Saturday started with a tricky qualifying session for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, with both Team Drivers beginning the session in Group 1 at the famously low-grip track.
Although he started the race in P15 on the grid, Stoffel Vandoorne was unlucky on the first lap of the race in Turn 6, where he was held up by debris from an earlier collision. The Team’s energy management throughout the race was impressive, but Stoffel Vandoorne suffered a further collision on the approach to Turn 10 and was forced to retire the car.
Nyck de Vries started at the back of the field, having only had 50% of maximum power allowed for half of his qualifying lap, and took a 10-second time penalty as the Team made necessary changes to his electric Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02. Unfortunately, the appearance of the safety car was too late in the race for an advantage to be gained. Although Nyck de Vries did everything he could with the Team, it was not possible to improve, and his race ended in retirement also.
The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team are now working hard in the mid-season break for a strong return for Round 8 of the FIA ABB Formula E World Championship Season 7 which will be hosted in Puebla, Mexico,. They continue to lead the Team Standings, and Nyck de Vries sits in P2 in the Driver Standings, with Stoffel Vandoorne only 9 points behind in P6. Let’s hope that’s the last of the bad luck for this season!
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