Stoffel Vandoorne led a Mercedes-Benz EQ one-two because the 2019/20 ABB FIA System E Championship reached its conclusion at the last Berlin E-Prix nowadays (13 August), with the Belgian’s step forward victory vaulting him up to 2d within the standings.
With a mixed-up grid – and 5 of the nine contenders for the championship runner-up spoils starting upright at the rear – the scene used to be verbalize for an titillating finale on the prolonged Tempelhof Airport circuit.
From his 2d occupation System E pole location, Vandoorne used to be in imperious originate from the 2d the lights went out, and he easiest rapid relinquished his lead when he employed ‘ATTACK MODE’. That aside, the 28-yr-traditional used to be untroubled, and his positive maiden triumph made it 5 different winners from six races in Berlin.
In the support of, frail champion Sébastien Buemi and series rookie Nyck de Vries waged a fierce duel for 2d do. Buemi – one other driver with designs on the championship runner-up do – held the income for the bulk of the tear for Nissan e.DAMS, whatever the pair procuring and selling positions on a vary of events, but de Vries had an ace up his sleeve.
In an ultra-efficient performance, the Dutchman saved more energy than his Swiss rival whereas maintaining the stress on, and after maturely biding his time, he come what would possibly made his switch within the closing stages with a intrepid pass to get 2d do. The marked the 25-yr-traditional’s first podium discontinue in System E and enabled Mercedes-Benz EQ to climb from fifth to third within the last Groups’ desk.
Buemi proceeded to raise off a resurgent René Rast for third to bounce from eighth to fourth within the Drivers’ Championship, aesthetic some degree earlier than stablemate Oliver Rowland, whose Wednesday success will have to possess felt like reminiscence because the Briton began at the tail of the subject and can form minute development before retiring with ten minutes last.
After dropping a location to de Vries on the predominant lap, Rast claimed a solid fourth-do discontinue for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler earlier than Sam Bird, who charged up the clarify from 14th on the grid in his last appearance for Envision Virgin Racing at the tip of a six-yr stint. Having economised on his energy early on, the Briton enjoyed an shapely stay to the tear to raise his competitors off and climb to fifth.
Lucas Di Grassi fought his system previous Neel Jani (TAG Heuer Porsche) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (GEOX Dragon) within the outlet stages, before taking part in a unhurried battle with Robin Frijns. It took the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler man two attempts to search out one draw previous after his preliminary attack used to be rebuffed, but he come what would possibly got the job done by promoting the Envision Virgin Racing driver a dummy into Turn Seven before diving to the within to snatch sixth location.
Having for a in point of fact very long time scuttle within the tip 5, Frijns dropped out of rivalry in the direction of the tip consequently of a puncture, with the Dutchman’s wretchedness elevating Jean-Éric Vergne to seventh. Both the Frenchman and his crew-mate – nowadays-crowned champion António Félix da Costa – had began within the support of the pack, but Vergne produced a feisty effort that lifted him into the tip ten by lap 25 and he would ticket three more locations by the point the flag fell.
Da Costa injure up two spots further support in ninth – the DS Techeetah duo sandwiching the Mahindra Racing vehicle of Alex Lynn – with Edoardo Mortara ending the aspects finishers in tenth, because the ROKiT Venturi Racing ace slipped down the subject moderately after a intellectual launch.
Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ System E Crew)
‘We had the most reasonable most likely tear, no threats from within the support of, Seb used to be continuously close but we had him below elevate a watch on. We couldn’t possess dreamt of the next technique to full the season than with a 1-2 for Mercedes-Benz EQ System E Crew. Being 2d within the championship it’s undoubtedly a bonus. Over the last week we had showed we had a correct tear tempo but to form that from the front even as leading the tear it’s somewhat different. I’m salubrious elated we managed to drag that off. The final crew has done a not most likely job, I possess been struggling in qualifying within the previous couple of races but nowadays all the pieces used to be picture most reasonable most likely!’
Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ System E Crew)
‘I explain so relieved, it appears like a substantial weight has been lifted off my shoulders. We’ve done a salubrious job with energy administration, and that allowed me to discover an energy income which led me within the support of Stoffel. We’ve scheme near the rostrum in many events this season and to come what would possibly form this goal on our last day right here in Berlin it’s very satisfying.’
Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams)
‘We weren’t rapid enough nowadays. I didn’t possess the tempo, we tried something new on the setup and perhaps it wasn’t the upright technique to head but at the tip we restful managed to possess a podium discontinue and a agreeable tear. I deem I took the ATTACK MODE at the immoral time, perhaps if I had waited longer it can’ve been better. I’m elated for the crew we’re 2d within the crew standing and that’s undoubtedly a salubrious fulfillment!’