ABB FIA Formula E Championship newcomers Mercedes-Benz EQ have confirmed that Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries will pilot their Gen2 challenger, the Silver Arrow 01, for the carmaker’s factory debut in the all-electric championship.

Having been teammate to Mercedes stalwart Gary Paffett for the 2018-19 season in the brand’s ‘soft launch’ partnership with HWA Racelab, Vandoorne will now be partnered by current FIA Formula 2 Championship leader Nyck de Vries for the coming season.

Vandoorne performed strongly in his first season of racing in the Formula E Championship, claiming pole position at the Hong Kong ePrix and a third place at the Rome ePrix. He was one of just three drivers to be awarded FanBoost at every single race.

After being dropped from the McLaren Formula 1 team’s development programme at the beginning of the year, de Vries responded with a dominant Formula 2 Championship campaign where his performances have impressed Mercedes.

Nyck de Vries, ART Grand Prix - 2019 Formula 2 Championship Race of Austria

De Vries is currently on course to claim the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship title ahead of his Formula E debut.

“It’s a very special feeling to be asked to drive for Mercedes-Benz EQ in Formula E, and I am honoured that the team have chosen me as one of their two drivers,” the Dutch youngster said.

“Formula E is a great platform that has already established itself as one of the biggest and most professional racing series alongside Formula 1. It’s a great opportunity, for which I’m really grateful to Mercedes.”

The team will continue to be run day-to-day by HWA Racelab although managerial oversight will come from Ian James, who joins as its new Team Principal. The outfit will also receive support from the current Formula 1 champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

“In Stoffel and Nyck, we have recruited two formidable and adaptable drivers who can continue to learn and grow with us in our Formula E debut season,” James said.

“At Mercedes-Benz, we can look back on 125 years in motor racing. However, we know that Formula E is very different from any other series we have ever competed in.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure success, but we also have enough humility to realise that we have a steep learning curve ahead of us.”

2019-20 FIA Formula E Championship – Provisional Entry List (to-date)
Team Drivers
DS Techeetah Jean-Éric Vergne TBA
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Lucas di Grassi Daniel Abt
Envision Virgin Racing Sam Bird Robin Frijns
Nissan e.dams
Sébastien Buemi Oliver Rowland
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Maximilian Günther TBA
Mahindra Racing
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Venturi Racing
Felipe Massa Edoardo Mortara
Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
Stoffel Vandoorne Nyck de Vries
GEOX Dragon Brendon Hartley TBA
NIO 333 FE Team
TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team André Lotterer Neel Jani

Images via ABB FIA Formula E Championship

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