|2021 Berlin E-Prix II|
The Tempelhofring was reversed for the final race of 2020/21.
|Date||15 August 2021|
|E-Prix No.||84 (15 of 2020/21)|
|Official Name||2021 BMW i Berlin E-Prix II presented by CBMM Niobium|
|Location|| Tempelhofring R|
Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany
|Format||45 min + 1 Lap|
|Lap length||2.355 km (1.476 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps / 84.780 km (52.680 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Stoffel Vandoorne|
|Team||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team|
|Team||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler|
|Fastest Lap||1:08.486 on lap 27|
|Norman Nato||Oliver Rowland||Stoffel Vandoorne|
|Winner Team||ROKiT Venturi Racing|
|2021 Berlin E-Prix I||2022 Diriyah E-Prix I|
The 2021 Berlin E-Prix II, formally known as the 2021 BMW i Berlin E-Prix II presented by CBMM Niobium, was the fifteenth and final race of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged on the reversed Tempelhofring circuit in Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany on 15 August 2021. The race would serve as the title decider for the 2020/21 season, with fourteen drivers and six teams within mathematical contention for the inaugural FE Drivers' and Teams' World Championships.
Qualifying saw Stoffel Vandoorne secure pole position for the finale, although the Belgian racer, as well as fellow front row starter Oliver Rowland, were not in title contention. Mitch Evans would instead be the best of the title pretenders in third, with Jake Dennis the next major pretender in ninth, while Championship leader Nyck de Vries would start from thirteenth.
There would, however, be an immediate change to the complexion of the title fight right at the start of the race, as Evans suffered a failure right as the lights went out. The #20 Jaguar was subsequently hit hard by another title challenger in the form of Edoardo Mortara, leaving both cars with heavy damage in the middle of the start/finish straight.
A red flag was thrown to clear the incident, although fortunately both Evans and Mortara would walk away from the scene without issue, with both taken to hospital as a precaution. After 30 minutes the race resumed behind the Safety Car, with Vandoorne sweeping into the lead with Rowland in tow, while Dennis was left as the main title protagonist, only to slam into the barriers in turn one after an unspecified issue.
With Dennis now out, with the #27 BMW-Andretti removed under a Full Course Yellow, de Vries was left as the Champion elect in eighth place, with all of his main challengers left in the field behind him on track. With the title fight essentially set for the time being attention focused on the fight for the race lead, with Norman Nato the first of the lead group to arm Attack Mode.
That AM exchanges would ultimately see Nato emerge in the lead, while Vandoorne tumbled from the lead to sixth, even briefly falling to teammate de Vries. Nato, meanwhile, would simply pull clear in the #71 ROKiT Venturi at the head of the field, while Rowland scrapped for second with Alexander Sims.
Nato's lead would then be wiped out by another Safety Car, which was needed to remove António Félix da Costa from the barriers at turn two after he was elbowed into them by Lucas di Grassi. At the restart Nato would be caught out by a late call to restart the race, with Rowland almost able to take advantage before settling back into second.
The SC period allowed Vandoorne to regroup, with the Belgian racer duly charging back up into the podium positions, bypassing teammate de Vries as the Dutchman tried and failed to lunge at Sims. de Vries soon found himself elbowed down to seventh behind both of the Porsches, with Vandoorne also surviving a brush with André Lotterer in that exchange.
Onto the final lap and de Vries had all but secured the title, and hence would risk a lunge at Pascal Wehrlein for sixth into turn four. That lunge failed and instead allowed Sam Bird to sweep past for seventh having started the lap in tenth as, up ahead, Lotterer surged past Sims for fourth and Vandoorne had one last look at passing Rowland.
Out front, meanwhile, Nato would sweep across the line to secure his maiden victory, two seconds clear of Rowland and Vandoorne. Lotterer was next up ahead of Sims, Wehrlein and Bird, while eighth place for de Vries was more than enough for the Dutchman to secure the title as his closest challengers all failed to score. That result, combined with Vandoorne's podium, would also earn Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team the Teams' World Championship, while René Rast claimed the final fastest lap point for Audi at their final race in ninth ahead of Tom Blomqvist.
For the final race of the 2020/21 Formula E World Championship the Series would use the reversed version of the Tempelhofring, setup in the confines of Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany. The decision to reverse the circuit was to keep all twelve teams and their respective drivers on their toes, and would be the only significant change to the circuit. Indeed, the Attack Mode activation zone would remain in the second sector, now at the corner labelled as turn five, while the order of the pit garages in the pitlane would likewise remain unchanged.
