Tales from the paddock: Italian week in Formula E, Formula One and GT Sport

Apr 14, 2021

As the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team returns from Rome with a winner’s trophy in its luggage, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is looking forward to an exciting race weekend in Imola.

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Social media news: What’s new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • Formula E: Stoffel Vandoorne wins round four in Rome
  • Super GT: P2 finish for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at the Okayama International Circuit in Japan
  • GT Cup Championship: Three wins in four races for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the season opener at Donington Park

News snippets

Imola, here we come: Next weekend, F1 returns to the historic Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari at Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – it is only the second time that a race there has been staged under that name. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team has fond memories of last year, when it contested its first Grand Prix at Imola. Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton not only secured pole position and victory respectively, but the team also wrapped up its seventh consecutive Constructors’ World Championship. On their return this year, they expect an equally tough battle to the one fought against strong competition in the Bahrain season opener. The first victory in a Mercedes-powered car at Imola was achieved by David Coulthard driving a McLaren-Mercedes in the 1998 season. The brand with the three-pointed star has an overall tally of two victories, ten podiums and six pole positions to its credit at Imola.

Facts & figures from Rome: The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team already saw action in Italy last weekend, competing in the capital city Rome for the first time. The second race weekend in Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was contested on a street circuit laid out around the campus of the World Exhibition (Esposizione Universale di Roma). It turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster ride for the team, which started with Stoffel Vandoorne booking his third pole position in the all-electric series. The team then suffered the frustration of an unlucky double retirement in the first race, but they weren’t going to let that knock them off their stride. On the contrary, Stoffel struck back in the second race on Sunday to record his second E-Prix victory, giving the team its second win of the season after Nyck de Vries’s triumph in the Diriyah opener. The third race weekend of the season takes the drivers and crew to Circuit Ricardo Tormo just outside Valencia in a fortnight’s time (24/25 April).

Customer Racing Teams start into title chase in Monza: Autodromo Nazionale Monza will serve as the venue for the opening round of this year’s GT World Challenge Europe at the weekend – one of four continental series within the GT World Challenge. Eight Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams will be participating in the renowned race series with 13 Mercedes-AMG GT3s. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s goal is to confirm last years’ huge achievements and to defend the drivers’ title as well as the Silver Cup drivers’ and teams’ titles. The schedule for the teams AKKA ASP Team, GetSpeed Performance, Haupt Racing Team, Madpanda Motorsport, SPS automotive performance, RAM Racing, Toksport WRT and WINWARD Racing consists of five sprint and five endurance events with the Total 24 Hours of Spa (29th July-1st August) as the season highlight. The GT World Challenge Europe, together with its counterparts in America, Asia and Australia, is considered as the world’s most competitive GT championship. The achievements from the teams in the continental competitions decide the outcome in the battle for the manufacturers’ title at global level that went to Affalterbach in the past two years.

Podium in the season opener of the 2021 Super GT: In a highly absorbing and closely fought season opener of this year’s Japanese Super GT, LEON RACING got themselves onto the podium after the top four crossed the finish line of the Okayama International Circuit within one second of each other. Having started from third on the grid, Naoya Gamou and Togo Suganami (both JPN) held their ground against fierce challenges in the early stages and emerged onto the track in second position after the pit stop. In the second half of the race, they were hot on the heels of the race leader and looking to profit from any small mistake. At the end of the 77 laps distance, the number 65 Mercedes-AMG GT3 eventually had to settle for the runner-up spot, just 0.4 seconds behind the winning car. A successful start for the LEON RACING team, which finished last year’s championship in third place.

Father-son duo score hat-trick in the GT Cup Championship: Team ABBA Racing got off to a gratifyingly strong start in the British GT Cup Championship. Richard Neary and his son Sam Neary (both GBR) driving the number 88 Mercedes-AMG GT3 won three of the four races at Donington Park. The father-son duo started from pole position in all four rounds. Enduro Motorsport contributed another podium finish in the fourth race of the weekend, with Marcus Clutton and Morgan Tillbrook (both GBR) in the number 66 Mercedes-AMG GT4 finishing second in the GTH class. 

Social Media News

#MyJobInF1: Our video series ‘My job in F1’ is back. This time we introduce Emma, an Aero Performance Engineer on our team, and reveal what her job involves.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zr9MqUewlU

#MercedesAMGMotorsport / #DTM: Some impressive clips from the DTM test days as the seven Mercedes-AMG GT3s put in their first DTM laps at the Hockenheimring.

Watch video: fb.watch/4PNXsrkJhR/

Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, Rome E-Prix 2021. Nyck de Vries
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, Rome E-Prix 2021. Stoffel Vandoorne
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, Rome E-Prix 2021. Stoffel Vandoorne
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, Rome E-Prix 2021. Stoffel Vandoorne
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, Rome E-Prix 2021. Stoffel Vandoorne
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, Rome E-Prix 2021. Stoffel Vandoorne
#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT
#88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP
#87 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKKA ASP Team
#20 Mercedes-AMG GT3, SPS automotive performance
Luca Stolz and Maro Engel, #6 Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT
Jules Gounon, Petru Razvan Umbrarescu (#89 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKKA ASP), Maro Engel and Luca Stolz (#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT) at the podium ceremony
#88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP
#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team Toksport WRT