Nyck de Vries is the new champion of the Formula E. The 26-year-old Dutchman finished second and decisive in eighth place Berlin E-Prix, taking the title at the end of his second electric season with the team Mercedes.
For the Casa della Stella – which is about to abandon the series – it’s a big party. Thanks to the podium conquered by Stoffel Vandoorne, 3rd, in addition to the Drivers title, the one reserved for Teams has also arrived. The winner of the E-Prix was Norman Nato on a Silver Arrow brought to the track by the Venturi team.
There could not have been a more suitable epilogue for the last act of the 2021 Formula E World Championship. The one staged at Tempelhof Airport was a concentrate of emotions, which from the very beginning benefited Nyck De Vries. AND
Mitch Evans, third on the grid with a view of the title, remained stationary on the grid. Three of the three drivers lined up behind him avoided him, not Edoardo Mortara, who started 11th and tried in vain to discard the Jaguar at the last minute. Both pilots came out on their legs and unharmed, even if Mortara then underwent a medical check to avoid any consequences. For Mortara, the season ended as it had begun: in Diriyah he had in fact crashed into the barriers due to a problem with the brakes of his car at the end of free practice for Race-2.
We’re under a red flag in Berlin after a collision on the start line between two of our championship contenders – @mitchevans_ and @edomortara.
Great to see both drivers get out of the car ok. They will be going to the medical center for checks!
🇩🇪 2021 @BMWi #BerlinEPrix pic.twitter.com/Ndg2aEJwOu
– ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) August 15, 2021
The race restarted behind the Safety Car and at the first braking point Jake Dennis missed braking while in Buemi’s wake losing control of his BMW, which crashed into the barriers and he finished his run on the escape route with the left rear damaged. Understandable the desperation of rookie British, great protagonist in the second half of the championship.
Without even completing a lap, the first three pursuers of Nyck de Vries had left the scene, immediately promoted to the points from 13th place on the grid. The Dutchman then managed Attack Mode and overtaking on the track in the best possible way, climbing up to fourth place, while Vandoorne’s race, which started from pole, went in the opposite direction with the Belgian who finished in third position thanks to a great recovery. in the last laps.
On lap 23, another Safety Car to remove the car’s Antonio Felix da Costa, accompanied on the wall by Lucas di Grassi. The neutralization phase canceled Norman Nato’s escape, but he was able to immediately reopen the gap with Rowland, and put Nyck de Vries back into the fray, from which the Mercedes driver emerged seventh after being overtaken by Vandoorne, Lotterer and Wehrlein. In the final, Sam Bird’s attack on the Dutchman, who thus crossed the line in eighth position.
“The race was very lucky because at the start Edo and Evans lost the race and the championship”, Declared the fresh world champion to Mediaset microphones. “Dennis remained, but I saw that he blocked and went to the wall. At that moment I knew I was in a good position for the championship but I still wanted to have a good race“.
The youngest champion in @FIAFormulaE history !!!! 👏👏👏#WeDriveTheCity #BerlinEPrix #ABBFormulaE pic.twitter.com/VOELhdYXQh
– Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team (@MercedesEQFE) August 15, 2021
In fact, the Dutchman did not spare himself, giving up only in the final when he preferred to secure the title. “After the race I was not very happy because I wanted to finish later but now I’m handling all the emotion“. Little space for celebrations given that the 24 Hours of Le Mans is on the horizon: “We will certainly have to do something, but next week will be very busy as well“.
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