NEOM: The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team and its Principal Partner NEOM are celebrating a double title win for the German car manufacturer after the final round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Berlin at the weekend.
The championship was still in the balance at the start of the final race of the season, and the German team secured the required points to take them clear of the pack, securing both the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship titles in dramatic style.
With three other rival contenders crashing out during the early stages of the race, Dutchman Nyck de Vries managed to climb up from P13 to P8 to claim the drivers’ title, whilst his Belgian teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, who started from pole position, secured a podium finish at P3.
“We’ve added to over 125 years of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport heritage by winning not only the Drivers’ but also the Teams’ World Championship in Formula E,” Ian James, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Principal said.
“First of all, for Nyck this is testimony to his driving throughout the season, his approach, his hard work and also to the out-and-out racer that he truly is,” he added. “He drove with tenacity and with grit, which has resulted in the situation that we happily find ourselves in today. For the team, this is also indicative of all of the endless hours of work and effort that they have put into developing the car, as well as every other aspect of a team that really is world-class standard. I am proud to call each and every one of them my teammates, and they are deserving of this win.”
The 2021 Formula E season kicked off with a double-header of night races at the Diriyah E-Prix in Riyadh.
The German Team and its Saudi partner had announced their new collaboration ahead of what was the first race of Formula E’s Season 7, with a demonstration run of the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 on the scenic roads of NEOM, the first time an all-electric racing vehicle was driven in the Saudi coastal city.
“What a high note to cap off a fantastic Season 7 for our partnership with the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team,” said Jan Paterson, managing director of sport at NEOM, adding: “They have been hugely impressive right from the first race weekend in Diriyah, all the way to securing this incredible double Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship win in Berlin.”