Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team kick off Season 7 with official testing in Valencia

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December 2020
Valencia

Preparations by the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team for Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reach final stage with official testing in Valencia

  • Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne spent three days testing at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo (28/29 November, 1 December)
  • The team posted 509 laps, some 1,597 kms in all during testing with the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
  • After these official tests, the team will head back to the factory to prepare for the season-opening round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Santiago de Chile 16/17 January
  • Stoffel Vandoorne: “We’ve had three good days of testing, during which we were able to go through our entire programme without any issues”
  • Nyck de Vries: “I am very pleased with our tests. We must now analyse the data and use the short break to be ready for Santiago afterwards”
  • Ian James: “This three-day round of testing here in Valencia has given us a great opportunity to ensure that we are well prepared going into Season 7”
  • Imagery from all three days is available on our media site. All imagery is rights-free for editorial use.

Driver

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

S. Vandoorne

1:13.101 | 82 laps

1:12.376 | 96 laps

1:12.219 | 78 laps

N. de Vries

1:13.575 | 80 laps

1:12.481 | 97 laps

1:12.279 | 76 laps

Stoffel Vandoorne:

“We’ve had three good days of testing, during which we were able to go through our entire programme without any issues – that’s really positive compared to this time last year. We’re now working on the details thanks to knowledge gained last year. In these tests, we focused on running through our programme and were not too concerned about lap times. Instead, we wanted to make sure that everything is correct both operationally and procedural-wise. I feel we’ve accomplished that during these three days, which is what matters most. I’m really pleased with the tests and am now just looking forward to finally going racing again.”

Nyck de Vries:

“The tests in Valencia concluded winter testing for us. I hope we’re ready for the season-opener in Santiago. I’m pleased with our tests. It’s obviously difficult to know exactly where we stand in terms of competitiveness, but that wasn’t at all a priority. I know it sounds cliché, but we were able to execute our programme and collect all the info that we set out to acquire. However, it is not easy to judge where we stand relative to the competition. As far as I’m concerned, though, I’m very pleased with the tests, especially when compared to last year, as we are in a much better position. We must now analyse the data and use the short break to be ready for Santiago afterwards.”

Ian James:

“This three-day round of testing here in Valencia has given us a great opportunity to ensure that we are well prepared going into Season 7 on 16 January in Santiago de Chile. During the three days, we followed a programme of our own which we’d worked out prior to the tests. We focused on making sure that the reliability is there so that the car would not suffer from any teething problems. We also checked out where we are at in terms of performance. It’s very difficult here in Valencia to get a feel for where we stand as compared to the competition. All the teams followed their own programmes, so we will not know how we compare until we get to Santiago. Overall, I think we can be very pleased with progress made here.”

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