Nyck de Vries says he “might suffer” in the Berlin season finale as a consequence of taking the Formula E points lead with two rounds to go.
In most motorsport series, the points leader at this stage would likely be the title favourite, but de Vries recognises that’s not always necessarily the case in Formula E.
After spending much of the season qualifying from Group 1, de Vries dropped into the more favourable Group 2 following non-scores in both New York rounds, but back-to-back podiums in London has now ensured he’ll return to Group 1 in Berlin – something de Vries was keen to avoid.
“If I drop back in Group 2 for the second day [In Berlin] I think that will be an ideal scenario, but if I’m stuck in Group 1 for [both races], I might suffer,” de Vries said.
“Everyone is super competitive and everyone is super tight. If you leave a tenth or two on the table, the track evolution is enough to put you out of the top 10 [on the grid].”
Despite taking the lead of the championship, de Vries was unhappy with how the London E-Prix weekend panned out for himself or teammate Stoffel Vandoorne. De Vries secured second after Vandoorne was hit out by Oliver Rowland, an incident that prompted criticism from the Dutchman who said his teammate “deserved to win”.
Speaking of his own performance, de Vries said he was also “not entirely happy” despite collecting his largest points haul of the season so far and that his performance on Sunday “did not feel right”.
“Sometimes you finish P7 and you’re happy with your performance and today we finished P2 and I’m not entirely happy and satisfied with my personal performance and also our execution,” said de Vries.
“I was pushing hard to close the gap and to put pressure on Alex [Lynn] but because we’re staying almost flat until braking [and] because the energy targets were so high at the end, there was no chance to come alongside him.
“It’s the second attack mode that just caught us out. That was not nice to get the safety car and then I was vulnerable when the safety car came back in and then the others were in Attack Mode. So yeah, it just did not feel right.”