Mercedes driver Vandoorne led Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein by a single point going into the weekend’s double-header, but was soon on the back foot. Wehrlein snatched pole position at the Brooklyn street circuit to level up the championship, before going on to win the race – while Vandoorne could only place fourth. That gave the German his third race win in seven events, and a handsome points advantage, but the final race of the season at Berlin was to be a double-points affair.
As Oliver Rowland – who also won the previous race at Berlin, albeit more controversially thanks to interference from an ineligible driver – sprinted away from the start, Vandoorne and Wehrlein were side-by-side through the first corner. However Sebastien Buemi appeared to get a mild hit in turn two, which sent him into Vandoorne and he cannoned into Wehrlein.
That left the German languishing in 21st place, and he’d later get an additional penalty for reversing up the straight while trying to recover his car. Rowland took the race victory, again, with Vandoorne’s second place good enough to claim the title thanks to the double points.
The accompanying sim race challenge saw Slovenian driver Kevin Siggy Rebernak dominate yet again, to take his fifth win of the season. That will earn him a real-world Formula E test.