Vandoorne takes final race with Merc 1-2

Stoffel Vandoorne took his and Mercedes’ maiden win in the final round of the season at Berlin, securing the Belgian second in the drivers’ championship.

Vandoorne led from pole and was not challenged throughout the race, however, he, as well as Sebastien Buemi and Nyck De Vries took Attack Mode early in the race, but with a decent gap to fourth, they top three would not be challenged by Rene Rast, who lost out to De Vries on lap one.

De Vries did make an opportunistic move towards the end on Buemi, ensuring that the Mercedes squad earned a 1-2 finish to cap off their first season in the championship.

Further down the field, after a catastrophic qualifying session for the top six in the field, we saw the likes of Jean-Eric Vergne and Max Gunther come through the field, however, an incident involving Gunther’s teammate Alexander Sims, saw the Frenchman put under investigation.

Unlike the top three in the race, Lucas Di Grassi would take two late Attack Modes in the race and would try to make a move on Robin Frijns, a move that would not initially pay off with Di Grassi making similar moves to what he did on Da Costa and Massa during the previous races.

Di Grassi would eventually get past putting an aggressive move on the Dutchman, but not until Sam Bird got past him and teammate Frijns to finish his final race for Envision Virgin in the top five.

Oliver Rowland, who had dominated 24 hours prior, had a poor race, after qualifying last he would only get as high at 17th, and would eventually retire from the race after his wheel cover came off in turn 12.

As Frijns fell down the field, he would come under pressure from Guenther and Vergne, however, whilst defending, Frijns and Gunther would go out wide letting Vergne through. Frijns would get a puncture and would retire, and Gunther would end his season out of the points.

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