Formula E boss criticizes German manufacturers

Here Mercedes wins two world titles

The season didn’t start as expected in Brackley, Brixton and Stuttgart. But she got better and better, podium places have been taken almost regularly lately. We are of course talking about the Mercedes AMG F1.

But for sports director Toto Wolff and the Mercedes community, 2022 will still bring two world titles, that much can already be said. Because on the farewell tour of the Mercedes EQ team in the Formula E World Championship, after the double in London at the weekend, only the two races in mid-August at the new Seoul venue remain to be completed, and both trophies are within reach for the silver winners:

Because Stoffel Vandoorne, who had to bow to team-mate Nyck de Vries last year, comes to Korea with a 36-point lead over Jaguar driver Mitch Evans – where there are still two 29 points up for grabs. In the Constructors’ Championship, the defending champions also have 36 points on the Mercedes-powered Rokit Venturi team of Wolff’s wife Susie and Ferdinand Habsburg’s brother-in-law Jérome d’Ambrosio.

“Amazing Ride” in London

The spectacle in London’s ExCeL site with two-thirds of the indoor track did not bring victory for Mercedes, but important points. Vandoorne was a big winner, finishing second on Saturday and fourth on Sunday, although day wins went to Jake Dennis (Andretti) and Lucas di Grassi (Venturi). Remarkable: The “youngest” FE winner di Grassi is also the first in FE history after winning the opening race in Beijing eight years ago. And the ex-F1 driver, who also became a long-distance specialist, now not only has 13 victories in eight years in the electric series (number one, level with Sébastien Buemi), but also 994 points – which should complete the thousand in Seoul.

After being placed on the last row in the first London E-Prix, the Brazilian, who turns 38 two days before the 15th and penultimate round of the season, stormed into ninth place. In the second heat he was no longer threatened after the second loop by Jake Dennis’ “Attack Mode” and briefly made the team forget the missed title chance of three-time winner of the season Edo Mortara, for whom London became a disaster (zero points).

“To win again eight years after the first win and five years after the title is tremendous. How time flies…”, confessed di Grassi. In theory, Mortara is still in the World Championship race as third, 41 points behind Vandoorne.

Vandoorne called the weekend an “amazing ride” and a “great comeback”. But he doesn’t want to talk about the world title: “We’ll stay on the ground, even if the lead looks comfortable. Mitch (Evans) showed in Rome that he can win twice in a row. So we don’t take anything for granted .”

Evans’ chances ‘are not very good’

In Jake Dennis – who was Ferdinand Habsburg’s 2019 DTM team-mate at R-Motorsport (in the Aston Martin Vantage) and is still doing development work for Red Bull Racing – one of the local heroes delighted British fans, but fellow favorite Mitch Evans and his Jaguars The team undoubtedly expected more from the home game.

Because the New Zealander didn’t make it into the play-offs in both qualifying sessions and had to start from the rear of midfield, catching up was the order of the day. The 28-year-old impressively managed to do this on Saturday by advancing from 14th to fifth place, but on Sunday he had to park his electric car three minutes before the end of the race – already in fourth place with a chance of a podium finish.

“Two laps before that, I noticed unusual changes in braking that I had never experienced before. We tried changing settings, but a little later nothing worked and my race was over, although I still managed to pit.”

And before the World Cup final, Evans, who nevertheless improved from third to second place in the table in London, is very realistic: “Mathematically, something is still possible and I won’t give up either. But my chances are not really good.”

The yield in London for Porsche and Nissan was modest. Pascal Wehrlein finished tenth twice, while Porsche colleague André Lotterer was without a point (twice twelfth). At Nissan, Max Günther posted his best result of the season in eighth place in the first race and since he has been driving for the Japanese manufacturer, he had to settle for 15th place in the second race. Colleague Buemi finished sixth after eleventh place (Saturday) in the second E-Prix. And Sergio Sette Cámara experienced that you can also be happy about a ninth place: The ex-Red Bull Junior scored the first points of the season for Dragon Penske on Sunday.


Source: Laola1

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