Mercedes locks in Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries for 2019/20
Mercedes has confirmed that Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries will drive for the team in its debut season in Formula E.
Mercedes is one of two new teams this season in the all-electric single-seater series, with the German marque taking over affiliated organisation HWA Racelab while Porsche also joins the field, expanding the grid to 24 cars.
Vandoorne, who raced for the aforementioned HWA squad over Season 5 following two years in Formula 1 with McLaren, has 13 E-Prix starts in his career, recording a best result of third at the Rome E-Prix.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Mercedes,” said Vandoorne. “I’ve already gained experience of the series racing for HWA last year.
"I am very pleased to have now become an official member of the Mercedes family. The arrival of Mercedes on the scene is a great opportunity for all of us.
"The car looks fantastic. I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team. The potential is huge, and I simply can’t wait to get started.”
Current Formula 2 points leader de Vries will join the Belgian at the team.
While the Dutch racer and former McLaren junior is yet to contest a Formula E race, the 24-year-old does have extensive experience in the series, acting as a test driver for Spark Racing Technologies while also completing test work for Audi and NIO.
Pre-season testing for Season 6 will take place from October 15-18 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia ahead of the double-header season-opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix on November 22 and 23.