|Base||Brixworth, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom[N 2]|
Affalterbach, Germany[N 3]
|Team||Tom Hunt or Ian James|
|Current series||Formula E|
|Current drivers|| Stoffel Vandoorne|
Nyck de Vries
Gary Paffett[N 4]
Esteban Gutiérrez[N 5]
The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team is a German racing team which competes in Formula E, which is organized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The team made its debut at the 2019 Diriyah ePrix, as part of the 2019-20 season.
On 24 July 2017, Mercedes announced that it would enter the FIA Formula E Championship in the 2019-20 season, and that it would leave the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) at the end of the 2018 season. Mercedes also announced that its new venture would be backed by the legendary Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One team.
Mercedes unofficially entered Formula E a season ahead of their debut through their affiliation with HWA. On 9 May 2018, HWA confirmed that it will enter the 2018-19 season as a customer team, using powertrains from Venturi, who HWA had already been in partnership with regarding technical support. On 8 October 2018, the HWA Racelab team has been officially launched, revealing the car along with Gary Paffett as its first driver.Stoffel Vandoorne was later confirmed as Paffett's teammate, moving straight to Formula E from his McLaren F1 drive that was coming to a close.
We have always said that HWA is preparing the entry for Mercedes and we are running as an independent team. We have an independent drivetrain too, but of course we want to take away as much knowledge as we can to Brixworth, Brackley and Affalterbach. So we are trying to achieve the best for this season but mainly get the best platform to be competitive in Season Six.-- Ulrich Fritz, "HWA Racelab Building "Platform" for Mercedes EQ", e-racing365 (27 December 2018)
HWA had a very complicated start to the season, not scoring any points in its first four races. In the season's fifth race in Hong Kong, HWA surprised with their pace in wet conditions during the weekend, with Vandoorne even qualifying on pole, giving HWA its first three points in the championship. Paffett qualified fourth. Vandoorne then retired from the race after a driveshaft failure, while Paffett finished eighth, which was HWA's first points finish. HWA then scored another points and first podium in Rome, where Vandoorne finished third. The car broke down immediately after the race due to another driveshaft failure. Venturi's reliability improved in the second half of the season, giving HWA a better chance at good results. Vandoorne was a regular points scorer, but the car wasn't quick enough in races to compete for podiums.
HWA finished ninth in the Teams' Championship and scored 44 points in their one-off season (35 with Vandoorne, 9 with Paffett).
Mercedes' official debut, under the name of Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, took place in November 2019 at the Diriyah ePrix, which is a double-header event. In a form of continuity, the team will utilize the groundwork laid by HWA, rather than completely reworking the team structure. In addition to the established pairing of Paffett and Vandoorne, the team has also used Edoardo Mortara, Esteban Gutiérrez and Nyck de Vries in pre-season testing.
Mercedes' first contender, dubbed the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01, was unveiled in March 2019. It featured a 'teaser' black livery, resembling the HWA car already in competition. The car went on to appear at various events, in promotion of Mercedes' Formula E entry, including the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. In September 2019, the team announced it had signed Danish wind power company Vestas as a principal partner. On 11 September, Mercedes revealed the definitive look of their car (now incorporating metallic silver), along with their new team principal and drivers. Stoffel Vandoorne will continue with team, becoming their 1st driver, but he will be partnering with the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Champion Nyck de Vries. The team will be managed by Ian James. In October, it was announced that the team will supply its new powertrain to Venturi Racing, reversing the manufacturer-customer relationship in the favor of Mercedes.
In pre-season testing, which was held at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Mercedes were the second slowest team in overall classification, only outpacing NIO 333. Vandoorne, however, won one of the two simulation races that were held during the week.Felipe Massa from Venturi was the fastest Mercedes-powered driver of the week, finishing twelfth in the overall classification. On 15 November, the team confirmed Gutiérrez to join Paffett as a second reserve and development driver.
In July 2020, prior the season resuming after the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercedes brought back and updated the pre-season black livery to unify it with the design used on the F1 W11 EQ Performance car. The drivers additionally wear black racing overalls.
The team completed the 2019-20 Formula E season with their maiden victory in the final race at Berlin with a 1-2 finish.Stoffel Vandoorne finished the season ranking second in the drivers championship and Mercedes finished in third place on the constructors standing.
|2018-19: HWA Racelab|
|Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team|
|2019-20||Spark SRT05e||Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01||M||DIR||SCL||MEX||MRK||BER I||BER II||BER III||147||3rd|
|17||Nyck de Vries||6||16||5||Ret||11||4||Ret||18||4||14||2|
|2019-20||ROKiT Venturi Racing||Spark SRT05e||Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01||M||44||10th|||