Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries: Continuity in the Mercedes EQ Silver Arrows 02 cockpit

Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries: Continuity in the Mercedes EQ Silver Arrows 02 cockpit

28.11.2021: In Season 8, the team will be going for continuity in the cockpits of the two Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrows 02. Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries are already in their third consecutive season as teammates. "Continuity in Formula E is always a good

In Season 8, the team will be going for continuity in the cockpits of the two Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrows 02. Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries are already in their third consecutive season as teammates.
 



"Continuity in Formula E is always a good thing, because the margins between drivers and teams are very small, so establishing a good relationship with your crew is paramount," said Stoffel. "You have to really understand each other, what you need from the car, what you require to improve it and be able to perform. All these factors are enormously helpful."
 

"Continuity and stability definitely play a big role," said Ian James, agreeing with Stoffel. "How does the saying go? 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it!'



But at the same time, there's another old adage that being successful does not automatically mean that there's no room for improvement. Nyck and Stoffel both play an absolutely key role in that respect. They've been phenomenal as drivers so far while also making a huge contribution to the development of this team that we've built up from scratch, so having that continuity going into Season 8 is a tremendous advantage."
 


Even after a couple of years spent working together, ways can always be found to improve both what one does and the whole team. "We often discuss new ideas together, asking ourselves whether they make sense or whether we're wasting too much time with them. Will they improve our lap times," said Stoffel.



"We have an additional challenge facing us with our recent move to Brackley, so there's going to be plenty of changes with a new simulator and lots of jobs to be done before the season kicks off. We've got a great deal to accomplish over the winter, perhaps even more than in the past, but let's just wait and see how it all goes next season."
 


After winning the title at the exciting finale in Berlin, Nyck will be starting his third season in the fully electric racing series as the reigning World Champion, raring to go. "I'm definitely looking forward to Season 8," he said. "A new season always brings fresh challenges and being the reigning champion will spice things up a bit, so I'm really excited at the prospect of going racing again and being able to defend our two championship titles."
 


There will be plenty of fresh challenges awaiting the team in the 16 races at 12 different venues that include new street circuits in Jakarta, Vancouver and Seoul, plus there's a new qualifying format when drivers go head-to-head after the group stages.
 


"I'm really looking forward to competing at all the various circuits," said Nyck. "It's mega exciting that our championship can continue to grow with racing in all these fascinating cities. It's great to be back in the cities. I'm fairly certain that the championship will be mega in many ways, both from a sporting point of view with the new qualifying format but also with the excitement that these new venues will generate."
 


Both drivers think that the new qualifying format seems very promising and should prove really interesting. "It looks like it's going to be more equal and fairer to all concerned," said Nyck. "And with that thought in mind, I would give it a big thumbs-up.



We'll have to wait and see how things go in the end and find out for ourselves, but it looks really good, and I welcome the changes whole-heartedly. I'm pretty certain that it will make for a more equal championship that everyone will enjoy following. Formula E is close enough and doesn't need any unpredictable external factors to make it exciting."
 
 




Sjoerd van Wijk -photos Mercedes


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