Mercedes unveils Formula E car and drivers

Mercedes has unveiled its 2019/20 Formula E racer

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team has broken cover ahead of its inaugural season in the all-electric formula later this year.

As part of the launch at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the team pulled the covers back on its car, the Silver Arrow 01, and confirmed Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries as drivers.

“In Stoffel and Nyck, we have recruited two formidable and adaptable drivers who can continue to learn and grow with us in our debut season in Formula E,” said team principal Ian James.

“At Mercedes-Benz, we can look back on 125 years in motor racing.

“However, we know that Formula E is very different from any other series we have ever competed in.

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“We are doing everything we can to achieve success, but we know that we have a steep learning curve ahead of us.”

Vandoorne joined the Formula E grid last season after being dumped out of Formula 1 by McLaren in favour of Lando Norris for 2019.

Racing for HWA Racelab he picked up a best result of third in Rome, while Formula 2 championship leader de Vries is poised to make his Formula E debut.

“It’s a very special feeling to be asked to drive for Mercedes-Benz EQ in Formula E, and I am honoured that the team have chosen me as one of their two drivers,” said de Vries.

“Formula E is a great platform that has already established itself as one of the biggest and most professional racing series outside Formula 1.

“Mercedes are aiming to be contenders for race wins and championship trophies,” he added.

“Hopefully, this will happen sooner rather than later. But until then, the team and I expect a steep learning curve before we can become truly competitive.”

Mercedes will join Porsche on the grid as new entries in the forthcoming campaign, Porsche having unveiled its 99X Electric last month.

The 2019/20 Formula E season begins in Saudi Arabia on November 22-23.

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