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Just over a month before the season opener of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Saudi Arabia, preparations for the debut season of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Group are in full swing. From 18. until In October, the crew took part in the official tests of the racing series in Valencia.

Over the course of the three days of testing (paused on Thursday), the crew gathered valuable experience and test kilometers with the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01. The lessons of the test drives, which at the beginning were accompanied by some teething troubles, are now being used to prepare for the Group's race premiere in Diriyah at the end of November.

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“The first two days of testing this week were difficult for u.s.a.”, team boss Ian James admits. “There were some unexpected challenges we had to master. I honestly did not expect that, but we found the right solutions. This shows how important such test drives are in the run-up to the season. In the private tests we were constant and could achieve a certain stability. Now we have to make sure that we take them to the first race weekend. After the difficult delivery in the week, however, we were able to conclude the test on Friday positive. “

As a result, the test drives in Valencia were all about learning more about the car and its procedures, and covering as many laps as possible. The lap times played a minor role.

“At the moment, it's about building constancy,” says James. “But of course we want to be competitive when we get in. Valencia is a permanent race track that is significantly different from the street circuits we normally ride during the season. In addition, each crew completes different programs during the test drives, so it is not easy to draw comparisons. Therefore, we do not have a final picture of the balance of power. Nevertheless, I believe that we have created a good foundation on which we can build to continue to develop during the season. “

In the two cockpits the two Einsatzfahrer of the Gruppen Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries took place on all three test days. All in all, the two riders (*********************************) laps respectively 801 km on the 3, 094 km long circuit Ricardo Tormo just outside Valencia.

“Of course we are not completely satisfied after this test week, but that's exactly what test drives are for,” said Stoffel Vandoorne. “We were able to score many points on our to-do list, but there is still plenty to do before the season opener in Saudi Arabia. At the same time, I am happy that we are finally racing again. We have been tested for a long time now and the feeling is intestine. The conditions are there to be strong, but we have to get it all together. This is not an easy task in Formula E. Let's wait and see what happens next. After the long cease, I'm really looking forward to getting back into the car and racing. “

“Behind u.s.a. are some challenging days with unexpected problems, but we were able to fix them quickly,” said Nyck de Vries. “Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the chicane and lost a lot of time on the track. This, together with some other difficulties, cost me practically a full price. Therefore, it was very important to have a clean price here, where I could cover many laps and gain experience. The morning was very positive in this regard and also the afternoon was very interesting with regard to the race simulation. It was a pity that there were so many breaks in the end, but that is part of racing. “

For Ian James, it is important that the two drivers represent an important part of the development team. “The good thing about Stoffel and Nyck is that they give very direct solutions,” said the team boss. “We can only build up the necessary efficiency if we get the impetus from them. They are very open to say, u.s.a., used to be intestine and not used to so intestinal runs. Despite the great challenge and the many tasks that still have to be mastered by the start of the season, the mood within our team is phenomenal. I'm proud of how the crew behaves. “

After the official test in Valencia, the crew goes back to the factory to prepare for the race debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow (*******************************************************************) at the 22. and 23. To prepare November in Diriyah.


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