in a row, the team continued its impressive run of successes at Berlin‑Tempelhof. However, the team had to work hard to succeed on both race days...

Nyck de Vries hits back with victory

The race weekend started with a disappointment for Nyck. He dropped out in qualifying for the first race in the group stages and had to start the race from twelfth on the grid. From there, he managed to secure a point for P10 in a tough race.

"I was happy with our start and the first couple of laps," said Nyck at the finish, "but after that, I simply wasn't quick enough. I was struggling with the car - the right rear temperatures were very high from lap one onwards - so there was a bit of an imbalance and the pace was just not good enough."

Nyck's world was to be completely turned around on Sunday in a variety of ways. First of all, in a literal way, as the second race was held on the same track, but in the reverse direction to the one held on Saturday. However, mainly because his race turned out much better.

nyck de vries and stoffel vandoorne congratulating each other after their success in berlin

Nyck catapulted himself up from third place with a fantastic start and took the lead following a bold move at Turn 1. He remained in P1 until reaching the finish line except for a brief moment after activating Attack Mode.

"What a fantastic result," he said after his second win of the season. "These past few race weekends haven't been easy for us, so I'm incredibly happy to have won today. It was a very emotional moment for me. I've had quite a tough time in the last three races, and so, am really pleased to have been able to hit back after yesterday which was pretty difficult."

Nyck not only entered the list of winners in the all-electric racing series for the fourth time in his career but also notched up more than 200 points overall in the series in his 34th E-Prix.

nyck de vries climbing out of his car after the race in berlin

Stoffel Vandoorne takes two podium places

The start of the first race was a less spectacular affair for Stoffel. The Belgian driver started the race from P8 and initially lost a few positions, dropping out of the Top Ten, but slowly fought his way forwards during the race until he found himself contending for victory in the top group in an exciting final segment.

Ultimately, Stoffel crossed the finish line in third place just behind Jean-Eric Vergne and at the same time, managed to notch up more than 300 points overall in Formula E. "Considering the way the E-Prix started, I'm honestly a bit surprised that I still made it onto the podium," he said afterwards. "But I kept my cool and started to feel that there was good pace in the car."

stoffel vandoorne kneeling next to his car after taking the third place in the berlin eprix

He was able to use his pace as the race progressed, and aided by some strong overtaking manoeuvres, gained a whole string of positions. "Also, the team had a great strategy, which I was able to implement during the race," said Stoffel. "That enabled me to fight my way back to the front after a mediocre initial lap and yet still finish in the Top Three."

It wasn't to be the only impressive comeback of the weekend. In Sunday's second race, Stoffel started from P7, a position that he was initially able to hold. He then activated Attack Mode early on and fought his way up to within sight of the podium until just before the end. He then secured his second podium of the weekend and his fifth of the season with a strong overtaking manoeuvre against Lucas di Grassi shortly before the finish.

"That was an excellent race for us," said Stoffel. "It was a little less action-packed for me than yesterday, but still, it's great to be back on the podium. Our cars were really flying again today. Two podium finishes this weekend - I'm very pleased about that, for sure!"

ian james hugging stoffel vandoorne after he finished third in the berlin eprix

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team growing in every respect

Three podiums for the team, including one win, so Team Principal Ian James was also well satisfied with Sunday afternoon's result. "Today also saw Mercedes powertrains propelling the Top Four cars to the finish," said James, singing the outfit's praises. "I am so proud of how we seem to be going from strength to strength as a team," he added.

This was also reflected in the overall standings after the season's eighth round. Stoffel (111 points) heads the Drivers' World Championship standings with a twelve-point lead over Edoardo Mortara (99 points). Nyck (65 points) is in sixth place. As regards the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team (176 points), they are in first place in the Team Championship, well ahead of Venturi Racing (148 points).

stoffel vandoorne and nyck de vries sitting on a wall and showing their trophies

"We are growing in every aspect, including in confidence, but remain with our feet firmly planted on the ground - we all know there is still a long way ahead," said James. "So, although we are in a strong position after this race weekend, we have to build on the momentum that we've achieved so far and ensure that we carry that through to the next races."

And racing is set to continue in three weeks' time when the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship makes its debut on the streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with the ninth round of the season on 4 June 2022. And who knows, maybe this circuit will come to have a very special place in the hearts of the team as well?

the team celebrating after sundays eprix

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