Coming off a strong result for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team in Monaco, they will be looking to cement their lead in the Driver and Team Standings as they head into back-to-back races in Berlin. The double-header race has crucial points on offer, and promises to deliver in terms of excitement at this midway point in the ABB FIA Formula E Season 8 Championship. The team are aiming to have another competitive weekend and are being careful to not take for granted their position at the top of the leader board.
The formation of the two races will differ, with Round 7 on the Saturday running a traditional anti-clockwise layout and Round 8 turning around to race in the opposite direction. The circuit runs at 2.355km and the top speed down the main straight will be 220 km/h, at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.
The current Championship leader, driver Stoffel Vandoorne spoke positively towards the potential outcome of the race and considered the location as “a circuit where things can go wrong if you don’t get the car in the right window. The old airfield’s tarmac is pretty unique, so it’s super important to get the car in a window where it goes well. If we can achieve that, then we should be able to compete up front again, and hopefully, come away with a good haul of points.” His teammate Nyck de Vries also commented on his enthusiasm for a familiar hunting ground for the team: “It’s good to be back racing again this soon, on a track that historically has suited us well as a team. I personally have fond memories of Berlin, so can’t wait to get back on track.”
For the first-time ever, the Berlin E-Prix will be totally powered by renewable energy, concentrating in on the message of the sport and why we race in these cities for a more sustainable future. Germany is aiming to cut its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, compared with 2008, a goal highlighting the focus on renewable energy in the country.
Team Principal of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, Ian James, commented on his hopes for the Berlin race, fresh off the team’s victory in Monaco: “We are setting off to Berlin for the next two rounds of this World Championship on a high. However, we won’t let that high distract us from our ultimate goal: we know we still have a lot of races to go and the level of competition will only get higher by the day.”
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Season 8 of ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will electrify Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May.