The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team launched their updated livery design on Sunday and confirmed their driver line-up of Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne, ahead of Season 8 testing in Valencia beginning yesterday. The Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia is a location the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team know well and the home of a solid victory this year, where the Team managed a 1-3 result in Round 5. A permanent circuit, which has been home to testing for the past six years, this week’s test will help to indicate the pace for the upcoming season and give all teams the opportunity to test their cars and run through the updated procedures.
Ahead of the test, driver Stoffel Vandoorne looked towards the break and the new year for the team: “We’ve got a lot to accomplish over the winter, perhaps even more than in the past, but let’s just wait and see how it all goes next season!” In the same way as his teammate, driver Nyck de Vries commented on the upcoming season: “A new season always brings fresh challenges and being the reigning champion will spice things up a bit, so I’m really excited at the prospect of going racing again and being in a position to defend our two championship titles.”
The revamped Vestas Race Forecaster will be back up and running for Season 8 and Vestas will continue powering the team in their battle to retain the double World Championship titles.
Ian James, Team Principal of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, spoke of his hopes for the new season and the outlook going into testing: “We’re approaching Season 8 full of excitement and anticipation. We know how close this World Championship is and just how strong the opposition are. It’s going to be another tough battle to the bitter end.” With fresh race locations of Jakarta, Seoul and Vancouver, the all-electric racing series is preparing to take on its busiest and best calendar yet, with sixteen rounds of racing.
The upcoming season will see a shake-up in regulations, with Formula E’s all-electric Gen2 cars able to tap into 220kW of power during races, increasing from 200kW in Season 7. Anything can happen with the cars at the quickest they have ever been, and Attack Mode power boost is also increasing to 250kW from 235kW. A whole new qualifying format will see the introduction of groups and knockout Duels for teams and drivers, guaranteeing drama and on-track action.
Season 8 kicks off in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on 28th – 29th January 2022.