Mercedes said goodbye to Formula E with two world championship titles. As in the previous year, the Silver Arrows won the team and driver championships at the big season finale in South Korea on Sunday. After Nyck de Vries in 2021, teammate Stoffel Vandoorne is also crowned Formula E World Champion for the first time this year.
Second place in the victory of Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara is enough for the 30-year-old Belgian to secure the championship in the dry. Vandoorne’s only remaining World Championship competitor, Mitch Evans, moved up to seventh position after poor qualifying (only 13th place on the grid), but the Jaguar driver should have won the race to endanger Vandoorne.
However, the new world champion, having started from fourth place, stays out of trouble and is always in the leading group, so there is little tension in the title fight in the 100th race in Formula E history.
“World champion, wow! It’s the best feeling ever. The car and the team were wonderful, everyone here deserves that. A great day,” said Vandoorne happily after crossing the finish line. For the newly crowned champion it is clear: “We did something special there. What a season, we were so consistent. The others all have more wins than me, but I have the most podiums.”
Indeed, in season eight of Formula E, Vandoorne is mister consistency: he finishes on the podium in eight out of 16 races, and in the points an incredible 15 times. It doesn’t matter that Monaco only has one win of the season. In the end, his lead over Evans is 33 points.
For Vandoorne, it is the greatest success of his career: as a highly decorated McLaren junior, with the GP2 title under his belt, he entered Formula 1 as a regular driver in 2017, albeit during an extremely weak phase for the traditional racing team from Woking. He also has none other than Fernando Alonso as a teammate, who occasionally presents the newcomer.
At the end of 2018, Vandoorne switched to Formula E, where things were going much better for him: in his second season he was runner-up, after ninth place overall last year, the crowning glory will follow in 2022.
Formula E continues in mid-January with the start of season nine in Mexico City – then with the new Gen3 car and definitely a new team world champion, as Mercedes will no longer defend its title next year.
Result: Formula E in Seoul, 16th of 16 rounds of the season
2. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes) +3.756 seconds
3. Jake Dennis (Andretti) +6.649
4.Robin Frijns (Envision) +7,021
5. Oliver Askew (Andretti) +7,850
6. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) +9.471
7. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) +10.243
8. Nick Cassidy (Envision) +14.208
9. Sebastien Buemi (Nissan) +16.629
10 Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) +22,226
Final result: Drivers’ World Championship, Formula E 2022
1. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes) 213 points
2. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) 180
3. Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) 169
4. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) 144
5. Lucas di Grassi (Venturi) 126
Final result: Team World Championship, Formula E 2022
1. Mercedes 319 points
2. Venturi 295
3. DS Techeetah 266
4. Jaguar 231
5. Envision 194