The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E season got off to an electrifying and entertaining start in Saudi Arabia over the weekend with plenty of action throughout the field. In the opening race Sam Bird took victory while in their first ever ePrix Mercedes scored a podium with Stoffel Vandoorne coming home in third place.
In race two of the SAUDIA Diriyah ePrix BMW I Andretti Motorsports Alexander Sims scored his first win in the series coming home just ahead of his team Maximilian Guenther who later lost his podium. Audi’s Lucas Di Grassi was promoted to second place while Stoffel Vandoorne scored Mercedes Benz Eq’s second third place in a row capping a great opening weekend for the German manufacturer.
Speaking following the second race, Mercedes team principal Ian James commented saying:
“The team did an exceptional job during today’s race. I am so proud of all of them and especially our drivers who fought their way back. Nyck‘s recovery was really impressive and Stoffel proved what we had already seen yesterday.
It was the tight race we expected and made the best of it. But again, everyone on the track was pushing hard. Obviously, the team had the right tools in place today.
I am pleased that we could maintain the same level in consistency also today. Today’s result and also yesterday showed that we as a team are on a promising track. But for the next race, we will need to have a close look again and continue to keep improving. There is still 12 races to fight after all.”
Stoffel Vandoorne commented on his day saying:
I moved up from eleventh on the grid to finish third, so that was an action-packed race that ended with a good result for me. I was patient initially at the start and then showed good pace. I even managed to save some energy and deploy Attack Mode once I had pulled out a gap on those behind me, and so, did not lose too many positions. There were a lot of times when the yellow flags were out during the race, plus many safety car periods and tricky situations, as with the re-starts, for example, which I had to tackle properly. Still, in view of the fact that this was only the team’s first race weekend, we can be satisfied with our points haul.”
Nyck de Vries said:
“We spent a lot of time preparing for this weekend and the start of this new chapter. The team have done a top job. Unfortunately, I was a bit too optimistic in qualifying and tried too hard. I made a mistake on the second sector, which affected the rest of my lap. Apart from the penalty, I’m pleased with today’s race and our debut weekend!