The riders competing for the runner-up will have to come back from the back of the grid
Stoffel Vandoorne wants to say goodbye to Formula E with a good taste in his mouth. The Belgian driver, who will fly to Barcelona first thing this evening or tomorrow morning to assume the role of McLaren reserve driver in F1, won the pole for the last Formula E race that will be held this same late, like the five immediately before, in Berlin.
This afternoon’s race a special morbid in the fight for the subtitle. A battle in which Oliver Rowland and Jean-Éric Vergne are the best placed on point, but the worst placed on the grid.
The peculiar group classification system means that the best placed in the championship classify in the first group, the one that finds the slowest track, normally they must start from behind on the grid. This is happening today: the six best classified in the championship will occupy the last six places on the grid and yesterday we saw the difficulties that this entails.
As things stand, a major turnaround in the championship standings cannot be ruled out – yes, Da Costa’s crown is already immovable – and even favor the chances of Sébastien Buemi, who is 8th but is only 13 points behind. Rowland and comes out on the front line; even Vandoorne, who is 9th, at 24 points has a minimal option since he has cut three points thanks to his pole.
The grid is somewhat atypical René Rast and Nyck de Vries occupy the second row, while Robin Frijns and Edoardo Mortara are in the third.
The race is unpredictable, although starting from the pole is usually an advantage. And no one would be surprised that being the last race of the championship, without having to think about racing again the next day or the day after tomorrow, some decide to take risks in an attempt to improve their final classification.
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