Round 1, Friday:

It was a near perfect start for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team in Round 1 and the Season 8 opener on Friday. The new qualifying format saw both drivers winning their respective quarter-final duals, and eventually Stoffel Vandoorne advanced to the final beating his teammate by four tenths of a second. Stoffel won the final showdown and secured his sixth career pole position, with Nyck de Vries just behind him on the second row in P3.

Despite starting the race in P1 and leading until the safety car, which was deployed 33 minutes before the end of the race returned to the pits, Stoffel lost his lead to teammate Nyck at the ATTACK MODE activation loop during the second round of the 30KW boosts. Nyck made a solid start to the race and overtook second-place Jake Dennis, of the Avalanche Andretti Team, almost immediately. After then taking the lead from Stoffel, he defended his position to the finish, claiming his third win in ABB FIA Formula E and his second in Diriyah.

Round 2, Saturday:

After a faultless race in Round 1, Nyck de Vries fought hard to reach the final qualifying battle on Saturday and pipped Edoardo Mortara by five thousandths of a second to claim his second Pole Position in ABB FIA Formula E.

From his start in pole position, Nyck was leading the front pack into the final segment of the race. Contact in Turn 19, however, meant he dropped back down to P10 where he finished the race. Stoffel began the E-Prix from P12 on the grid, finishing qualifying in P6 in his group. He gained multiple early positions in the race and climbed to the top ten to finish in P7 after a late Safety Car appearance.

Season 8:

Speaking after the double-header race in Diriyah, Team Principal Ian James looked ahead to the next race in Mexico City: “We will spend time analysing the data and ensuring that we improve going forwards. This team knows how to bounce back and I’m already looking forward to the next race in Mexico, in two weeks’ time. Looking back at our time in Diriyah, it’s good to go home after the first two rounds of the season with a healthy collection of points.”

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team head to Mexico with 57 points, just behind the championship leaders with 58 points. Let’s get ready for Round 3!

Vestas Forecaster results:

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