S7_Valencia, Saturday, 24th April 2021 - Sebastian Kawka

Round 5, Saturday:

The racing debut for FIA ABB Formula E World Championship in Spain was one of the most chaotic in Formula E history, with Nyck de Vries taking the victory on the final lap, and teammate Stoffel Vandoorne dramatically climbing up the order to reach the podium in P3.

The Teams saw energy management truly put to the test as the race continued for a lap longer than expected and many teams who had failed to conserve their usable energy were caught unaware. Nyck de Vries was able to conserve his power for a last-minute attack, followed by his teammate who had begun the race at the back of the grid due to a technicality, which stripped him of his pole position.

The drama on track was coupled with a rain hit race from the moment the lights went green at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, which saw the safety car called into action five times.

Ultimately, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team demonstrated that their energy calculations and strategy were second to none. Nyck de Vries powered to the top of the Driver standings and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team rose to the top of the Team charts.

Round 6, Sunday:

Despite riding high from the victory in Saturday’s race, it was a disappointing Sunday for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. A drying track in Valencia proved to the detriment of Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne, who began the race well down the order.

Despite making up numerous places in the first few laps of the race, Stoffel Vandoorne had contact with Sebastien Buemi at Turn 10 of Lap 20. This resulted in severe damage to the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02, forcing his retirement from the race.

Elsewhere, Nyck de Vries pushed on to finish in P16, showing strength and determination in his drive. He continues to lead the Driver Standings, as we head into Round 7 in Monaco in just two weeks. The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team also continue to lead the Team Standings by an impressive 23 points!

 

Vestas Forecaster results:

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