Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team expects strategy will prove crucial on Valencia debut

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team expects strategy will prove crucial on Valencia debut

20.04.2021: Formula E: Valencia E-Prix 2021 The first ever Spanish E-Prix, taking place in Valencia this weekend, is expected to be challenging with its own unique characteristics


Formula E: Valencia E-Prix 2021

 
The first ever Spanish E-Prix, taking place in Valencia this weekend, is expected to be challenging with its own unique characteristics



•    Races 5 and 6 of this season's ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place April 24/25 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia


•    Ian James: "The team will face fresh challenges this weekend - and we like that. This weekend is our next opportunity to show what we are capable of, and knowing this team, we will gladly rise to the challenge."


•    Stoffel Vandoorne: "The racing will be intense and strategy will play a key role. Overtaking should be fairly easy, but will put you at a disadvantage in terms of energy management."


•    Nyck de Vries: "We know the Valencia circuit from testing, but it's very different to the typical street circuits normally found in Formula E."





For the third race weekend of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team will head to Spain where the team can expect to find a challenging track that has been slightly modified for Formula E and is very demanding, especially in terms of energy management.
 


The team is already familiar with the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia from winter testing in the past two years, most recently last December when Nyck and Stoffel tested in preparation for Season 7.
 


Compared to testing, the lap distance for the race weekend has been increased slightly and the new circuit layout now measures 3.376 km and has 15 turns. The activation zone for Attack Mode is on the outside of Turn 8. The track is only a little shorter than the street circuit in Rome but brings its own unique challenges for the team, with a higher average speed over a lap and very different characteristics.
 


As in Rome two weeks ago, the Valencia E-Prix will be a double-header, featuring two races. As usual, there will be two practice sessions on Saturday before qualifying and just one on Sunday morning. The race will start on Saturday at 3:04 pm and on Sunday at 2:04 pm.
 
 



Comments in the run-up to the 2021 Valencia E-Prix
 


Ian James (Team Principal):



"The right mindset and approach are everything in this championship. We've seen it this season before, and our last race weekend in Rome was another good example of this. Whether we face challenges that are controllable, or beyond our control, it's all about how you react to those challenges as a team.
 


We're heading into the race weekend in Valencia with a good position in both the Constructors' Standings and the Drivers' standings with both drivers, which is a great feeling. But the strong performance on track so far will also provide a bit of a challenge for us in Valencia - both our drivers are starting in the most disadvantaged qualifying group for the race on Saturday.
 


Valencia is also a new experience for all the grid. As Formula E teams, we haven't had much exposure to permanent tracks like the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, so it's hard to know what to expect. What is certain, is that the team will face fresh challenges - and we like that. This weekend is our next opportunity to show what we are capable of, and knowing this team, we will gladly rise to the challenge."
 


Where to watch



Don't miss any of the action this weekend, and follow the team on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Or, head here to find out how to watch all sessions live in your region.
 
 
      

 
 
 
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