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De Vries Tests for Mercedes EQ

Nyck de Vries is the latest driver to test for the Mercedes EQ Formula E team…

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Nyck de Vries has entered into the running for a possible role in the Mercedes EQ Formula E squad for the team’s debut season, e-racing365 understands.

The Dutch driver, who currently leads the FIA Formula 2 Championship, has already run for the new outfit and could conduct a further test before the end of the month.

The initial test means that de Vries becomes the latest driver to be evaluated for the German manufacturer’s upcoming rookie season which kicks off in November.

“It is correct that Nyck already tested for us and it could be that he will get another possibility – like other drivers as well,” Mercedes EQ team principal Ian James told e-racing365 on Wednesday.

“As there is no final decision yet, we are still evaluating different options regarding our driver lineup for Season Six.”

The 24-year-old has previously been associated with McLaren and Audi during his career.

He drove for Audi in the Marrakesh rookie test in 2018 and prior to that was an integral part of the initial Gen 1 testing as a tester for Spark Racing Technology. He also had a brief test for NIO last September.

De Vries has been used by Mercedes as an F1 simulator driver this year as he takes part in a third season of Formula 2 with the ART Grand Prix team.

He becomes the fifth driver to have tested for Mercedes after Vandoorne, his 2018-19 teammate Gary Paffett, Esteban Gutierrez and Edoardo Mortara have run with the manufacturer test car.

However, e-racing365 understands that the Dutch driver is unlikely to be one of the two race drivers next season but could fill a test, development and reserve role at the team.

Venturi team principal Susie Wolff told e-racing365 in May that Mortara will continue to race for the Venturi team for a third season in 2019-20 alongside Felipe Massa who has a three year deal with the Monegasque squad.

The Mercedes EQ Formula E team is likely to decide upon its definitive line-up by the first week of September before publicly announcing the squad on Sept. 11 in Frankfurt.

Stoffel Vandoorne is expected to fill one of the race seats after competing for HWA Racelab throughout the 2018-19 season and scoring a podium position with third at the Rome E-Prix in April.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Yiannis Gavelas

    August 14, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I wish him the best. He deserves either an F1 chance or a top Formula e seat.

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    Yiannis Gavelas

    August 14, 2019 at 11:57 am

    … and let’s hope we won’t have another “Albon situation” (of an F1 team grabbing a newly Formula E contracted driver)-because this guy is obviously talented.

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    Anon

    August 15, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Jaguar and NIO have drives available, maybe de Vries could join one of them to hone his skills before a seat opens up.

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