Stoffel Vandoorne seal Formula E World Championship titles as Edoardo Mortara wins in Seoul


Stoffel Vandoorne steered to silverware with a second-place end in the Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix to seal the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship and safe the Teams’ World Championship for Mercedes-EQ.

On a momentous day for Formula E that noticed Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) win the one centesimal E-Prix race in the world’s first electrical motorsport World Championship, Vandoorne’s Season 8 title additionally marks the tip of the Gen2 period in Formula E – the second iteration of electrical race automotive in the sequence – with the Gen3 race automotive debuting subsequent season as the quick lightest, strongest and environment friendly electrical race automotive ever constructed.

Formula E’s first enterprise into the South Korean capital of Seoul noticed Vandoorne navigate a Lap 1 melee and hold it clear all through the remainder of the race to convey the Silver Arrow 02 residence in second place.

Only Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) had any probability of catching Vandoorne going into the race. But Vandoorne’s eighth podium of the season – greater than another driver – proved to be sufficient to see him take a maiden Drivers’ crown and hand Mercedes-EQ back-to-back Drivers’ and Teams’ titles on the German marque’s Formula E swansong.

Mortara managed the race as soon as he hit the entrance through a surprising dummy that noticed him full a profitable switchback on Julius Bär Polesitter António Félix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) on Lap 3. From there, he managed the hole and his usable power completely to log off his and Venturi’s marketing campaign in type – the Monegasque outfit taking second in the Teams’ operating forward of DS TECHEETAH, and Mortara third in the Drivers’ Championship.

Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) drove to a robust third place, regardless of a tough-to-take 5 second penalty following a coming-together with da Costa.

Robin Frijns (Envision Racing), Oliver Askew (Avalanche Andretti), and Jean-Éric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) rounded out the highest six, with Evans coming residence an eventual seventh – a robust drive with little else he might have carried out. Nobody received greater than Evans’ 4 races this season, however it was Vandoorne’s consistency – only one non-score and the report eight podiums – that sealed the deal.

Season 8 was the most important thus far in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with 16 races on road circuits in 10 world cities: Diriyah, Mexico City, Rome, Monaco, Berlin, Jakarta, Marrakesh, New York City, London and Seoul – each Jakarta and Seoul have been debuts for Formula E.

The daybreak of the Gen3 period in Season 9 will see Formula E go larger and additional than ever earlier than with a provisional calendar that includes 18 races in 13 cities. The season begins on 14 January in Mexico City and continues in Diriyah, Hyderabad, São Paulo, Berlin, Monaco, Seoul, Jakarta, Rome and London. Three E-Prix host cities shall be introduced later this 12 months, whereas Hyderabad and São Paulo are each debut venues.

McLaren Racing shall be coming into Formula E for the primary time, taking up the triumphant Mercedes-EQ workforce, whereas Maserati shall be making a return to motorsport for the primary time in many years. ABT will even be returning to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

STOFFEL VANDOORNE, MERCEDES-EQ FORMULA E TEAM, #5 mentioned: “World Champions; wow! It’s simply the very best feeling ever. Just take a look at the season we have had – the consistency and the automotive has been wonderful, and the workforce has carried out an unimaginable job. I believe each single one in all us deserves it. What we have completed is one thing particular. Mitch has pushed me all the way in which alongside – the identical with Edo – they have been there on a regular basis. It was actually concerning the consistency in the tip, all of them have extra wins than me, however I’ve probably the most podiums I believe. It was tough to focus as a result of the tempo on the finish was so excessive, I knew Jake had a five-second penalty, so I needed to keep shut sufficient to him to safe P2. It was an superior day, numerous focus. I’m drained after this 12 months, it has been numerous effort, the hassle I’ve put in and the workforce has put in – it’s unimaginable.”

EDOARDO MORTARA, ROKiT VENTURI RACING, #48 mentioned: “Today was extremely positive, I still feel extremely frustrated because we didn’t manage to secure any points in the last two race weekends – I have so much frustration from that. But I am so thankful to the team for giving me such a strong car, we had a fantastic season and to finish like this is really what I needed and what we needed. We are normally better at racing than we are qualifiers, so I knew if I could manage to take the lead, we are normally pretty good at managing the races. From the front also helped us manage the temperatures, which were extremely hot. So yes, great day.”

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