After the chequered flag fell on one of the most intense seasons in Formula E history, the championship celebrated the heroes on and off-track at the end of season awards in Berlin.
While the battle for World Championship titles may complete, for now, the fight against climate change remains front-and-centre, and is more pressing than ever with the impacts of rising global temperatures becoming increasingly regular and severe. Created to promote the adoption and development of electric mobility, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is bound in doing its part to raise awareness and tackle inner-city air pollution.
The teams within Formula E are also doing their fair share in the race for clearer air - and together with the Climate Group and their EV100 program which promotes the widespread of electric vehicles, this award is to acknowledge all their efforts.
The winner for Season 6 is Envision Virgin Racing, while Season 7's winner is Mahindra Racing. Envision took an holistic approach to sustainability as a team, with a highlight the introducing its Race Against Climate Change Initiative. Mahindra's flagship achievement was becoming the first Formula E team to to gain three star FIA Sustainability Accreditation back in September.
Over the course of a season, qualifying is always key. With the power to make or break title hopes, the award for the best qualifier - the driver with most Julius Baer Pole Positions to his name - goes to someone who is undoubtedly fast under pressure and can outperform their rivals when only one lap counts.
Extracting the most out of a Formula E car is a delicate balance between outright pace and intelligent energy management - knowing exactly when to push and when to conserve; all amid 23 other world class rivals fighting for points and silverware.
One man stood head and shoulders above the rest this season, with six TAG Heuer Fastest Lap awards - three times as many as his nearest rival.
In Formula E, key strategy calls can come lap after lap, and every one of them counts if a driver and team is to secure points, let alone silverware of World Championship honours.
Formula E is a team game, and it’s the engineers back in the garage who keep a driver’s title hopes alive. That team work and innovation is behind the Modis Engineer of the Year award.
Social media activation has become more important and challenging during the pandemic, and this award celebrates those who have really made an impact with their innovative approach.
The winner of this award created content that really cut through the noise of social media and made a real impact, with Jaguar Racing, ROKIT Venturi Racing and Mahindra Racing all receiving nominations.
The winner was not only a strong creative campaign, but an optimised campaign developed with multiple digital platforms in mind.
Every year, Mahindra takes the opportunity to congratulate someone with in the Formula E family whose work often goes unnoticed or perhaps underappreciated.
Overseeing circuit design at a number of new race locations and ensuring close, all-action racing with plenty of overtaking and real challenges for world class racers is no easy task, let alone amid the ongoing pandemic with the additional challenges that brings.
Formula E completed a 15-race calendar in 2020/21, and each was as exciting as the last. There were a number of new locations, too, not least a world-first indoor-outdoor race around ExCeL London and the city's historic docklands. This person was key in helping make it all happen.
The second winner is instrumental in all sporting matters relating to Formula E at the governing body - someone who has been an important part in enacting the FIA's rules and regulations and in the ongoing development of Gen3's sporting outline.
Formula E was granted FIA World Championship status for Season 7, meaning teams were chasing maiden ABB FIA Formula E Teams' World Championship honours, and the first all-electric FIA World Championship honours.
With the series closer than ever before over Season 7, the title picture and the final destination of the crown would only become clear midway through the final round in Berlin.
In the end, the margin was just four points as Mercedes-EQ pipped Jaguar Racing to top spot, with outgoing champions DS TECHEETAH rounding out the top three.
Breaking through one of the most competitive seasons of all-electric street racing takes ultimate, unrelenting focus, supreme driving talent and a dedicated team.
With 13 drivers in contention heading into the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium Round 15, and four in with a real strong shout of the title, nothing began to be decided in the battle for maiden FIA World Championship honours until shortly after we went green in a dramatic final race of Season 7.
Mercedes-EQ's Nyck de Vries made history by securing the first ABB FIA Formula E World Drivers' Championship and his first Formula E title. Just seven points behind in second was ROKiT Venturi Racing's Edoardo Mortara, while rookie Jake Dennis rounded out an impressive rookie campaign third for BMW i Andretti Motorsport.
Published on 17th August 2021