In the first qualifying session of a team history that has yet to be written, Stoffel and Nyck were able to progress through to this morning’s Super Pole, in which the Top Six qualifiers compete once again for the top positions on the grid. Stoffel posted the second-best lap time. Nyck in third place completed a strong result for the team.
And so, a Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 was on the front row and started from Row 2 as it made its race debut. Mercedes was the only team to get both of its cars into Super Pole. The two drivers also booked the top two places in the fan boost vote (VAN: 21.27%, DEV: 15.21%).
Stoffel even led the E-Prix during the final third segment of the race. As a result, he was able to post the first kilometres in the lead with the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01. However, with only a few minutes to go before the end of the race, Stoffel drove over the Attack Mode activation strips and lost a place when the safety car came out following an incident with Audi driver Daniel Abt. As a result, Stoffel did not benefit from his Attack Mode advantage and finished the race in third place.
For us, this was the brand’s maiden podium in their first race in the electric racing series and Stoffel’s second. His team-mate Nyck de Vries was also in the Top Three for two thirds of the race but finished sixth after 34 laps, taking his first points on his Formula E debut.