Mercedes EQ: Points in Diriyah would be a 'fantastic' achievement

Formula E debutants Mercedes EQ have said points in the opening weekend of Season 6 would be a fantastic result for the team.

Mercedes EQ is one of two new teams to join Formula E this season, with fellow rival German marque Porsche also joining the all-electric single-seater series.

Experiencing a difficult week of pre-season testing, with drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries encountering a number of technical problems, Team Principal Ian James has said that points for the team in Diriyah would be a fantastic result:

“Finally, the day has come that everyone in the team has been working towards,” he said. “Our two cars will make their first competitive outing this week. 

“We’ve worked hard over the last twelve months to devise the best possible setup and achieve the necessary consistency for our race debut at Diriyah.

“The season opener is not the end of this journey but rather the beginning. We are conscious of our status as beginners. We therefore have to learn quickly from errors as they occur and to continue developing as a team. Consequently, we will be aiming to make our learning curve as steep as possible.

“We are, of course, really looking forward to competing against the other teams, and finishing the two races somewhere in the points would obviously be fantastic.

“But no matter how this first race turns out for us, I would like to express my gratitude here and now to the entire team for their tireless efforts. What I’ve experienced over the past few months has been the epitome of commitment in terms of teamwork.”