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Staff Continuity Likely for Mercedes EQ

Mercedes EQ’s team structure won’t change much from the current HWA setup…

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Mercedes EQ is not intending to significantly add to its technical and operation team as it prepares to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the end of the year.

HWA Racelab is currently acting as a preparatory squad this season with a customer Venturi powertrain to gain experience and knowledge ahead of Mercedes EQ’s maiden campaign.

HWA team principal Ulrich Fritz has told e-racing365 that the German team has “taken into consideration” the setup for next season’s team.

“I think there are no big surprises and we’ve discussed this from the beginning onwards because the big goal for this year is to be competitive for next year and learn as much as we can, and that’s basically it,” said Fritz.

“We’ve already implemented some of the roles together with Mercedes and HPP. It’s all work in progress I would say.”

The team has integrated Nico Rosberg’s former Mercedes F1 engineer Tony Ross into a chief race engineer role already but more high profile recruitment direct from Mercedes is unlikely.

“Tony is a great help, for sure. It’s really good to have him on the team,” said Fritz.

“We’ve geared up for Season Six now, so whoever is not on the team now, most likely is not going to be on the team in one year time or half-year time because it would not make sense to add [new] people.”

Fritz also made clear that some current Mercedes F1 engineers often visit other Mercedes programs, meaning they will not necessarily be part of the official team.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team’s chief strategist James Vowels spent the Marrakesh E-Prix with the HWA Racelab team in January.

“It is no secret that we’ve always had a strong relationship with the Formula 1 team and we’re working together with them,” said Fritz.

“That was, by the way, already the face for DTM and we exchange our ideas. Sometimes it’s also vice versa, so we have one big family and if for example, James comes here.

“It’s not the plan to have a small Formula 1 team here. The plan is to build up on what we have.”

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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