Ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne cruised to victory at the final race of the 2019/20 Formula E season to hand Mercedes-Benz its first win in the all-electric racing series. The result helped Vandoorne seal 2nd place in the drivers’ standings.

Mercedes-Benz had double the reason to celebrate as Nyck de Vries crossed the line in 2nd place to hand the team a 1-2 finish in Berlin.

Vandoorne beats Vergne and Buemi to 2nd place in drivers’ standings.

Nissan and Mercedes-Benz take 2nd and 3rd place in the teams’ standings.

Mahindra Racing defeats Venturi for 9th place overall.

1-2 finish for Mercedes-Benz

Having finally addressed his qualifying woes in Berlin, Vandoorne bagged pole position for the season finale. He remained in firm control out in the lead, only losing position when he moved off the line to activate both of his 35kW Attack Modes.

Vandoorne spent much of the race expertly fending off Nissan’s Sébastien Buemi and ultimately crossed the chequered flag with a 1.340sec margin. “What an incredible race. It was perfect for us,” said Vandoorne.

“Seb [Buemi] was always close but we felt we had him in control. We couldn’t have hoped for any better a way to end the season, and second in the standings is a real bonus. To execute our race pace from the lead is something new and I’m super happy we managed to pull it off.”

After managing his energy throughout the race, Nyck de Vries pulled off a late-race move on Buemi to secure his first podium finish in Formula E.

The 1-2 finish has boosted Mercedes-Benz to 3rd place overall in the teams’ championship, in what is the German manufacturer’s first season in Formula E as a fully-fledged factory outfit.

Buemi’s podium ensures 2nd place for Nissan

Buemi had to lift and coast in the final moments of the race, but he held on to secure the final podium spot. Nissan’s second driver Oliver Rowland could only salvage a 19th-place finish after starting from the back of the grid. But Buemi’s 3rd-place result was enough for Nissan to secure 2nd place in the teams’ championship, 20 points ahead of Mercedes-Benz.

Audi’s Rene Rast raced to a 4th-place finish, followed by Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird who clawed his way up the field after starting from 14th on the grid. Bird’s team-mate Robin Frijns retired in the closing laps after colliding with BMW’s Max Gunther. The incident promoted Audi’s Lucas di Grassi to 6th place, ahead of DS Techeetah’s Jean-Éric Vergne in 7th.

Mahindra Racing 9th in teams’ championship

Alex Lynn secured another strong points finish for Mahindra Racing with an 8th-place result. The Indian squad struggled with reliability in the first half of the season. Before heading into the six-race finale, Mahindra Racing CEO and Team Principal Dilbagh Gill – who had to sit out the finale after testing positive for COVID-19 – said the team had made some key developments on energy development.

While addressing these issues did help Mahindra Racing secure a handful of points finishes, overall, it still struggled with converting its strong qualifying pace into fitting race results. The team did, however, manage to defeat Venturi Racing to take 9th place (out of 12 teams) in the teams’ championship.

Newly-crowned 2019/20 Formula E world champion António Félix da Costa took 9th place after another difficult qualifying session. Meanwhile, Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara rounded up the top 10.

Berlin E-Prix (Round 11) results:

Pos

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Stoffel Vandoorne

Mercedes

47m22.107s

2

Nyck de Vries

Mercedes

1.340s

3

Sébastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

2.841s

4

Rene Rast

Audi

3.580s

5

Sam Bird

Virgin

8.710s

6

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

11.593s

7

Jean-Éric Vergne

DS Techeetah

12.895s

8

Alex Lynn

Mahindra

14.719s

9

António Félix da Costa

DS Techeetah

15.304s

10

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

16.154s

11

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

16.348s

12

Maximilian Guenther

BMW

17.798s

13

Alexander Sims

BMW

22.229s

14

André Lotterer

Porsche

23.893s

15

Neel Jani

Porsche

24.888s

16

Felipe Massa

Venturi

25.577s

17

Tom Blomqvist

Jaguar

25.992s

18

Jérôme d’Ambrosio

Mahindra

30.485s

19

Sergio Sette Camara

Dragon

31.453s

20

Daniel Abt

NIO

38.071s

21

Oliver Turvey

NIO

39.694s

22

Nico Muller

Dragon

1m11.178s

Robin Frijns

Virgin

Retirement

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

Retirement

 

Also see:

2019/20 Formula E: Gunther fends off Frijns to win Round 8 in Berlin

2019/20 Formula E: Da Costa makes it back-to-back wins in Berlin

2019/20 Formula E: Da Costa takes clean sweep at first Berlin E-Prix

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