Au-xit and BMW-xit
The Berlin finale would also prove to be the final races for two of FE's manufacturers, with both Audi and BMW calling time on their factory supported Formula E programmes at the end of the season. For Audi, the decision to leave was made due to their decision to return to the World Endurance Championship, alongside an assault on the Dakar Rally. BMW, meanwhile, would proclaim that they had 'exhausted the opportunities' that the series provided to them, and were instead evaluating entries in prototypes instead.
Audi's exit would also result in ABT Sportsline leaving the Championship at the end of the season, the German squad having tried and failed to secure Audi's entry in the series due to a failed commercial deal to fund the programme. However, Audi would still be represented on the grid in 2021/22 by Envision Virgin Racing, who had signed a multi-year deal to use customer Audi powertrains until the end of the Generation 2 era. Likewise, BMW would also still have powertrains in service for the final season of Gen 2, with Andretti Formula E set to continue using the iFE.21, albeit without factory support.
The Famous Fourteen
Ahead of the final race of the inaugural FE World Championship no fewer than fourteen drivers would enter the race with a mathematical chance of taking the title. Heading the charge was Nyck de Vries on 95 points, while Maximilian Günther in fourteenth was the last of those who could win the title with 66 points. Furthermore, the top seven in the Championship were split by just nine points, the top ten by seventeen, with a myriad of permutations meaning any of those drivers could feasibly claim the title.
The Teams' Championship was equally tight ahead of the finale, with a maximum 48 points in play for the final race of the season, meaning six teams were still in contention. Jaguar Racing headed the charge on 171 points, five ahead of DS Techeetah, while Envision Virgin were just a point further back in third. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler were next up, just three further back, and just four ahead of Mercedes, while BMW i Andretti Motorsport were fourteen off the lead in sixth to round out the pretenders.
The full entry list for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix II is displayed below:
Qualifying for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix II would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position. The first group would feature those in the top six in the Championship and so on, with each group getting six minutes on track to set a full 250 kW lap. The top six overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, getting one final lap at full power to try and claim pole position.
After the session a point would be handed to the fastest driver in the Group Stage, while three were to be awarded to the winner of Super Pole.
The final qualifying result for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix II are outlined below:
|2021 Berlin E-Prix II Qualifying Result|
|2nd||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||1:06.925||+0.131s||2||G3|
|3rd||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:07.010||+0.216s||3||G1|
|4th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:07.041||+0.247s||4||G3|
|5th||88||Tom Blomqvist||NIO 333 FE Team||1:07.106||+0.312s||5||G4|
|NC||71||Norman Nato||ROKiT Venturi Racing||—||6||G4|
|2nd||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||1:06.711||+0.033s||SP||G3|
|3rd||71||Norman Nato||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:06.806||+0.128s||SP||G4|
|4th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:06.887||+0.209s||SP||G3|
|5th||88||Tom Blomqvist||NIO 333 FE Team||1:06.916||+0.238s||SP||G4|
|6th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:07.083||+0.405s||SP||G1|
|7th||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.088||+0.410s||7||G3|
|8th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:07.100||+0.422s||8||G4|
|9th||27||Jake Dennis||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:07.106||+0.428s||9||G1|
|10th||99||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.114||+0.436s||10||G3|
|11th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.139||+0.461s||11||G1|
|12th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:07.150||+0.472s||12||G4|
|13th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:07.162||+0.484s||13||G1|
|14th||94||Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing||1:07.164||+0.486s||14||G2|
|15th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:07.177||+0.499s||15||G2|
|16th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:07.190||+0.512s||16||G2|
|17th||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:07.209||+0.531s||17||G1|
|18th||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:07.227||+0.549s||18||G3|
|19th*||33||René Rast||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:07.268||+0.590s||PL*||G2|
|20th||8||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||1:07.300||+0.622s||20||G4|
|21st||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||1:07.325||+0.647s||21||G1|
|22nd||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||1:07.365||+0.687s||22||G2|
|23rd||6||Joel Eriksson||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:07.461||+0.783s||23||G4|
|24th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||1:07.980||+1.302s||24||G2|
|110% Time: |
- * Rast would start the race from the pitlane.
