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Mercedes-EQ started their radical new chapter with a grand entry into all-electric street racing. After closing out their rookie campaign with a debut victory and third in the teams' standings, they begin 2020/21 with a clear eye on the title. Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries continue behind the wheel for the legendary German marque.
With a motorsport history dating back to 1894, when Mercedes-Benz competed in the very first motor race between Paris and Rouen, the motorsport masters now join the most competitive line up in motorsport in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Marking its first year as a full works team, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team graduated out of the HWA Racelab outfit, which competed in the 2018/19 season of the Championship. Finishing ninth overall, the HWA squad claimed one podium finish in 13 races with drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett.
Now proudly bearing the three pointed star on the nose of its brace of Gen2 Silver Arrow 01's, the marque takes on fellow German giants Porsche, Audi and BMW for the first time in motorsport history, alongside some of the greatest names in the automotive industry. Behind the wheel is Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who enters his second season in Formula E, as well as rookie driver Nyck de Vries, who joins as a full-time driver after graduating from testing duties with the outfit.
With a strong racing pedigree outside of Formula E, such as five constructors titles in the hybrid era of Formula One and seven driver titles, the marque has also enjoyed success in the DTM and sportscar racing around the world. Few names can claim to be more successful on the racing circuit.
After completing its reconnaissance season in Formula E, Affalterbach-based developer HWA continued to take responsibility for managing the Mercedes cars on race weekends, while Ian James took up the post of Team Principal. Tasked with guiding the Silver Arrows to victory, James and his team will be looking to make an impact on the streets, going wheel-to-wheel with some of the most experienced teams in the all-electric series.
In the opening races of the season, Stoffel Vandoorne romped to the podium with two third-place finishes in the Diriyah double-header. Between the Belgian and his teammate de Vries, the pair demonstrated the rapid pace of the Silver Arrow package across the season, but due to teething problems with the outfit, the results didn't match the potential.
The Mercedes duo made a statement at the season-finale in Berlin, with Vandoorne leading de Vries in a dominant one-two finish, sending a clear message to their rivals as the line-up remains the same for the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.