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Formula E

Formula E finale: Who can still win the title?

Anything could happen on Sunday afternoon in Berlin as Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship comes to a conclusion. Which drivers are still in the hunt for the title? RacingNews365.com tells the story.

Formula E Berlin start
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Remarkably, 14 drivers are still mathematically in contention to become the first Formula E World Champion with just one race remaining.

Mercedes’ Nyck de Vries is at the top of the standings, despite not scoring in race one in Berlin, with a slim three-point lead over Edoardo Mortara of Venturi.

Jake Dennis, Mitch Evans and Robin Frijns are all within six points of De Vries meaning if any of the top five drivers in the championship win the race, they will become champion – providing none of them pick up any of the points on offer in qualifying.

That's because in Formula E you get one point for topping qualifying at the end of the group phase, plus three points to the pole sitter who goes quickest in superpole.

Just like in Formula 1, there is an extra point during the race for the fastest lap with the normal FIA points system of 25 points for the winner, 18 for second, 15 for third, all the way down to a solitary point for the 10th place driver.

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Formula E 2020/21 Drivers' Championship

Position Driver Team Points
1 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ 95
2 Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing 92
3 Jake Dennis BMW i Andretti Motorsport 91
4 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 90
5 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 89
6 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 87
7 Antonio Felix da Costa DS Techeetah 86
8 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing 81
9 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah 80
10 Alex Lynn Mahindra Racing 78
11 Nick Cassidy Envision Virgin Racing 76
12 Rene Rast Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 75
13 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche 71
14 Maximilian Gunther BMW i Andretti Motorsport 66
15 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz 63

The importance of qualifying

With the top 10 drivers split by just 17 points, it will be crucial to qualify towards the front of the pack. Normally, the six drivers in Group 1 are hindered because they have to sweep up the track and the circuit evolves quickly for the following three groups.

But, Saturday's running suggested track evolution won't be much of a problem, so it will all come down to small mistakes and nailing the setup for one flying lap.

If Lucas di Grassi can double up and make it two wins from two in Berlin, he will have a brilliant chance of winning the title. Di Grassi's race efficiency was excellent but the Berlin track will be reversed for the finale, so he may not have the same pace he showed on Saturday.

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa lies in seventh place, but is just nine points behind De Vries. Da Costa will also be in Group 2 and was mighty in qualifying for race one. If DS Techeetah have solved their race pace issues, Da Costa is arguably favourite despite having six drivers in front of him in the standings.

Sam Bird and Jean Eric Vergne are eighth and ninth. They would almost certainly have to win the race to give them a good shot at the title, simply due to the number of points they would have to overhaul from multiple drivers.

Maximilian Gunther is the final driver in mathematical contention but would need to take the four bonus points from qualifying before the race begins at 15:30 CET.

Realistically, the championship will be won from a driver in the top nine which is still extraordinary after 14 drama-filled rounds.

The 2021 Formula E finale in Berlin promises to be a thriller.

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