Formula E: Mercedes on course for the title
Nyck de Vries with third place on the podium, Stoffel Vandoorne extends his lead in the championship with fourth place: Sunday’s Formula E race in London put Vandoorne and the Mercedes Formula E team on course for the title.
Lucas di Grassi secured victory in Sunday’s race – it was the first time that he drove to the top step of the podium with Venturi Racing. The Brazilian fought a gripping duel with Saturday’s winner and local hero Jake Dennis (Andretti). De Vries in third ensured Mercedes-EQ was on the podium again on Sunday after Vandoorne had finished second the day before.
The Belgian made his title ambitions clear with a courageous race to catch up: Vandoorne only started the race in 13th place, but fought his way up to fourth place, which earned him important points in the championship standings. “I had to ride very aggressively when it mattered, but also stay out of trouble as much as possible,” said Vandoorne. “We had good pace and on a track like this it was a very good comeback.”
As on Saturday, Porsche driver Pascal Wehrlein scored a point in tenth place. His teammate André Lotterer finished twelfth again, having worked his way up from 21st on the grid. “You could clearly see our weak points on this route,” explains Wehrlein. “It wasn’t easy for us to overtake and that affected our whole race. We have to get better in certain areas, then better results are possible again.”
The season finale with races 15 and 16 will take place on August 13th and 14th in Seoul, Korea.
Formula E World Championship Stand
1. Stoffel Vandoorne 185 points
2. Mitch Evans 149
3. Edoardo Mortara 144
4. Jean Eric Vergne 128
5. Antonio Felix da Costa 116
6. Lucas di Grassi 111
7.Robin Frijns 110
8. Nyck de Vries 106
9. Jake Dennis 98
10. Pascal Wehrlein 65
11. Andre Lotterer 63