Mercedes EQ driver Stoffel Vandoorne expressed his disappointment at the “bumper car” crashes in Formula E, which makes the sport look “quite amateur.”
Vandoorne himself was in contention for a win until he was knocked out of the race lead. which was an absolutely gut-wrenching disappointment for the Belgian driver, who lost the lead earlier to Lucas di Grassi, who had controversially driven through the pit lane during a Safety Car period.
Vandoorne was knocked out of second place, which would have been a victory after di Grassi was black-flagged, after a sizeable hit from Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland in the turn 10 hairpin.
Despite Rowland admitting fault for the incident, Vandoorne has said that it makes no difference as his emotional pain supersedes whatever has happened that day.
“It felt quite amateur out there, seeing all the bodywork left, right, center, everywhere,” Vandoorne said. “It felt more like bumper cars than anything else.
“I just can’t hide it. It just really bloody hurt. You’re leading the race, everything under control.”
Vandoorne heads into the Berlin doubleheader season finale 13th in the championship standings after finishing 15th in race 2 of the London E-Prix, in a race that was a living nightmare for Vandoorne.
“I’ve spoken with Ollie [Rowland], and he takes the blame fully. He said he was out of control. He never would have made the corner and completely locked up the brakes,” Vandoorne explained. “Everything was under control. It’s massively frustrating.
“There’s no one in the team that we can blame. We showed today that I was the quickest guy on the track.”