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Mercedes’ Ian James: “Puebla offers us two opportunities to show what we are made of”

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Ian James says the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team have gone through everything they can to ensure they do not have a repeat of their pointless weekend in Monaco prior to the first Puebla E-Prix.

Neither Nyck de Vries nor Stoffel Vandoorne scored points in the Monaco E-Prix, with both drivers crashing out.  And now a month later, James, the Team Principal of Mercedes, says they want to rectify the missed opportunities of points this weekend in Mexico.

“It’s been a while since we last raced,” said James.  “We hit the streets of Monaco in early May, and came back home empty handed that time around.

“Coming back without scoring any points, we had a slight bitter taste in our mouths; we knew we could have achieved more. We now want to rectify that in Mexico. A lot of work has gone into making sure we are prepared as well as possible, and we don’t leave any stone unturned.”

James admits he does not know what to expect from this weekend’s double-header in Puebla, but he does know it will be a challenging weekend for everyone, especially Mercedes.

However, he is adamant the team will enjoy that challenge as they bid to extend their lead at the top of the Teams’ Championship, which currently stands at just two points over Jaguar Racing.

“Having said that, it’s difficult to know what exactly to expect from the upcoming two rounds in Puebla,” said James.  “It is the first time Formula E will be paying a visit to the circuit. And it’s not an ordinary track for the series. But we like a good challenge.

“I can’t wait to get racing again this weekend. As a double-header event, Puebla offers us two opportunities to show what we are made of. We have a great team. A group of people always looking to optimise the situation and improving in any area possible. That’s an immensely important and valuable strength.

“If we keep getting the best out of ourselves, optimising our performance every single round, we are going to have a great end to the season.”

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