Gary Paffett is gearing up to be one of Mercedes EQ’s two race drivers in the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season as the German manufacturer gets set for its first ever all-electric racing program.
The team is yet to confirm any of its drivers for the new season but it is widely expected that Stoffel Vandoorne is already in place to be one of the two.
Paffett joined Vandoorne last month during two days of testing and is known to have more running scheduled in the coming weeks with the manufacturer’s test and development car for pre-homologation runs.
The double DTM champion believes that despite an often frustrating season he and the team, which will essentially metamorphose in to Mercedes EQ, the team should keep continuity in as many areas as possible.
“I’m as clear and confident as I can be [to race in 2019-20] but this is motorsport after all,” Paffett told e-racing365.
“But we are going about it in terms of testing as a very similar team package as what we have this season.
“In this sport it is sometimes unpredictable but from my side that is what I am heading towards doing.”
“We need to keep as much continuity as we can because we have all learned a lot this year and to start replacing a lot of people would be detrimental really because we have a nice structure within the team.”
Paffett also described how the nucleus of the Mercedes EQ team will be joined by engineers from the UK-based Mercedes High Performance Powertrain division.
They will replace ZF engineers that were brought via HWA Racelab’s customer relationship with Venturi last season.
“We will combine that with HPP people coming in as a new group so there is still a lot of work to do, but otherwise we have worked hard to build a team so to change things would be a bit detrimental,” he said.
Edoardo Mortara tested for Mercedes in April but was confirmed by Susie Wolff a month later to be continuing as Felipe Massa’s teammate at Venturi next season.
Mercedes EQ is also believed to have looked at Raffaele Marciello and Daniel Juncadella as possible teammates to Vandoorne for the 2019-20 season.