Bittersüßes Rennen für das Mercedes-Benz EQ Formel E Team

06.
August 2020
Berlin

Stoffel Vandoorne scores further valuable points for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in Berlin with a determined charge through the field while Nyck de Vries had to retire his car halfway through the race.

  • Thanks to a strong performance and a successful strategy, Stoffel Vandoorne gained eight positions to finish the race in fifth place
  • Stoffel set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:08.635 minutes
  • Nyck de Vries once again made it into the Super Pole, qualifying on P4; it was the fourth time this season that the rookie has started from the second row
  • In today’s race, Nyck initially moved up to third place and was consistently in the Top Five until the middle of the race when he had to stop his car with a technical problem
  • The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team (87 points) is in fourth place in the team championship after seven of eleven races this season
  • The next E-Prix will take place on Saturday, 8 August on the traditional track layout in Berlin

Driver

FP3

Qualifying

Super Pole

Race

Standings

#5

S. Vandoorne

 

P10

1:06.969

30 Laps

P13 (G1: P4)

1:07.292

2 Laps

-

P5

Grid: P13

FL: 1:08.635

P3

57 Points

#17

N. de Vries

P17

1:07.267

27 Laps

P5 (G2: P2)

1:06.951

2 Laps

P4

1:06.921

DNF

Grid: P4

FL: 1:09.374

P13

30 Points


Ian James (Team Principal):

“We had a good start to the race, with both drivers fighting to gain positions. It turned to become a bitter-sweet race in Lap 15. At that point, we lost communication with Nyck’s car - the car turned off completely. We are urgently investigating what happened and haven’t yet identified the root cause.

The team then focused on supporting Stoffel with the right strategy calls. He managed to climb to P5 and proved his pace once again, taking fastest lap as well today. He scored 11 points in total.

Obviously, we don’t have much time between now and Saturday. We will make use of tomorrow and thoroughly prepare ourselves for the next double-header.”

Stoffel Vandoorne:

“That was another super race again from my perspective. Overall, it was a relatively similar race to yesterday: I started from 13th and managed to battle my way through to P5. We had some great pace in the car today – I actually think it was even more than yesterday. I felt very comfortable, very confident. We were able to push and took the right decisions again; with the attack modes, I was able to overtake a couple of cars, and it was just a good comeback. At one point, I thought maybe the podium was going to be a possibility, but we didn’t take crazy risks. Ultimately, though, P5 was another good points haul for us.”

Nyck de Vries:

“We had a good start to the day, and with fourth place on the grid we also had good prospects for the race. At the start, I managed to gain one place, but then I was unable to pull away from my pursuers because I was struggling with understeer. I tried to defend myself after the full-course yellow, but had no chance. After that, I was able to follow them OK and stay in touch. Unfortunately, it was all over for me by the halfway stage. It’s a pity, of course, but this sort of thing is part and parcel of racing. For the next two races this weekend, we’ll be back on the regular track, which will be new for me, whereas most of the other drivers are already familiar with it. It is important that nothing in Formula E should be taken for granted. In any case, we’ll persist with the approach we’ve been taking since the beginning of the season, and then, on Saturday, we'll see where we stand in comparison to the other teams.”

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