Mercedes-Benz EQ

Name: Mercedes-Benz EQ
Founded:
1923/2018
Based:
Brixworth, Northampton, UK and Affalterbach, Germany
Founders:
Emil Jellinek
Team Principal:
Ian James
Car Numbers: 5 and 17
Current Drivers:
Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries

Mercedes-Benz debuted under the name in 1926 after he two companies merged together. They debuted in Formula One in in 1954. Fangio went on to win fours raced in their debut year where they won the championship. The team then withdrew from all factory-sponsored motorsport in 1955 following the Le Mans disaster. Mercedes returned back to supplying engines in 1994, working with McLaren to supply engines for the team from 1995 to 2014. From 2014 onward, the team moved to supply for Williams. McLaren and Mercedes continued their partnership to the production of a roadcar. They also supply the cars to the FIA for the use of saftey cars and other official roles. Mercedes-AMG returned to Formula One in 2010 with Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg where they took fourth in the standings. They have continued to race in Formula One since then, winning the team championship 6 years in a row from 2014 to 2019. The team also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Spa 24 Hours and the European Touring Car Championship. In 1985, the team returned to the World Sportscar Championship as an engine supplier for Sauber where the combination went on to take multiple wins. Mercedes also entered engines in Indycar and Formula Three.

They’ve had many drivers compete with the team in various categories. You may recognise some familar names:
– Lewis Hamilton
– Valtteri Bottas
– Juan Manuel Fangio
– Michael Schumacher
– Nico Rosberg
– Nyck de Vries
– Stoffel Vandoorne

The team unofficially entered the Formula E season with their affiliation with HWA for the 2018 to 2019 season. Mercedes went on to debut in the 2019 to 2020 season under the name Mercedes-Benz EQ. They chose to keep the groundwork that HWA laid for them to avoid problems.

Season 6 provided their first ever season they competed as a team. Keeping Vandoorne from HWA, Nyck de Vries was announced to pair alongside the Belgian. Initially, the team got a good start to the season, with Stoffel claiming a double 3rd in Diriyah. Together, they claimed four points finishes prior Berlin, earning 56 points and 5th in the standings. August provided the spectacle known as Berlin, where six races were held back to back. Throughout the Berlin rounds, not only were they fighting for 2nd in the driver’s, but also 2nd in the team’s. Stoffel claimed four points finishes, whilst de Vries claimed three, but the success didn’t stop there. At the finale round, the team secured a 1-2, being one of the few teams to ever secure one in Formula E’s history. Stoffel finished 2nd behind da Costa, de Vries 11th and the team themselves with 3rd, equalling 147 points.

After having an unstoppable team, Mercedes decided to keep both Vandoorne and de Vries as part of their season 7 campaign. They keep 5 and 17, with Stoffel having 5 and Nyck the latter. It would be Vandoorne’s 3rd campaign in Formula E and de Vries’ 2nd.