The Mercedes EQ Formula E team has completed two days of testing with its development car at Varano this week.
As revealed by e-racing365 on Friday, the team ran both Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett in the car during the two days of running on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The team has a total of 22 days of available testing before the Oct. 1 deadline and will then have just the three days of running at the official pre-season test in Valencia in October.
“It was great to get back behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz-powered car,” said Paffett, who was driving the development car for the first time.
“There is no doubt there is a lot of work to do, but the test has been really positive.
“We’ve got some really good mileage under our belts, and the car has been very reliable. It’s been a good couple of days and I can’t wait to get back in the cockpit.”
Vandoorne, who is expected to be named as one of the team’s race drivers for Season Six, had his second run in the car after it was briefly shaken down at an airfield in Germany last week.
“We’ve had two positive days of testing at Varano,” said Vandoorne.
“It’s been good to track the evolution of our powertrain since the shakedown I drove in some time ago.
“This is all part of our long journey. There is still a lot of work ahead of us, and everyone is aware of that.
“But I would say that the first impressions are very good. The basics are right and everything seems to be working well. That’s what matters at this point. It has been a positive start.”
Paffett and Vandoorne completed 218 laps at the Varano test and are both set to continue testing next month.