Mercedes’s official Formula E entry completed their first on track mileage during a two day test at the Varano Circuit in Italy.
Mercedes, along with their Formula 1 factory team, will also field an official Formula E team from the beginning of the upcoming Season 6 later this year. The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team is still being put together, but they have now fielded a car on track for the first time.
A two day test at the Varano Circuit saw Stoffel Vandoorne, driving for Mercedes’ placeholders HWA AG this year, as well as Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara, carry out over 500 kilometres of testing.
Mortara, who raced with Merc’s DTM team over the last two seasons, was brought in to replace Gary Paffett, HWA’s other driver, as he was racing at Laguna Seca.
According to Mercedes, Wednesday consisted of an initial systems check and short shakedown before testing began properly on Thursday and Friday.
“When a new racing car comes to life for the first time and goes out onto the track, that’s always a very special moment,” said Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff. “Not only have we reached an important milestone for our as yet young team, but we have also laid a solid foundation for further development. But there is still a lot of work to do before our race debut when the next season starts towards the end of this year.”
“We are very pleased with the progress made during our first test with the new car,” said Ian James, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Formula E Ltd. “The first days of testing at Varano were a very important step in the development of our team. We brought together experts from our different sites at Affalterbach, Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart, and at the end of a successful three days, they left as members of a team – it was the birth of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team. In the coming weeks and months, many more milestones will follow on the way to our first race.”