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!"