The final classification of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:
|2021 Berlin E-Prix II Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||71||Norman Nato||ROKiT Venturi Racing||36||1:11:57.152||1:08.639||25|
|2nd||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||36||+2.270s||1:09.138||18|
|4th||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||36||+7.105s||1:09.487||12|
|5th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||36||+8.453s||1:09.223||10|
|6th||99||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||36||+8.847s||1:08.982||8|
|7th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||36||+10.473s||1:08.603||6|
|8th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||36||+11.108s||1:08.812||4|
|9th||33||René Rast||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||36||+12.189s||1:08.486||3|
|10th||88||Tom Blomqvist||NIO 333 FE Team||36||+12.679s||1:09.219||1|
|11th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||36||+13.437s||1:08.800|
|12th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||36||+13.748s||1:09.069|
|13th||94||Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing||36||+14.366s||1:09.170|
|14th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||36||+14.692s||1:09.439|
|15th||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||36||+15.528s||1:09.175|
|16th||6||Joel Eriksson||Dragon/Penske Autosport||36||+15.940s||1:08.912|
|17th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||36||+16.306s||1:08.967|
|18th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||36||+16.961s||1:09.260|
|19th||8||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||36||+21.076s||1:09.181|
|20th*||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||36||+35.155s||1:08.305|
|Ret||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||21||Collision||1:09.263|
|Ret||27||Jake Dennis||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||2||Accident||—|
|Ret||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||0||Collision||—|
|Ret||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||0||Collision||—|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- G Indicates a driver claimed a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
- * di Grassi set the fastest lap of the race but was ineligible to claim the bonus point as he did not finish in the top ten.
- Nyck de Vries declared as the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for Drivers Champion.
- Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team declared as the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for Teams' Champions.
- Mercedes secured their first title as a manufacturer.
- 84th and final race for ABT Sportsline as an entrant.
- Norman Nato secured his maiden victory.
- Venturi Formula E Team claimed their third win as an entrant.
- Sixth win for Mercedes as a powertrain supplier.
Nyck de Vries was declared as the inaugural Formula E World Champion after the chaotic finale to the season, the Dutchman having scored 99 points for the campaign. Edoardo Mortara would end the campaign in second after his start-line shunt, while Jake Dennis completed the top three, eight off the victor. Mitch Evans and Robin Frijns rounded out the top five, as all 25 drivers to have entered the 2020/21 season having scored during the campaign.
In the Teams' Championship the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team secured the honours on the final day, having claimed 183 points and two wins. Jaguar Racing would end the season in second, just six off the Champions, while DS Techeetah claimed third on 170. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler bowed out of FE in fourth, level with customers Envision Virgin Racing in fifth, while BMW i Andretti Motorsport completed the top half of the table.
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|2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship|
|Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler • BMW i Andretti Motorsport • Dragon/Penske Autosport • DS Techeetah • Envision Virgin Racing • Jaguar Racing • Mahindra Racing • Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team • NIO 333 FE Team • Nissan e.Dams • ROKiT Venturi Racing • TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team|
|Audi • BMW • DS • Jaguar • Mahindra & Mahindra • Mercedes-Benz • NIO • Nissan • Penske • Porsche|
|Audi e-tron FE07 • BMW iFE.21 • DS E-Tense FE20 • DS E-Tense FE 21 • Jaguar I-Type V • Mahindra M7Electro • Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 • NIO 333 FE 001 • Nissan IM02 • Nissan IM03 • Penske EV-4 • Penske EV-5 • Porsche 99X Electric|
|4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Nico Müller/Joel Eriksson • 7 Sérgio Sette Câmara • 8 Oliver Turvey • 10 Sam Bird • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 13 António Félix da Costa • 17 Nyck de Vries • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Jake Dennis • 28 Maximilian Günther • 29 Alexander Sims • 33 René Rast • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 71 Norman Nato • 88 Tom Blomqvist • 94 Alex Lynn • 99 Pascal Wehrlein|
|Diriyah I • Diriyah II • Rome I • Rome II • Valencia I • Valencia II • Monaco • Puebla I • Puebla II • New York City I • New York City II • London I • London II • Berlin I • Berlin II|
|Marrakesh E-Prix • Mexico City E-Prix • Paris E-Prix • Santiago E-Prix • Sanya E-Prix • Seoul E-Prix|
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