It was clear to everyone on the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team that they would be facing many challenges in their first season, for example the oppressive heat of Santiago, the altitude in Mexico and not least the fiercely competitive field.
After a promising start and a second encouraging weekend in Chile, where Stoffel took the surprise championship lead, the situation took a turn for the worse in the fourth round of the season in Mexico City where, for the first time in the nascent history of Mercedes-Benz EQ, the team came away empty-handed.
Stoffel and his team-mate Nyck de Vries were out of luck at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez – in fact, neither of them saw the chequered flag. Despite the general disappointment, the team still managed to gain valuable experience from only their fourth outing to take forward into the remaining races of the debut season in the electric racing series.
“Emotions are still raw, even after the race has ended,” admitted Team Principal Ian James. “Unfortunately, we leave Mexico with no points. Both drivers had incidents which took them out of the race. It is what we can call a character-building experience for the whole team, which otherwise delivered a strong performance over the weekend.”