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Vandoorne wins 2022 Method E title; Mahindra on podium | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Mercedes-EQ wraps up its Method E outings with second-straight groups’ title.

Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes-EQ sealed the 2022 Method E title on the season finale in Seoul. Mercedes closed its Method E chapter on a excessive word, having clinched the groups’ championship for the second yr working. From subsequent yr, McLaren will take over the crew’s operations.

Mahindra Racing had been additionally in a position to finish the season with a robust consequence as Oliver Rowland scored the crew’s first podium end.

  • Mahindra and Rowland rating their first podium of 2022
  • Vandoorne beats Evans to win the title
  • Evans and Mortara wins Seoul E-Prix

Podium for Mahindra in Race 1

Rowland confirmed nice management in moist situations to land pole place. With the circuit nonetheless moist for the race begin, he struggled to get away cleanly off the road. Jaguar’s Mitch Evans moved into the lead, as Rowland dropped to 3rd behind Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi – who’s transferring to Mahindra subsequent season.

Evans went on to win the incident-packed race, consuming away at Vandoorne’s championship result in take the title battle right down to the final race. However Rowland managed to cross di Grassi to complete second and hand Mahindra Racing their first podium end in what has been a troublesome season for the Indian squad.

“The race was tough. Overtaking is troublesome on this monitor particularly originally after we couldn’t use a lot vitality. So, getting Lucas again on the primary lap was key to sustaining the second-place consequence,” Rowland defined.

“It’s a disgrace concerning the begin as a result of with the problem overtaking it may have been a possible win. At one level, I began to use strain on Mitch [Evans] however then had a close-call with the wall so had a phrase with myself, determined to be wise and took second place. I feel the crew nailed the set-up and technique.”

Vandoorne seals title as Mortara wins race

Vandoorne and Mercedes-EQ could not have had too many headline-grabbing highs to talk of this season. However what they did show was unbelievable consistency. Fittingly so, he was in a position to seal the title in Mercedes’ final Method E race.

Out at entrance, Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara pulled off a profitable overtake on DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa to take the lead. He managed the hole and his automotive’s vitality completely to win the final race in Method E’s Gen2 period.

A second place end was sufficient for Vandoorne to win the championship with a complete of 213 factors. “Now we have achieved one thing very particular collectively. Mitch gave every part proper up till the tip – he was all the time there. However ultimately, consistency was the deciding issue: he gained extra races than I did, however I had probably the most podiums,” mentioned Vandoorne.

“As a crew, we have now achieved a degree of consistency that has by no means been seen earlier than in Method E. I’m extremely happy with my crew and our efficiency this season. It’s the proper approach to finish the season, to be on the rostrum within the final race of the season, the 100th E-Prix within the historical past of the sequence, and to win each World Championship titles.”

Evans is second within the drivers’ championship, with 189 factors, whereas Mortara is third with 169 factors.

Method E’s season 9 will now kick off in January 2023. The season will usher in a complete new period, with the introduction of the Gen3 automobiles and loads of new races – together with the Hyderabad E-Prix.

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