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The Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Team Track Recap

The Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Team Track Recap

For the seventh season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Team will once again be fielding a fully electric racing car on circuits in some of the most renowned cities around the globe. Aside from the cars and their drivers, the circuits are the focal point of Formula E racing. Formula E tracks offer entirely different playing fields in each race, with varying turns, surfaces, and weather conditions. This is what makes motorsport so unique and competitive, and part of the reason why Formula E has captivated countless fans all over the world.

Scroll below for a quick recap of the circuits we visited last year. Plus, find out which tracks our Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Drivers are more looking forward to racing at this season…

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

The Diriyah ePrix was the first Formula E track based in the Middle East

TRACK FACTS

  • The Diriyah ePrix was the first Formula E race to take place in the Middle East
  • The Riyadh Street Circuit is located in the capital of Saudi Arabia
  • Temperatures in February average at 23 around degrees Celsius
  • The track measures 2.495 kilometres (1.550 miles)

KEY RACE STATS

  • Double podium finish for Stoffel in the double‐header ePrix in 2019
  • Stoffel and Nyck achieve 2nd and 3rd position respectively in the Round 1 Super Pole
  • Nyck put himself on the scoreboard, earning 8 points from his 6th place finish in Round 1
  • Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Team emerged top of the team rankings following the ABB FIA Formula E Championship Season 6 opener in Diriyah

Santiago, Chile

The Parque O'Higgins is where Chile's Formula E track is located

TRACK FACTS

  • The Chilean ePrix takes place at the Parque O’Higgins, Santiago’s second largest public park after the Metropolitan Park.
  • With ambient temperatures around 40 degrees centigrade, the conditions of this ePrix tends to be extremely challenging for all drivers alike
  • The track measures 2.287 kilometres (1.421 miles)

KEY RACE STATS

  • Double points finish in Santiago as both drivers achieved Top 6
  • A solid performance in qualification resulted in P8 for Nyck and P9 for Stoffel
  • Nyck improved by five positions with a sprint to third place, but a subsequent time penalty dropped him down to fifth
  • Stoffel crossed the line in sixth place behind his team‐mate and earned the team an additional 8 points

 

Mexico City, Mexico

The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is one of the most challenging Formula E tracks

TRACK FACTS

  • The Mexico City ePrix is the only permanent circuit on the Formula E calendar and is hosted at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • Mexico City is a notoriously challenging venue due to the high altitude. Whilst this doesn’t affect the battery‐electric vehicles, the impact of the thinner atmosphere (some 78% of the oxygen at sea‐level) can be felt by each of the team members
  • The circuit in Mexico City has one of the highest energy sensitivities – and lowest power sensitivities – of the season
  • The track measures 2.093 kilometres (1.301 miles)

KEY RACE STATS

  • An impressive qualifying round led to Nyck and Stoffel qualifying in 3rd and 10th place respectively
  • The Mexico City ePrix proved to be one of the most challenging for our team as neither Stoffel nor Nyck completed the race, due to incidents which took them out of points‐scoring positions

 

Marrakesh, Morocco

The Marrakesh Formula E track has desert surroundings

TRACK FACTS

  • First held in 2016, the Marrakesh ePrix is held on the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, based in the Agdal district
  • Its desert surroundings mean that the track is often super difficult for drivers to get to grips with, which in turn makes it an interesting battle for fans!
  • With plenty of opportunities for overtaking, Attack Mode strategy is deemed extremely crucial at this circuit
  • The track measures 2.971 kilometres (1.846 miles)

KEY RACE STATS

  • Nyck went through to contest the Super Pole for the third time in his rookie season and qualified fourth for the ePrix
  • After moving up into third place on the opening lap, an early drive‐through penalty for overpowering while regenerating energy under braking dropped Nyck to the end of the field

 

Berlin, Germany

Stoffel Vandoorne achieved his first ePrix win on the Berlin Formula E track

TRACK FACTS

  • The Berlin Tempelhof Airport track is the only circuit in the race calendar that features old concrete, which means low grip and high tyre wear for the drivers
  • Berlin is the only city that has been ever‐present in the Formula E calendar since its inception and has hosted 12 races – more than any other city.
  • The track measures 2.250 kilometres (1.398 miles)

KEY RACE STATS

  • The Berlin Tempelhof Airport track hosted the most intense period of racing in motorsport racing, with six races taking place in nine days in August 2020
  • Stoffel took his first ePrix victory in the last race of the season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, his maiden win was also the team’s first victory in Formula E
  • Nyck in second place gave the Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Team their first one‐two finish
  • In qualifying, Stoffel achieved the second pole position of his Formula E career and the first for the Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Team

 

We asked the Mercedes‐EQ Formula E Team drivers for their favourite tracks, here’s what they had to say…

Nyck de Vries: ‘I haven’t been to all of the tracks so far, but Saudi was very cool! I think it brings all the elements of being a fantastic street circuit and I really enjoy that track’.

Stoffel Vandoorne: ‘I would say my favourite track is Rome. I had some experience racing there for HWA Racelab and I feel like it has a bit of everything, it has some elevation, it’s wide in some places, it’s narrow in others, it has some good sequences of corners and great straights so it’s definitely one that I enjoy a lot! I also have great memories of getting my first Formula E podium there so I’m excited to go back’.

 

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