Vandoorne won the FE Championship, Motara won the final

Vandoorne won the FE Championship, Motara won the final


Vandoorne only needed to finish ahead of Mitch Evans to take the race lead by 21 points and Evans was made easy as he only finished 13th and had work to do to close the gap.

But the Belgian continued his impressive form all year, never putting a foot wrong and cementing the title by bringing home third – Jake Dennis was second when slapped with a five-second grid penalty for a collision with Polyester. Antonio Felix da Costa at 22 years old.

Vandoorne’s title triumph was also complemented by Mercedes’ second successive teams’ title, their highest finish in Formula E in three seasons.

Venturi was hardly in contention for the teams’ championship, though, and Mortara’s victory was the perfect solution to a difficult situation over the previous three races, when the Swiss driver surprisingly dived past Da Costa at the end of the second race to take the lead. Thigh – and followed by Dennis.

He wasted no time in building a lead over Dennis, and the Andretti driver was relatively untroubled in the opening lap of the race. The one-second gap at the end of lap 5 was up to two seconds a few laps later, and continued to grow until the safety car wiped out the advantage.

Maximilian Günther’s Nissan was left on the back straight, after the German suffered damage to his steering wheel, prompting a safety car appearance midway through the race as he needed a recovery vehicle to lift it.

At the end of the race, a long safety car added six minutes and 45 seconds to Mortara’s restart on lap 19 when he snubbed Dennis and went out.

He built enough of a gap to immediately ask for his second attack mode to restore his comfortable lead and helped Da Costa and Dennis beat them on the 22nd lap – Dennis left Andretti’s face in and hit the Portuguese driver into the wall.

The incident was quickly pushed into scrutiny and although Motara was able to extend the gap to more than three seconds, Dennis poured his energies into waiting for a time penalty.

Dennis was given a five-second penalty, which eased the pressure on Mortara and allowed the Geneva-born driver to win his 100th Formula E race.

Consolidating his first championship win since the 2015 GP2 Series, Vandoorne is now 3.7s clear of Mottara.

However, Dennis built up enough of a gap on Robin Frigens in fourth to put him on the podium, while Oliver Askew capped a fine day for Andretti by finishing fifth – giving the American team sixth place in the teams’ championship for next year’s powertrain supplier Porsche.

Jean-Eric Vergne is sixth behind Evans, who finished seventh in a dismal qualifying session with a slim chance for the championship.

Nick Cassidy set the fastest lap to finish eighth ahead of Sébastien Buemi, while Da Costa finished 10th after recovering from a crash on lap 22 – Sergio Sethi Camara was out of the points after weaving in front of Jaguar’s Norman Nato.

Lucas di Grassi continued his puncture penalty and could only finish 11th, severely undermining the Venturi teams’ title chances, while Alexander Sims recovered from a 60th grade penalty to finish his Formula E career in 12th.

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