The Mercedes Benz EQ Formula E Team head into this weekend’s busy season ending ABB FOA Formula E world championship with six races in nine days in Berlin.
Speaking ahead of the events, Mercedes Benz EQ Formula E Team Principal Ian James said:
The whole team has been looking forward to this week. The end to our rookie season could hardly be more intense. We have spent the past few weeks working hard on all of the areas where we noticed that we were behind earlier this year. It’s just part of the learning curve.”
“The passion shown by the whole team while preparing for the days ahead and how they adapted to these special circumstances make me proud and confident. Every individual team member is aware of how big the challenge will be.”
“We still have more than half the season ahead of us. Everything is possible for all of the teams, especially as preparation time for the three track variants has been quite short. Managing the tyres will be a crucial factor in every race in Berlin. The surface at Tempelhofer Feld will put huge demands on tyres. But as far as we’re concerned, we will try to use the opportunity to add some highlights.
Stoffel Vandoorne is looking forward to the events this week saying:
“First of all, I’m really looking forward to racing again. I almost can’t remember the last time out. It’s definitely been a good while and feels a bit weird that we can finally go racing again. It’s crazy to think that we’ll have completed six races in just less than two weeks and everything in the championship will be decided. It’s going to be a super intense time, but there’s everything left still to play for. I feel optimistic about the finale, because we’ve been able to reset as a team and improve one or two details. Thanks to these bits of progress, I can feel confident about the upcoming races. We achieved good results in Berlin last year. We qualified second and ended the race in P5, which gives us a good basis on which to build. Along with the progress made this year, we should hopefully be well placed to fight up front, but let’s wait and see! We have a week packed with emotion ahead of us, some positive and some maybe not quite as positive, but it will be the same for everyone, and we will all have to deal with these different scenarios. We’ll see very soon how things work out.”
Nick de Vries commented ahead of the races this week saying:
Of course, I’m really looking forward to racing again. It’s been a while since I last lined up for the team in Formula E, and I’m pleased that the people in charge have found a good compromise so that we can end our season. It’s going to be a very intense nine days with a lot of points to be scored. After all, we’ll be contesting more races in the next few days than we’ve had all season! I hope that we as a team are well prepared for it, but then probably, no one really can be hundred percent, as we will be facing many challenges and everyone will experience some ups and downs during these nine days. That is why it is important to stay calm and take everything one step at a time. And then, hopefully, we can score a decent haul of points and end the season with a good outcome.