Round 8, Saturday:
There was mayhem in Mexico on Saturday as the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed circuit in Puebla made its electric racing debut. The Mercedes-EQ Formula E were placed in Group 1 for qualifying, with heavy rain in the run-up to the race weekend making track conditions for the first group extremely unpredictable.
Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne qualified in 16th and 23rd respectively, with grid penalties to other drivers promoting them to 14th and 21st. The drivers fought hard throughout the race to rectify their starting positions. Stoffel managed to improve by 14 positions and finished the race in seventh, securing crucial points for the Team. Although he had a strong start to the race, Nyck collided with another car and fell back down the pack halfway through the action. Despite this misfortune, he battled his way back into the Top Ten, eventually finishing the race in ninth. In a series where every point counts, the electric Silver Arrows fought hard to secure as many as possible in Round 8.
Round 9, Sunday:
As a Team passionate about progress, Round 9 was particularly tough. Despite Nyck de Vries heading Free Practice 3, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team were unlucky once again on Sunday and placed in Group 1 for qualifying, meaning they faced the toughest track conditions. Nyck lined up for the race in 17th and Stoffel in 19th.
Early damage to Stoffel’s car off the start line meant he struggled for balance throughout the 32 laps and eventually crossed the line in 13th. Despite making a promising start to Round 9, Nyck was forced to retire from the race, having damaged his car in contact with another driver.
There are still three double-headers to come this FIA ABB Formula E Season, with the next double-header of races taking place in New York in less than three weeks’ time. After that, the Team head to London for another weekend of back-to-back races before the season concludes in Berlin in August.
Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team are holding firm at the top of the Teams Standings, but just three points clear of the next team and just four points separating the top three. Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne sit in sixth and seventh in the Drivers’ Standings respectively, but just one race win could be enough to turn the leader board on its head as only 22 points separate the top ten drivers!
Vestas Forecaster results:
We received a total of 129 entries for Rounds 8 & 9 in Puebla. Did you manage to stay on top of the Vestas’ forecasts for the race weekend conditions in order to make your own predictions in the Vestas Race Forecaster? Stay tuned later this week for the winners from Puebla!
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