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Drivers world champion Nyck de Vries, Mercedes-Benz EQ, on the podium
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Formula E Berlin E-Prix II
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How de Vries claimed Formula E title glory as Mercedes exit bombshell looms

As Formula E lined up to complete its seventh season at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, all eyes were on who would be its first official FIA world champion. Despite Nyck de Vries' title lead heading into the weekend looking all but secure, the Dutchman held on - and enjoyed a good dollop of fortune - to secure a championship double for Mercedes

An FIA world championship. A drivers’ and teams’ title double for Mercedes. It’s a phenomenon that has become almost commonplace in motorsport since 2014. But none of the manufacturer’s commanding Formula 1 achievements have arrived in quite the same dramatic fashion as that of Nyck de Vries sealing the 2021 Formula E crown last weekend.

This was a driver whose pre-event six-point cushion atop the standings looked perilously slender when he qualified only 19th for the first race of the Berlin E-Prix double-header season finale. But even de Vries, who has beaten Max Verstappen to become the first-ever Dutch FIA world champion, would “not deny that the picture could have been worse” when he emerged at Tempelhof Airport still holding a three-point advantage after a round won by Lucas di Grassi.

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