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Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team
Mercedes Benz EQ Formula E Logo.png
Team Information
Based Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brixworth, Northamptonshire, UK
Flag of Germany.png Affalterbach, Germany
Début Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2019 Ad Diriyah E-Prix I
Founder
Key People Toto Wolff (CEO); Ian James (TP)
Driver(s) Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne (No. 5)
Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries (No. 17)
Car Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02
Sponsor(s) Vestas; SAP
Website Mercedes
Team Stats
Last Season 1st (181 pts)
Entries 42
Wins 5
First Win Flag of Germany.png 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI
Points 438
Poles 8
Podiums 14
Fastest Laps 5
Titles 1 (2020/21)
Current Season
Entrant Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team
Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries
Stoffel Vandoorne 2017.jpg Nyck de Vries.jpg
1st (121 Pt(s)) 6th (65 Pt(s))
Team Standings
1st (186 Pt(s))

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team are a British based German racing team, who compete in the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship as the factory entry for Mercedes-Benz.[1] Formed in 2018 to take over from HWA Racelab, a Mercedes backed entry into the 2018/19 FE Championship, Mercedes entered FE alongside Porsche, becoming the fourth German manufacturer to enter the series.[2]

For their official maiden campaign the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, as it was originally named, signed former Formula One driver Stoffel Vandoorne, as well as reigning FIA Formula 2 Championship Champion Nyck de Vries.[3] The team would show strong one-lap pace during their maiden season, culminating in victory for Vandoorne at the season ending 2020 Berlin E-Prix VI.[4]

On the eve of the 2020/21 season the team name was 'simplified' to the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, having retained both de Vries and Vandoorne for the campaign.[5] Their sophomore campaign duly delivered the title for the German squad, with the Mercedes squad claiming both the Teams' Championship and the Drivers' title through de Vries.[6]

Vandoorne and de Vries were retained for a third season in 2021/22, in what was to be Mercedes' final FE season after they cancelled their FE programme ahead of the new Generation 3 ruleset.[7]

Background

Mercedes initially expressed interest in joining the FE Championship during the 2015/16 season, before officially announcing their plan to enter the series on 24 July 2017.[2] Agreeing a deal with Formula E Holdings to join at the start of the 2019/20 season, Mercedes immediately announced that they would withdraw from the DTM to focus on FE.[2] As such, they also organised a deal for long-term DTM partners HWA Racelab to kickstart their FE project, with HWA entering into the 2018/19 season with customer Venturi powertrains.[8]

Founding Footsteps

HWA hired Mercedes factory driver Gary Paffett to spearhead their maiden FE campaign, before recruiting Formula One refugee Stoffel Vandoorne to partner him for the 2018/19 season.[9][10] After a difficult start to the season, which would be beset by technical issues and failures, Vandoorne would become one of the stars of the season, while Paffett struggled to score consistent points. Regardless, HWA and Mercedes regarded the programme as a success, with HWA forming the nucleus of the Mercedes FE Teams' day-to-day operations.[1]

Formula E History

The Mercedes FE Team formally took over HWA Racelab's ABB FIA Formula E Championship entry at the end of the 2018/19 season, although would effectively remain the same entity.[1] Serving as the factory entry for Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes FE Team based its car development operations in Brixworth, UK, alongside Mercedes Grand Prix.[1] The new HWA/Mercedes FE Team duly began developing their maiden powertrain in March 2019, hiring Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne to lead the development programme.[11]

Further testing of the new car, named the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 would be undertaken by Edoardo Mortara, Esteban Gutiérrez and Nyck de Vries.[12][13][14] The Mercedes FE Team also undertook evaluations of the test drivers in order to decide their driver line-up for the 2019/20 season, and duly picked Vandoorne and de Vries, whose deals were formally announced on the 11 September 2019.[3] The duo were set to make the public debut for the team at the 2019 Valencia Test, prior to the opening round in Ad Diriyah.

