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    “The good thing about Stoffel and Nyck is that they give very direct feedback.”

    Ian James

Preparations for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team’s first season are now in full swing with just over a month to go before the opening round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Saudi Arabia. The team took part in official testing for the series at Valencia from 15 to 18th October. Together with our driver lineup Stoffel Vandoorne und Nyck de Vries we lay the focus in Spain on optimizing our car ahead of our start in Diriyah.

“We can only find the increase in performance necessary if they give us the nudge. They are very frank and will tell us what’s good and what’s not working out quite so well. The mood within the team is phenomenal despite the enormous challenge and the many tasks that still have to be mastered before the season starts. I am very proud of the way the team are performing.” Ian James

Mercedes Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 in Valencia on racetrack.
Ian James giving an Interview with ZDF

"We found the right solutions.“

“The first two days of testing this week were tough for us. There were some challenges to overcome that we had not anticipated. It was unexpected, to be honest, but we found the right solutions. It just goes to show how important these test outings are in the run-up to the season. We were consistent when conducting our own private tests and found some stability. We must now ensure that we can achieve that again during the first race weekend. After a difficult start to the week, we’ve finished Friday’s test on a positive note." Ian James

"We have been testing for a long time now and the feeling is good."

“We’ve had some challenging days with unexpected problems that we managed to fix quickly. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the chicane and lost a lot of time on the track. That, along with a few other difficulties, virtually cost me a whole day. That’s why it was very important to have a flawless day today, during which I was able to put in a lot of laps and gain further experience. The morning was very positive in this regard, and the afternoon also was very interesting with regard to the race simulation. It was a pity that there were so many interruptions on the way, but that’s all part of racing.” Nyck De Vries

Nyck De Vries at the box in Valencia.
Stoffel Vandoorne in the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01

“We’re obviously not completely satisfied after this test week, but that’s precisely what testing is for,” said Stoffel Vandoorne. “We’ve ticked off quite a few points on our to-do list, but there’s still plenty to do before the season opener in Saudi Arabia. At the same time, I am happy that we are finally racing again. We have been testing for a long time now and the feeling is good." Stoffel Vandoorne

After official testing in Valencia, the team will return to the factory to prepare for the race debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 on November 22/23 at Diriyah.

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