Nato wins as De Vries clinches the championship

Norman Nato has secured his maiden victory in Formula E after a dominant drive in Berlin, as Nyck De Vries secured the championship as he watched his championship rivals capitulate one by one. 

Mercedes have also secured the teams’ championship after starting the day in fifth position. Nato summed up Mercedes dominance this season by driving a stellar race to secure his first win for Venturi and in the all-electric series.

Formula E thought they were in for a thrilling finale, but the three championship contenders bowed out of the race in the opening laps.

Mitch Evans had previously looked set to secure the championship after qualifying in third place. However, Evans was unable to get off the line, and fellow championship contender Edoardo Mortara crashed into the back of the Jaguar Racing driver, causing both to retire from the race and leading to a red flag.

Once the race restarted, the next championship contender retired from the race as Jake Dennis crashed out at Turn 1 after locking up his rear brakes and slamming into the wall on the third lap.

With Antonio Felix Da Costa, Lucas Di Grassi, Robins Frijns and Jean-Eric Vergne behind De Vries in the race, all the Dutchman needed to do was finish the race to ensure he won the title, which he was able to do.

However, there was an incident that nearly saw De Vries retire from the race as he used his Fanboost to pass Alexander Sims at Turn 1. But Sims fought back at Turn 2 and re-passed De Vries, forcing him out wide which allowed Vandoorne and both Porsche drivers to pass him.

Sam Bird also passed De Vries at the end of the race, which meant De Vries finished in eighth place.

Oliver Rowland finished second in his final race for Nissan ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne in third. Andre Lotterer was fourth for Porsche with Sims coming home in fifth place.

Pascal Wehrlein was sixth in the second Porsche ahead of Sam Bird who made a late charge to finish in seventh. De Vries was eighth. Rene Rast came home in ninth in Audi’s final race.

Tom Blomqvist was able to clinch the final point-scoring position of tenth place.

Jean-Eric Vergne came home in 11th for DS Techeetah. Robin Frijns came home in 12th ahead of Alex Lynn, Sebastien Buemi, and Maximilian Gunther.

Joel Eriksson was 16th ahead of Nick Cassidy and Sergio Sette Camara. Oliver Turvey was 19th and Lucas Di Grassi was 20th after he caused Antonio Felix Da Costa’s retirement by forcing him into the wall at Turn 2. Yesterday’s race winner received a drive-through penalty and finished last.

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