Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 (2019) - Gen2 Season 6
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The Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 was the competitor for the maiden season of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in 2019/20 (Season 6) of the FIA Formula E Championship. The Silver Arrow 01 was piloted by Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries.
Unveiled in September 2019, the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 featured the distinct metallic silver of all Mercedes-Benz race cars. Prior to the season resuming after the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercedes brought back and updated with a special all-black base livery to join the call for diversity and stand against racism and all forms of discrimination. The drivers also wore black racing overalls. Just like all Formula E race cars, the Silver Arrow 01 features a 56-kWh battery supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies pushed to 250 kw (or 335bhp). The car could accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds, with a potential top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
The Silver Arrow 01’s competitive race debut came at the Diriyah ePrix double race weekend. The duo started well, Vandoorne qualifying on the front row with De Vries just behind him in third. It was an eventful first race and Vandoorne still held onto a podium step with third whilst De Vries claimed sixth position, marking an impressive first race in the sport for the team. Despite a challenging qualifying for the second race, Vandoorne still managed to convert twelfth into another third position, whilst de Vries was unable to score any points. A strong performance followed in Santiago, Chile, during race two, de Vries leading a 5-6 finish after the duo qualified eighth and ninth. The third and fourth races in Mexico City and Marrakesh were disappointing for the team after the initial performances: neither driver was classified in Mexico, whilst both cars finished outside the top ten in Marrakesh, despite promising qualifying sessions from de Vries in both locations.
Less than two weeks later, the season was suspended in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The season resumed and concluded in August, with six races in nine days at the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit in Berlin. The first race saw the team return to form, de Vries leading a 4-6 finish. Vandoorne followed this up with a fifth place in race two, though de Vries had to retire the car after yet another strong qualifying session. Race three saw neither driver score points after Vandoorne suffered a puncture and de Vries was punished after causing a collision. The latter redeemed himself in race four, scoring a fourth position after qualifying fifth. Vandoorne scored two points in the fifth race, coming from eighteenth on the grid to finish ninth. The team’s finest moment of the season, came in the final race: a 1-2 finish on the more technical extended circuit layout. This was a maiden Formula E victory for Vandoorne, after earning pole position, whilst de Vries earned his first Formula E podium after qualifying fourth.
Vandoorne’s consistency led him to finishing the season ranking second in the Drivers' Championship with 87 points, while Mercedes finished third in the Teams' Championship, an impressive debut in a new kind of motorsport. De Vries finished eleventh with 60 points in total.
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