Connect with us

Formula E

Mercedes Set to Continue Test Program

Mercedes will continue its development testing in Italy next week…

Photo: Mercedes-Benz EQ

The new Mercedes Formula E development car will continue its pre-homologation test program next week at Varano after conducting its initial test in April.

Both current HWA Racelab drivers Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne are each set for a full day of running at the Italian circuit.

The team heads to the test after conducting an initial shakedown of the car in southern Germany on Monday.

“We go to Varano next week and what it is showing is that we are doing these steps now because there is so much work to do but it is all moving well,” managing director Ian James told e-racing365.

“We will have Stoffel and Gary in the car testing next week.

“We have been working on preparing our race spec power unit and we had our shakedown earlier this week.”

James would not be drawn on the driver lineup that will spearhead the Mercedes EQ attack next season. Vandoorne is expected to be one of the drivers while several options for his teammate are set to be evaluated next month.

“We have got the opportunity over the testing period obviously to look at other people as well and we will be doing that and we will take a decision from there,” said James.

James hinted that the team could utilize one of the seats to nurture young racing talent for the future.

“We have an opportunity in Formula E and coming in to the series that we can start to build that up and it would be nice in the future to use Formula E again as a great platform for developing talent,” he said.

“How we actually bring that in there remains to be seen, but that is something very much I would like to see developing over the next few years.”

HWA Racelab tested Raffaele Marciello at the Marrakesh rookie test earlier this year, while drivers such as Daniel Juncadella, Max Guenther and current F1 test driver Esteban Ocon are also believed to be options for the new team in addition to Vandoorne’s current teammate Paffett.

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

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More in Formula E