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Nyck De Vries wins Formula E drivers’ championship after three title rivals crash out of deciding race

MERCEDES’ Nyck de Vries won the Formula E drivers’ championship after three of his title rivals crashed out of the final race of the season in Berlin.

Two title contenders were wiped out instantly at the start of the race when Mitch Evans’ car did not move when the lights went out as his rival Edoardo Mortara smashed into the back of his stationary Jaguar.

Nyck de Vries punched the air after claiming the title

This left Brit Jake Dennis with a huge chance to clinch the title but he then crashed out after the restart of the race.

De Vries hung on to eighth place to wrap up the title as his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished third, meaning Mercedes won the teams’ title.

The Dutchman said: “I think we drove an incredible race. 

“It’s been such a tough season with highs and lows. Everything came down to the last race.

“We had a lot of fortune on our side today with everything that happened.”

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Mercedes’ FE chief Ian James highlighted the ups and downs his team have faced in their second season.

He said: “Today was pretty much the peak of peak. 

“much like Nyck it’s going to take a while [for me] to settle in I because this series is designed in such a way that you never know what’s going to happen. 

“If we look back at the season there were some mistakes of our own making, that’s for sure, there were times when we were unlucky as others have been as well, but ultimately it’s come good in the end. 

“If I think about from a Mercedes-Benz’s perspective, we’ve got 127 years in motorsport heritage and again to be the first world champions here, we are going to be savouring that for a while.”

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