Stoffel Vandoorne, Nyck de Vries will represent Mercedes in Formula E
Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team represented its race car for manufacturer’s inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship and revealed two drivers for the incoming season – Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries.
Former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne will represent Mercedes in his second Formula E season after he spent the previous season with HWA Racelab. On the other side, Dutchman Nyck de Vries will start the 2019/2020 FE campaign parallel to his Formula 2 commitments.
Currently, he leads in the F2 championship after ten rounds and with two more events on the calendar. He will make Formula E on November 22-23 in Saudi Arabia and then, a week later, he will fight for F2 title in season’s finale at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Taking on the role of Team Principal is seasoned Mercedes boss Ian James. With experience across the board with the marque, James will be tasked with seeing the team through its debut season in Formula E, going up against rivals BWM, Audi and Porsche. In Stoffel and Nyck, we have recruited two formidable and adaptable drivers who can continue to learn and grow with us in our Formula E debut season.
“At Mercedes-Benz, we can look back on 125 years in motor racing. However, we know that Formula E is very different from any other series we have ever competed in. We are doing everything we can to ensure success, but we also have enough humility to realise that we have a steep learning curve ahead of us,” says Ian James.
After building on the learnings from a season as HWA Racelab, the Mercedes-Benz squad will still hand over the responsibility for managing the cars on race weekends to the Affalterbach-based developer. The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team also receives support from the reigning Formula One constructors champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, at Brackley.
But it’s not all about the wheel-to-wheel battles on track. Like Formula E, the Mercedes will be looking to translate its learnings from the inner-city circuits to its electric mobility on the road, in the form of its EQ branded cars.
“Formula E brings all the enthusiasm and passion for racing to city centres, which is an absolutely unique concept. This makes the series a completely new playing field for us. But we are looking forward to the challenge of demonstrating the performance of our intelligent battery-electric drives in motorsport as well, and of giving a positive boost to the EQ brand. In Formula E, we have the opportunity to speak to a younger target group that has an interest in the future of mobility, particularly in the inner-city areas of major metropolises,” says Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff.