Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team

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Germany Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E logo.png
Founded2018[N 1]
BaseBrixworth, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom[N 2]
Affalterbach, Germany[N 3]
Team principal(s)Ian James[2]
Current seriesFormula E
Current driversBelgium Stoffel Vandoorne
Netherlands Nyck de Vries

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team is a German racing team that is scheduled to compete in Formula E, which is organized by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The team will make its debut in the category in the 2019 Ad Diriyah ePrix, in the 2019–20 season.[4]


On 24 July 2017, Mercedes announced that it would enter the FIA Formula E Championship in the 2019–20 season, and that it would leave the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) at the end of the 2018 season.[3][4] Mercedes also announced that its new venture would be backed by the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Formula One team.[5]

2018–19 season[edit]

Stoffel Vandoorne qualified on pole at the 2019 Hong Kong ePrix.
Before it was officially launched, the EQ Silver Arrow 01 had visited various promotional events during the 2018–19 season, sporting a 'teaser' black livery.

Mercedes unofficially entered Formula E a season ahead of their debut through their affiliation with HWA. On 9 May 2018, HWA confirmed that it will enter the 2018–19 season as a customer team, using powertrains from Venturi, who HWA had already been in partnership with regarding technical support.[6] On 8 October 2018, the HWA Racelab team has been officially launched, revealing the car along with Gary Paffett as its first driver.[7] Stoffel Vandoorne was later confirmed as Paffett's teammate, moving straight to Formula E from his McLaren F1 drive that was coming to a close.[8]

We have always said that HWA is preparing the entry for Mercedes and we are running as an independent team. We have an independent drivetrain too, but of course we want to take away as much knowledge as we can to Brixworth, Brackley and Affalterbach. So we are trying to achieve the best for this season but mainly get the best platform to be competitive in Season Six.

— Ulrich Fritz, "HWA Racelab Building “Platform” for Mercedes EQ", e-racing365 (27 December 2018)[1]

HWA had a very complicated start to the season, not scoring any points in its first four races. In the season's fifth race in Hong Kong, HWA suprised with their pace in wet conditions during the weekend, with Vandoorne even qualifying on pole, giving HWA its first three points in the championship. Paffett qualified fourth.[9] Vandoorne then retired from the race after a driveshaft failure, while Paffett finished eighth, which was HWA's first points finish. HWA then scored another points and first podium in Rome, where Vandoorne finished third. The car broke down immediately after the race due to another driveshaft failure.[10] Venturi's reliability improved in the second half of the season, giving HWA a better chance at good results. Vandoorne was a regular points scorer, but the car wasn't quick enough in races to compete for podiums.

HWA finished ninth in Teams' Championship and scored 44 points in their one-off season (35 with Vandoorne, 9 with Paffett).

2019–20 season[edit]

Mercedes' official debut, under the name of Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, takes place in November 2019 at the Ad Diriyah ePrix, which is a double-header event. In a form of continuity, the team will utilize the groundwork laid by HWA, rather than completely reworking the team structure.[11] In addition to the established pairing of Paffett and Vandoorne[12], the team has also used Edoardo Mortara[13], Esteban Gutiérrez[14] and Nyck de Vries in pre-season testing.[15]

Mercedes' first contender, dubbed the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01, got first unveiled in March 2019. It featured a 'teaser' black livery, resembling the HWA car already in competition. The car went on to appear at various events, in promotion of Mercedes' Formula E entry, including the 89th Geneva International Motor Show.[16] In September 2019, the team announced it had signed Danish wind power company Vestas as a principal partner.[17] On 11 September, Mercedes revealed the definitive look of their car (now incorporating metallic silver), along with their new team principal and drivers. Stoffel Vandoorne will partner Nyck de Vries in a team to be managed by Ian James.[18]


2018–19: HWA Racelab
Year Chassis Powertrain Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points T.C.
Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
2019–20 Spark SRT05e Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 M Full calendar yet to be confirmed.
5 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
17 Netherlands Nyck de Vries
  • † – Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
  • * – Season still in progress.


  1. ^ The team entered the 2018–19 season as HWA Racelab, a customer team using Venturi powertrains. This move was done in order to adapt to the Formula E environment before entering the series as a full-fledged works team.[1][2]
  2. ^ The team shares the Brixworth base with its Formula One counterpart for its powertrain development.[3]
  3. ^ HWA continues to run trackside operations of the team, which continues under the Mercedes-Benz banner.[2]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Sam (27 December 2018). "HWA Racelab Building "Platform" for Mercedes EQ". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team". FIA Formula E. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mercedes Reveals First Details Of Formula E Plans". 25 June 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Mercedes-Benz to enter Formula E in Season 6". FIA Formula E. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Mercedes F1 team to support Mercedes EQ Formula E assaut". 18 May 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  6. ^ Kilshaw, Jake (9 May 2018). "HWA Confirms Season Five Entry as Venturi Customer". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  7. ^ Kilshaw, Jake (8 October 2018). "HWA Racelab Launched; Paffett to Drive". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  8. ^ Smith, Sam (15 October 2018). "Vandoorne Confirmed at HWA Racelab". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  9. ^ Lloyd, Daniel (9 March 2019). "Vandoorne Claims First Formula E Pole in Hong Kong". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  10. ^ Smith, Sam (15 April 2019). "Vandoorne Had to Nurse 'Driveshaft Issue' to Claim First Podium". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  11. ^ Smith, Sam (12 March 2019). "Staff Continuity Likely for Mercedes EQ". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Sam (26 June 2019). "Mercedes Completes Two-Day Varano Test". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  13. ^ Smith, Sam (3 April 2019). "Mercedes-Benz EQ Completes First Test". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  14. ^ Smith, Sam (30 July 2019). "Mercedes EQ to Test Esteban Gutierrez". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  15. ^ Smith, Sam (14 August 2019). "De Vries Tests for Mercedes EQ". e-racing365. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  16. ^ Scarano, Genevieve (3 March 2019). "Mercedes-Benz Debuts Its First EQ Silver Arrow 01 Formula-E Racecar". Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Vestas to be Principal Partner of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team". 9 September 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  18. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (11 September 2019). "Mercedes signs Vandoorne, de Vries for debut FE season". Retrieved 11 September 2019.