It was a strong opening race for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team on Saturday. Stoffel Vandoorne set the quickest qualifying lap in his group and made it into the final round where he was just pipped to pole position and subsequently started the race from P2; the fourth front row start of his Formula E season. Nyck de Vries was narrowly beaten in the semi-finals of qualifying and so lined up in P3 on the grid, just behind his teammate.
Stoffel got off to a good start in the race and held onto P2, hunting down the leader throughout and eventually crossing the finish line in second place after 37 laps of racing. This was Stoffel’s seventh podium of the season. Nyck was also quick off the mark and defended his P3 position right behind the two race leaders. He briefly forfeited P3 but fought hard to reclaim the position by undercutting his opponent in Attack Mode, finishing the race with a duel to the end and crossing the line in P3. After the end of the race, Nyck was handed a 5-second time penalty for defending his position on the straight with more than one move before Turn 1 and subsequently fell back to a P6 result.
Nyck progressed to the duel stages of qualifying ahead of Saturday’s race but was eliminated in the quarter-finals to begin the race in P5. Stoffel missed out on the knock-out stages and began the race from P13 on the grid.
After defending his position at the start of the race, Nyck was tactical in his use of his two Attack Modes and moved up to the frontrunners in the race. Eventually, he crossed the finish line in P3, just 1.3 seconds off the driver in second place. This was Nyck’s third podium finish of the season, and the team’s 21st podium in Formula E. Stoffel gained an early position in the race and then continued to battle through to make his way up the grid and finally crossed the finish line in P4 just behind his teammate. He made up a total of nine positions throughout the race.
Following the weekend of racing in London, Stoffel continues to lead the Drivers’ World Championship by thirty-six points going into the season’s double-header finale, and Nyck is in eighth place overall. The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team now have a thirty-five-point lead in the Team Championship as they look ahead to Seoul in less than two weeks.
Ian James, Team Principal of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, spoke after the weekend with a renewed sense of determination and focus going into the final rounds of the season: “We are now almost at the end of the season, with just one race weekend and two races to go. We have a small advantage to our competitors – in both teams’ and drivers’ standings, but this is Formula E and anything can happen. There is no excuse and no margin for mistakes; it is going to be full focus, delivering another weekend in which we are on the case every single session, every single lap.”
In less than two weeks’ time, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team will be back on track for the inaugural Seoul E-Prix, where they’ll be looking to hold onto their championship leads and take home the trophies!
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