Formula E Record

The tables below show Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team's full record in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Formula E Entries

The table below gives an overview of Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team's entries in Formula E:

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team's overall Formula E Record
Season Official name No. Drivers DC Pos. DC Pts. Car TC Pos. TC Pts.
2019/20 Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team[1] 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne[15] 2nd 87 Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 3rd 147
17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries[15] 11th 60
2020/21 Flag of Germany.png Mercedes EQ Formula E Team[1] 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne[15] 9th 82 Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow 02 1st 181
17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries[15] 1st 181
2021/22 Flag of Germany.png Mercedes EQ Formula E Team[16] 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne[17] 1st 121 Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow 02 1st 186
17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries[17] 6th 65

Career Results

Listed below are the full career results of Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team:

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Driver Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
2019/20 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Chile.png Flag of Mexico.png Flag of Morocco.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png 3rd 147
Vandoorne 3rd 3rd 6th Ret 15th 6th 5th Ret 12th 9th 1st
de Vries 6th 16th 5th Ret 11th 4th Ret 18th 4th 14th 2nd
2020/21 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Italy.png Flag of Italy.png Flag of Spain.png Flag of Spain.png Flag of Monaco.png Flag of Mexico.png Flag of Mexico.png Flag of the United States.png Flag of the United States.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png 1st 181
Vandoorne 8th 13th Ret 1st 3rd Ret Ret 7th 13th Ret 12th 7th 15th 12th 3rdG
de Vries 1stG 9th Ret Ret 1st 16th Ret 9th Ret 13th 18th 2nd 2nd 22nd 8th
2021/22 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Flag of Mexico.png Flag of Italy.png Flag of Italy.png Flag of Monaco.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Germany.png Flag of Indonesia.png Flag of Morocco.png Flag of the United States.png Flag of the United States.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png Flag of South Korea.png Flag of South Korea.png 1st 186
Vandoorne 2nd 7th 11th 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 3rd 5th
de Vries 1st 10th 6th Ret 14th 10th 10th 1st Ret

References

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 'Mercedes EQ Formula E Team gear up for Formula E fight', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E 17/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/mercedes-eq-formula-e-team-gear-up-for-formula-e-fight/, (Accessed 17/05/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Mercedes-Benz to enter Formula E in Season 6', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/mercedes-benz-to-enter-formula-e-in-season-6/, (Accessed 25/07/2017)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Merecedes-Benz EQ reveal the Silver Arrow 01, Vandroorne & de Vries complete line up', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/09/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/september/mercedes-2019-200challenger-revealed, (Accessed 11/09/2019)
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  7. Paul Hensby, 'Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team to Leave Formula E after Season Eight', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 18/08/2021), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2021/08/mercedes-eq-formula-e-team-to-leave-formula-e-after-season-eight/, (Accessed 28/11/2021)
  8. 'HWA AG join the Formula E grid for Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/hwa-ag-join-the-formula-e-grid-for-season-5/, (Accessed 09/05/2018)
  9. 'Paffett to drive for HWA Racelab', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 08/10/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/october/paffett-to-drive-for-hwa-racelab/, (Accessed 08/10/2018)
  10. 'Stoffel Vandoorne completes HWA RACELAB’s driver line up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/10/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/october/stoffel-vandoorne-completes-hwa-racelab-s-driver-line-up/, (Accessed 15/10/2018)
  11. Thomas Maher, 'Mercedes release teaser Formula E car at Geneva Motor Show', formulaspy.com, (Formula Spy, 05/03/2019), https://formulaspy.com/formula-e/mercedes-release-teaser-formula-e-car-at-geneva-motor-show-59832, (Accessed 06/03/2019)
  12. Sam Smith, 'Mercedes-Benz EQ Completes First Test', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 03/04/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/mercedes-benz-eq-completes-first-test/, (Accessed 12/09/2019)
  13. Sam Smith, 'Mercedes EQ to Test Esteban Gutierrez', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 30/07/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/mercedes-eq-to-test-esteban-gutierrez/, (Accessed 12/09/2019)
  14. Sam Smith, 'De Vries Tests for Mercedes EQ', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 14/08/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/de-vries-tests-for-mercedes-eq/, (Accessed 12/09/2019)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SVNdV19A
  16. Matt Kew, 'Mercedes unveils livery for its final Formula E campaign', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 28/11/2021), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/mercedes-unveils-livery-formula-e/6829782/, (Accessed 29/11/2021)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Sam Smith, 'MERCEDES LAUNCHES ITS 2021 FORMULA E PACKAGE', the-race.com, (The Race, 29/10/2020), https://the-race.com/formula-e/mercedes-launches-its-2021-formula-e-package/, (Accessed 28/11/2020)
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