Another ABB FIA Formula E World Championship closes out and, once again, it’s Mercedes-EQ that dominates the headlines after the outfit clinched both the Teams' and Drivers' title for the second year running. As the mighty German team departs Formula E, we look back at Mercedes-EQ's greatest moments.
Impact on arrival: Mercedes' debut season
After graduating out of the HWA Racelab outfit, which competed in the 2018/19 season of the championship, Ian James took the helm of Mercedes-EQ’s first season as a full works team, flanked by drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vires.
In the opening Diriyah double-header, Vandoorne made an impression for Mercedes by bringing home two third-place finishes. Between the Belgian and his teammate de Vries, the pair demonstrated rapid pace across the season, but some teething trouble meant results didn't quite match the potential. By the end of the season, the team managed to make it to the podium with third in the standings, while Vandoorne leading de Vries home in the Berlin season finale.
Getting off to a perfect start: de Vries sets the tone in Diriyah
Starting the 2020/21 season in the best way possible, de Vries flew out of the blocks in Diriyah - striding to victory in Formula E's first ever night race, and the series' opening race as an FIA World Championship. He topped every session in Round 1, collecting the maximum number of points and set the tone for the strong campaign that was to come.
Capturing the first crowns: de Vries and team take both titles
Victory in Valencia followed on from Saudi and a double podium in London for de Vries paved his way to the Drivers' title before the Dutchman sealed it at the last race on Mercedes’ home soil in Berlin. Helping smooth the way for the team to follow suit with its own championship, Vandoorne stepped up in Rome with a win and a podium in the Berlin finale helped seal the deal.
Leaving on a high - Stoffel follows suit with a double-double
Following a mighty 2020/21 season, Mercedes-EQ followed on with more fine form in 2021/22. Having honed their car over the summer, Ian James and the Mercedes team came back with its most competitive package yet. With Mercedes-powered cars – both Mercedes-EQ and its customer team ROKiT Venturi Racing – collecting half of the total race wins over the season, the German marque dominated.
Benefiting from that and his own ruthless consistency, Vandoorne cruised to the Driver’s championship title, scoring points in all but one of the 16 races. Just like the year before, his teammate de Vries helped secure the Teams' title to make it a double-double for the legendary German outfit.
Parting words: Ian James’ on his time at Mercedes
“I remember four years ago, when the board of Mercedes Benz, together with Toto Wolff made the decision to come into this series, we didn't really know how it was going to play out. We knew we'd give it one hell of a shot. But at the same time, we knew just how competitive it is. Having had the success that we've achieved is beyond our wildest dreams. It's phenomenal and a huge thank you and congratulations to all the men and women at Brixworth and Brackley and all the blood, sweat and tears that you put into it. It’s just mega.
"This is about Mercedes-EQ and the journey we've been on. It's about adding to that rich heritage that goes back over 125 years and I'm just super proud on behalf of the team that we've been able to play our part in it. That's where our focus is going to be for a little while yet."
Published on 17th August 2022