Formula E: Vandoorne eyeing 'beautiful' end to Mercedes' stint in championship

Stoffel Vandoorne says it would be a ‘beautiful’ end to Mercedes’ current spell in Formula E if they could seal both the Drivers’ and Teams’ championship this weekend in South Korea.

The inaugural Seoul E-Prix hosts the conclusion of season 8 this weekend, with a race to be held on both Saturday and Sunday.

It’s high-stakes stuff for Stoffel Vandoorne, too, with him bidding to seal the Drivers’ title after building a 36-point lead in the standings in recent weeks.

STREETS OF LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 30: Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), Mercedes Benz EQ , 2nd position during the London ePrix I at Streets of London on Saturday July 30, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Galloway / LAT Images)

Mercedes EQ, meanwhile, can win the Teams’ championship for the second year running, having done so last season, whilst Vandoorne winning would also mean a second-straight Drivers’ crown after his team-mate won it last year.

Speaking to the press, including GMS, at a virtual press call, Vandoorne reflected on that and what it would mean with Mercedes bowing out of the sport at the conclusion of this campaign:

“It would be great to pull it off for two years in a row. Nyck [de Vries] won the championship last year and we won the teams’ [championship] and currently we’re leading both championships as well so hopefully we can finish it off in style in Seoul.

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STREETS OF LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 29: Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), Mercedes Benz EQ Track Walk during the London ePrix I at Streets of London on Friday July 29, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)

“Also, because it’s the last race for Mercedes it would be a beautiful end to that story as well. I said at the start of the year I want to give them a good leaving party so hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”

It’s all to play for this weekend, and we’re set up for a thrilling end to what’s been another captivating year of Formula E racing.

Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reaches its conclusion in Seoul, South Korea with a double-header on August 13 and 14, with both races live on terrestrial television on Channel 4 from 07:30 BST.

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