• London 2022: Successful weekend for the team at its home race

Two podiums in successive races and an even bigger lead in both World Championships! The penultimate event of Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in London also happened to be the ‘home race’ for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. It was a highly gratifying weekend, with a performance and results to delight the many supporters, family members and works colleagues who turned out to cheer them on. However, the season is by no means over - drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries as well as the entire team face one more major hurdle in the final two rounds still to come.

Stoffel's weekend: A podium finish and a charge through the field

For Stoffel, the weekend got off to a great start with a storming performance in qualifying. This took him all the way to the final of the Duels where he lost out to Jake Dennis by the narrowest of margins but at least managed to book his eleventh front row grid position in Formula E.

In the race itself, Stoffel successfully defended P2 at the start and then set off in pursuit of the leader. At the end of a thrilling race, he crossed the finish line as runner-up - his 14th podium finish in Formula E and his seventh of the current season.

Stoffel Vandoorne sitting in the cockpit of his mercedes-eq silver arrow 02

"Congratulations to Jake," said Stoffel afterwards. "It was a mega day for him. He was very fast in practice to begin with, then took pole and drove a very intelligent race. We could find no real reply to that. I tried to stay close to him for as long as possible but just couldn't get past him on this track."

Sunday began in less promising fashion, as Stoffel was eliminated in the group stage of qualifying and had to start Race 2 from 13th on the grid. But from there, he staged a heroic charge through the field, gaining no fewer than nine positions to finish the race in fourth place.

Stoffel: "The race today was very good when you consider where I was starting from on the grid. I had to be very aggressive when it mattered but also stay out of trouble as far as possible. We had good pace and, on a track like this, it was an excellent comeback. We can definitely be happy with the weekend in general and the points we scored."

Stoffel Vandoorne with trophy

Nyck's weekend: One actual podium, one almost-podium

Nyck also made a strong start to the weekend in the first qualifying session on Saturday. He clocked the second-fastest time in his group and progressed to the semi-finals, which earned him third place on the grid just behind Stoffel.

Nyck defended his position at the start and stayed in close pursuit of the two leaders. In the closing stages, he was caught up in a thrilling scrap with Nick Cassidy for third place, which he successfully defended through to the chequered flag.

This was quite an achievement, as his car was carrying damaged sustained in a brush with the wall: "After that, the steering and rear-left suspension were bent, which caused me to really struggle with the car's balance, especially in the right-hand turns. It was a real battle all the way to the finish."

Nyck was subsequently handed a retrospective five-second time penalty for defending his position on the straight with more than one move going into Turn 1. This demoted him from P3 to P6.

Nyck de Vries on ebike

Things went more smoothly on Sunday. This time he qualified fifth on the grid but improved two positions during the race to P3. He spent the closing laps chasing down second-placed Jake Dennis and crossed the finish line just 1.3 seconds behind him in third.

"I am delighted," said Nyck afterwards. "I think the team executed a great race, getting all the attack modes and major decisions just right, so I am very satisfied with what we accomplished today. Seven or eight laps before the end, something broke on the left front suspension, so I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to finish the race. If it hadn't been for that, we might have attempted a bit of an attack on Jake later on in the race, but ultimately I think we are happy about having consolidated a good team result and coming away from here with a decent haul of points towards the team championship."

Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries high-five

Ready for the grand finale

From London, the team travels to the South Korea and a new track on the itinerary for the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship grand finale two weeks from now.

Team Principal Ian James: "We come away from the weekend in London with a very healthy haul of points. Today's race was always going to be challenging, with Nyck and Stoffel starting in P5 and P13 respectively."

On the penultimate race weekend in London, Stoffel extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship over Mitch Evans to 36 points. In the Team Standings, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team has now pulled out a 35-point gap over Venturi Racing.

Ian James interview

"We have a small advantage over our closest pursuers in both Teams' and Drivers' Standings," added Ian James. "But this is Formula E and anything can happen. There can be no excuses, and there is no margin for error; it is going to be full focus, delivering another weekend in which we are on the case every single session, every single lap."

The eventual destination of the two World Championship trophies will become known on the weekend of 13/14 August when the all-electric racing series makes its debut on the streets of Seoul.

mercedes eq formula e team garage

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