Race 1, Friday:
Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship kicked off on Friday evening with Formula E’s first ever night races – and both Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Drivers, Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne, were clearly ready for action after a long break from racing.
Nyck got off to a fantastic start to the weekend, and sailed all the way to the podium on Friday evening. Posting the best times in each of Friday’s sessions from free practice all the way through qualifying and super pole, he secured the pole position for the first time in his Formula E career. On the back of this start, he strode smoothly into his first ever Formula E victory.
Stoffel was less lucky from the outset, starting out in Group 1 in qualifying on a dirty track, and thus having to settle for a P15 starting position on the grid. Nevertheless, he gave a strong showing and made up seven places throughout the race to finish in the race in eighth place overall – a solid performance given that the complicated Diriyah circuit made overtaking particularly complex. He also set the fastest time of the Friday race (1:09.583 minutes on Lap 30 of 32).
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Race 2, Saturday:
The second race proved more difficult for the Team on all fronts, but just as eventful. Edoardo Mortara of Venturi Racing, a customer team competing with Mercedes-EQ powered cars, crashed following free practice in what initially appeared to be an issue with the braking system. The FIA thus stopped both Venturi Racing and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team from participating in qualifying as a safety precaution. With no injuries and a thorough analysis from the Team confirming no safety risks at hand, all four Mercedes-EQ powered cars were able to take part in the evening’s race.
However, Nyck and Stoffel started out the race from the back of the grid, in P20 and P22 respectively and both struggled to make up for lost time. Nyck showed strong pace and was able to gain several positions, ending the race in P9. Stoffel faced more difficulty in making up time, but still managed to gain a few positions to ultimately place in P13.
After an eventful start to the season, Nyck and Stoffel are in P1 and P15 respectively in the Driver Standings, with the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team in a solid P2 in the Team Standings.
Vestas Forecaster results:
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