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Mercedes Not Re-Evaluating Aims After Strong Start

Mercedes-Benz EQ isn’t refocusing its targets despite leading the teams’ standings…

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The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team will not change its objectives in its rookie season after scoring two podium positions with Stoffel Vandoorne in Diriyah last week.

The points accrued over the first two rounds have ensured that the German manufacturer heads the points table by two points over Envision Virgin Racing.

Team principal Ian James has given caution on expectations despite the strong showing, believing that Mercedes EQ took full advantage of some typically chaotic Formula E racing.

“We knew where we still had some challenges coming into this. So I think at the end of the day we shouldn’t overestimate where we stand in performance,” James told e-racing365.

“We were just able to take advantage of the usual chaos that comes up in Formula E but that notwithstanding, it is great to be coming back from Riyadh with the confidence that we know we’ve got something that we can really build on now.

“I think the questions that came up before Riyadh about our expectations, it was always very difficult to answer that accurately, because you don’t know where you stand against anybody else.

“I don’t think those targets have changed now. It’s nice to have that that confidence and the package that we’ve got.

“But there’s a lot of things that a lot of areas that we can improve upon. And that’s really going to be our focus now between today and when we get to Santiago.

“It is the usual business as usual. I suppose everybody’s getting their heads down, you know, we met on Monday morning and we’re as critical as we should be of our own performance and the gaps that we’ve got and that’s what we’re going to be focusing on over the next few weeks.”

James praised both Mercedes-Benz EQ drivers; Stoffel Vandoorne who claimed the pair of third place finishes and Nyck de Vries who took two points finishes on the road but later lost his second one due to a post-race penalty for overtaking under Safety Car conditions.

“I was confident that [de Vries] is somebody that’s got the talent, the ability to pay otherwise we would have, we would have chased him to be in the team.

“For him to show that potential this early on something in a sport, which is fundamentally different from other forms of motorsport is phenomenal so he’s done an absolutely stunning job.”

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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