Mercedes signs Vandoorne, de Vries for debut FE season

Alex Kalinauckas

The Silver Arrow 01 was officially revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, where Mercedes also confirmed Ian James – head of programme management at Mercedes High Performance Powertrains from 2011-15 – as its FE team principal.  

James is also the managing director of Mercedes-Benz Formula E Ltd, of which Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is CEO.

The new squad will make its debut in the upcoming 2019/20 FE campaign, where it will take over the entry previously assigned to the HWA team that competed as a Venturi customer last season.

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01

Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes has been preparing for its FE debut by conducting its FE manufacturer-allocated private testing programme of 15-days since March.

It has until the end of October to get its first FE powertrain homologated by the FIA, which will follow its first official on-track appearance at the group test at Valencia on October 15-18.

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Mercedes’ FE entry will be its first new motorsport programme since it left the DTM at the end of 2018.

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 had been taken and communicated, it really hasn’t stopped since then,” James told Motorsport.com

We’ve got the experience of F1 on the KERS and then the ERS system, but this is taking it to another dimension.

Coming into it new and fresh now, I don’t think we’ve got the answers to all the questions and it’s going to be an exciting time for us over the next few months.”

Confirmed 2019/20 FE line-up:

TeamDrivers
Nissan e.dams

Switzerland Sebastien Buemi

United Kingdom Oliver Rowland

Audi

Brazil Lucas di Grassi

Germany Daniel Abt

Mahindra

TBA

TBA

Envision Virgin Racing

United Kingdom Sam Bird

Netherlands Robin Frijns

DS Techeetah

France Jean-Eric Vergne

Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa

Dragon

New Zealand Brendon Hartley

TBA

Jaguar

TBA

TBA

NIO

TBA

TBA

Venturi

Brazil Felipe Massa

Italy Edoardo Mortara

BMW Andretti

Germany Maximilian Gunther

TBA

Mercedes

Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne

Netherlands Nyck de Vries

Porsche

Germany Andre Lotterer

Switzerland Neel Jani