Second race, second podium for Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Crew
After finishing third at the season opener on Friday, Stoffel went into qualifying in the first group, where track conditions are usually not optimal yet. He started from eleventh on the grid and found himself in the top after the start lap – again. Before the first of two security car phases shortly before the middle of the race, Stoffel already finished in fourth place, which he also finished in the finish. After a late penalty for BMW driver Max Günther, Stoffel moved up to third place after the end of the race and thus achieved his second podium in the second race of the season.
Also Stoffels team-mate Nyck de Vries started in group one and went to an error on his qualifying lap of 24. Starting place in the race. The Formula E rookie improved with a strong catch-up in the course of the Laps around positions and crossed the finish line in sixth place. At the end of the race, he was penalized with a drive-through penalty – second time penalty was converted. This Nyck fell out of the points afterwards.
The crew travels with a total of Unexpectedly points down as leader in the team ranking from Diriyah. After two nights of season runs occupied Stoffel with Count the second place in the drivers' championship, Nyck is ninth with eight points.
As in the first race both drivers of the team led the Fanboost vote in the second race (VAN: 22% / DEV: , 61%). The top 5 of the fan voting will receive additional power in the second half of the race.
Ian James, Team Principal: “The crew did an exceptionally good job today, and I'm extremely proud of each one of them, especially our riders, who both fought their way forward.” Nyck's catch-up battle is very impressive and Stoffel has the impressions of yesterday As expected, the race battle was very close and we made the best of it – all the riders pushed hard, but the crew battle today is able to pull the right conclusions out of the race and decide accordingly – so am I. Satisfied that we were just as consistent today as we were yesterday, both results show that we are on a promising path as our crew, but until the next race we need to look closely at everything and improve it, and we'll have twelve more races infront of us.”
Stoffel Vandoorne: “From eleventh place to third place, the battle was an eventful race that I could finish with a good result, I started by fighting patiently at Begin and then had a good pace Use Assault Mode when I was off the track so I did not lose too many positions as the race progressed through many yellow and security car phases as well as tricky situations such as re-starts I had to work properly, and for the first race weekend of the team we can be completely satisfied with our point yield. “
Nyck de Vries: “We spent a lot of time preparing for this weekend and the beginning of this new chapter, and the crew did a really good job unfortunately I'm a bit too optimistic in qualifying and I wanted too much second sector made a mistake, used to be hampered the leisure of my round, aside from my penalty, I am pleased with today's race and our debut weekend. ”