Nyck de Vries says he and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team are well placed in both ABB FIA Formula E World Championship tables despite an up-and-down campaign for the Dutchman.
De Vries is the only driver to have won twice so far this season, having taken the victories in race one of the Diriyah and Valencia E-Prix, and he sits second in the Drivers’ standings, just five points behind championship leader Robin Frijns.
The Dutchman has failed to score points in four of the other five but heading into this weekend’s Puebla E-Prix in Mexico, he is hoping to return to the front end of the grid and score big points.
“It’s been quite a while since the last race in Monaco,” said de Vries. “We’ve had a short break and are now going into the second half of the year. I’m really looking forward to it.
“The first half of the season was marked by many ups and downs, but we’re well placed all things considered. We’ve got an excellent car and a very strong team, plus, we’re fighting from the front.
“I feel ready for Mexico and hope we can continue to improve there. We’ve learned a great deal since the beginning of the year and have done a tremendous amount by way of analysis over the past few weeks since Monaco.
“Hopefully, we can capitalize and build on that to be even more consistent during the second half of the year.”
“I feel very positive about the upcoming race weekend” – Stoffel Vandoorne
Team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne sits sixth in the standings despite two consecutive retirements, with the Belgian aiming for a reset this weekend in Puebla.
Vandoorne says racing at a new track should benefit Mercedes as they have traditionally been strong at new venues, and he is positive that he can get his season back on track.
“I’m really looking forward to finally getting back out on track,” said Vandoorne. “Monaco was a disappointing race for us, but we’ve used the time for a reset to carefully analyse all the data and get ready for Puebla.
“The track is new to everyone, which I think is to our advantage as we as a team tend to be good at preparing and adapting to face the new and unknown, but let’s wait and see how it goes!
“I feel very positive about the upcoming race weekend.”