Formula E heads to Seoul for nail-biting four-way title showdown

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The inaugural Seoul ePrix hosts a thrilling Formula E championship decider this weekend, with four drivers still fighting for the title


This weekend's closing Formula E rounds are set to be hotly contested


The 2021/22 Formula E season comes to an end this weekend with four drivers still vying for the title at the Seoul ePrix.

With 58 points left on offer, Mercedes pilot Stoffel Vandoorne heads into the weekend as title favourite as he holds a 36-point lead over Jaguar’s Mitch Evans.

Just about hanging in there is Edoardo Mortara who trails the championship leader by 41 points, as well as Jean-Eric Vergne who is 57 points behind Vandoorne.

The teams’ championship is also up for grabs with Mercedes, Venturi, DS Techeetah and Jaguar all in the title picture.

Each squad has one of the top four drivers racing for them and it is Vandoorne’s Mercedes currently leading the way by 36 points ahead of Mortara’s Venturi.


Vandoorne is in prime position to claim the title


While eyes will mainly be on the title fight, this weekend also marks an end to the current era of Formula E.

Next season is a fresh start for the all-electric series, and the Gen3 cars coming in are the fastest Formula E machines yet, capable of reaching 200mph, while also being smaller and lighter.

The new era will see McLaren enter the championship, but at the expense of Mercedes who sold its team to the British outfit, so what better way for them to depart Formula E than as champions?


The championship picture 


Evans has the most wins, but has lacked the consistency of Vandoorne


This season has proved consistency is king and Vandoorne wears that crown better than any, scoring points in 13 of the 14 rounds so far and standing on the podium in seven of those.

That’s been the driving factor behind his current championship lead – Vandoorne’s two closest title rivals have more wins than him this season, but just haven’t been able to find the consistency like he has.

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To illustrate, Evans has won three races compared to Vandoorne’s one, but has finished outside of the points on four occasions.

Mortara’s two wins is also accompanied with four point-less finishes, while Vergne is winless and without a point in his last four races.

After a close fight all year, it was the London ePrix last time out which saw Vandoorne put one hand on the championship after a podium and P4 in the two races.

Compare that to his rivals where two of them failed to score points and Evans could only achieve P5 at best, it extended Vandoorne’s championship lead from 11 points to what it is now.

So with all the momentum currently going Vandoorne’s way, it is difficult to see the ex-Formula 1 driver not becoming champion on the weekend.

With two races in Seoul, there is a good chance he wraps up the title on Saturday because simply ignoring how the others do, a win for Vandoorne tomorrow would clinch the championship.

Should he do so on the weekend, that’ll make back-to-back titles for Mercedes with its other driver Nyck de Vries, being the reigning champion.


De Vries could be key in helping Vandoorne to the title


However, languishing all the way down in eighth, his title defence hasn’t been what he hoped for despite winning two races this season.

The Dutchman will still need a strong result in Seoul to help his team close out the title though, while Vandoorne could just play the percentage game this weekend in order to become drivers’ champion.


How the rest of the grid could have an impact


Drivers like London E-Prix winner Jake Dennis could have an impact on the championship outcome


With four drivers still gunning for the title heading into the final weekend, it’s clear Formula E is a very tightly-fought series.

This is emphasised by nine different drivers having qualified on pole this season, with eight of them standing on the podium.

This only furthers the point that there are numerous drivers capable of getting themselves up there, ruffling the feathers of the top four and having an impact on the title picture.

All it takes is for one of them to set a quick lap in qualifying and take pole – where three points get awarded – to potentially leave a title contender out of position with all the work ahead.

One doesn’t need to go far back into the season for an example of that when Jake Dennis claimed pole at the London ePrix, while Vergne in 10th was the highest qualifier of the top four.


Stadium section draws comparison’s with FE’s Mexico City round


In both races, Mortara, just didn’t have the pace to score points, showing just how there is always the potential for an upset in this series.

With Seoul being a new event on the calendar, Formula E is heading into even more of an unknown.

The track holds similarities to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez where, much like the Mexico City layout, it has a couple of long straights and a technical stadium section between Turns 5 and 11.

Even though Vandoorne could well be expected to clinch the title, the qualifying sessions and the race wins really are anybody’s game – a dark horse could easily have an impact on the championship picture.