• Final week in Berlin: Roller-coaster of emotions.

Stoffel rewards team for all their hard work with maiden win.

Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team winning in Berlin

Even before the first of the six final races at Berlin-Tempelhof had begun, Stoffel Vandoorne had predicted: "We can expect a week full of emotions, some positive and maybe a few not quite so positive, but it's the same for everyone and everyone has to deal with these different scenarios, but we will see how things turns out." He was to prove absolutely correct.

Stoffel's less positive moments came mostly in the qualifying sessions. He started four of the six races from outside of the Top Ten, but nevertheless, achieved four points results by mounting strong charges up the field. Another points-scoring finish might have been possible in the third race when he was fourth on the grid but did not take the chequered flag because of a puncture. Before the final round, he had scored points for P6, P5 and a P9. However, he turned things around completely on the very last race day of the season.

"We had a few difficulties in qualifying during this final week, but everything went absolutely perfectly today," said Stoffel, who took his first pole position in the last qualifying of the season. "I felt really confident about the car, posted good laps in qualifying and am mega happy with my race. Looking from the outside in, you might perhaps think, well, that was pretty straightforward, but believe me, it was hard work!"

Stoffel Vandoorne winning the final race of season 6

Stoffel led the race from pole position and relinquished his lead only briefly to activate Attack Mode and then immediately reclaimed it. "What an incredible race! I'm ecstatic at having just taken my maiden win in Formula E. S├ębastien (Buemi) was always close, but we had him under control. We knew that our race pace was good, as we've shown here in previous races. But to win the race from the front really feels very special. Many thanks to the entire team for their terrific work."

With his first victory in Formula E and thanks also to his team-mate Nyck de Vries finishing runner-up, Stoffel secured second place in the drivers' standings in the final sprint to the end of the season. "To finish our first season with a one-two win is simply fantastic, and we couldn't have asked for more," said Stoffel. "Second place in the drivers' championship is a nice bonus for me. We were rewarded today for the team's tireless efforts."

Driver FP3 Qualifying Super Pole Race Final Championship Standings
#5 S. Vandoorne

P10

1:15.914

22 Laps

P1 (G2: P2)

1:15.717

2 Laps

P1

1:15.468

P1

Grid: P1

FL: 1:18.038

P2

87 Points

#17 N. de Vries

P6

1:15.679

27 Laps

P3 (G3: P2)

1:15.729

2 Laps

P4

1:15.738

P2

Grid: P4

FL: 1:17.884

P11

60 Points

 

Nyck secures long-awaited maiden podium.

Nyck de Vries securing the second place in the finale race of the season

The Berlin marathon session got off to a positive start for Nyck. Fifth place in Q1, fourth place in the first race - a result that he managed to repeat in Race 4. In between, though, there was a retirement while lying fifth and a P18 in a disappointing round for the team, in which neither driver was able to finish in the points. Again in the penultimate race, Nyck found himself out of the points in 14th place after a poor showing in qualifying by the team.

Still, qualifying fourth for the last race of the season on the longer track configuration really put a smile on his face. From fourth on the grid, he promptly moved up into the Top Three and fought for second position with S├ębastien Buemi for the biggest part of the race. After making a strong move to overtake, he closed on his team-mate, Stoffel, in the final few minutes of the race to cross the finish line just behind him in second place, giving the team an amazing first one-two win in Formula E.

"Phew! What a relief! All the pressure just melted away once I'd crossed the finish line. On previous occasions, I've often got close to finishing on the podium, but unfortunately, it just never happened for me, so it feels really good to have finally succeeded to conclude this long and gruelling marathon."

Nyck de Vries securing the second place in the finale race of the season

He was able to benefit from good energy management during the race. "Overtaking is harder on this track layout than on the first two that we raced on," said Nyck. "That's why we thought we could see a chance of finishing second, and luckily, our plan worked out. I wasn't completely free of error this week, so it feels really great to hit back with such an amazing race today."

In retrospect, Nyck describes his rookie season as a little bit of a roller-coaster. He made it into the Top Ten in eight of the eleven qualifying sessions and then went on to finish five times in the points. "It's nice to end the season with my first podium, our first one-two win and P3 in the team championship," said Nyck. "I think we really deserved this result and I'm very pleased for the whole team. We couldn't have wished for a better end to our season before this final round kicked off."

Perfect end to season, but still plenty to do.

After eleven races, a five-month break and valuable lessons learned, the debut season of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team came to a positive conclusion in Berlin. The team not only took their first win, but also finished the season in third place in the team competition with 147 points.

"These combined efforts pushed us to P3 in the Team Championship and Stoffel even clinched P2 in the Drivers' Championship," said Team Principal, Ian James. "This is a great result after all the hard work and trials and tribulations of the last few days. Finishing P1 and P2 today is something that the team have worked hard for and they absolutely deserve it."

Stoffel Vandoorne with his trophy after winning the final race of the season in Berlin

But the team have now turned their attention already to preparing for the new season following their one-two victory in Berlin. "There's still a lot of hard work ahead of us," said Ian. "But we've also learned a huge amount through the ups and downs we had during this season." The team had begun the season with the aim of consistently improving with every race weekend while delivering a solid performance in the championship.

"During the season, the team had a few reality checks along the way and we learned some painful lessons," said Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director Toto Wolff. "But I believe that we achieved our goal of steadily improving. Overall, we can be satisfied with how we finished our season and our final championship positions, but it's also clear that our target will be to take a step forward for Season 7 to close the gap to the front."

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