Tales from the paddock: Formula E meets Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi

Dec 16, 2020

The Formula 1 season finale under the floodlights of Abu Dhabi was followed by the last event of the year on the Yas Marina Circuit– with two guests from Formula E

  • 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

  • F1: The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team ends the 2020 season with a double podium in the Abu Dhabi finale
  • Six-hour race in Rome: Top Three finish for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Autodromo Vallelunga
  • GT4 South European Series: Victory and P3 for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the final race of the season at Jerez de la Frontera

News snippets

Finale in Abu Dhabi: Last Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concluded a F1 season unlike any other that has gone before. For the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, it has been a difficult but nevertheless successful campaign, which Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton capped with another double podium at the Yas Marina Circuit. Between the first free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix on 3 July and the season finale on 13 December in Abu Dhabi, the teams competed on 17 race weekends within the short time span of just 23 weeks. The Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance was the most successful F1 car of the season, with a tally of 13 race wins. Eleven victories went to Lewis and two to Valtteri. Sergio Perez added another victory for Mercedes power with his maiden Grand Prix win at Sakhir. Despite an exhausting itinerary that included no fewer than four triple-headers, the team will have relatively little time to recharge its batteries over the festive weeks, as preparations for the start of the 2021 season are already in full swing.

Formula E meets Formula 1: On Tuesday, following on directly from the Formula 1 season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit hosted the last test sessions of the year. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team welcomed two drivers in the person of Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries from the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team. For Nyck, it was his first ever test outing in a F1 car, while for Stoffel, it was his first time at the wheel of the W11. Nyck and Stoffel completed 192 laps and 1,066 kilometres respectively in the course of the day. The test programme consisted of short as well as long runs, work on the setup and familiarisation with the characteristics of the Pirelli tyres. As both drivers are regular members of the F1 simulator programme, they were also able to draw comparisons between the physical and the virtual vehicle. In mid-January, Stoffel and Nyck will be flying to Santiago in Chile, where the first two races of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship are due to be contested on the weekend of 16/17 January.

Trickle-down effect: Cutting-edge technologies from F1 are more relevant to our everyday lives than you might think, because the ‘trickle-down effect’ from the premier class of motorsport has never been greater. So, what are some examples that might help us better appreciate the importance of 1 knowledge transfer to mass production vehicles? We take a look at hybrid and battery technologies, not least among them the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.

Read more: http://mb4.me/YRWp4Bw3

Podium success for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 6-hour race: In the 6 Hours of Rome, the Customer Racing outfit AKM Motorsport once again demonstrated the superb capabilities of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in endurance racing. At the Autodromo Vallelunga just outside the Italian capital, the quartet of Perluigi Alessandri, Marco Antonelli, Gianluca Giraudi, Francesca Linossi (all ITA) driving the number 27 car finished in third place overall, which was enough for them to run out winners in the GT3OP class.

Victories with the Mercedes-AMG GT4: Bullitt Racing’s trophy haul at the GT4 South European Series event in Jerez de la Frontera was impressive. In the third and final race of the weekend, Ian Loggie (GBR) in the number 66 Mercedes-AMG GT4 claimed overall victory, with team-mate Romain Monti (FRA) in the #33 joining him on the podium in third. In the two races before, they posted one AM class victory each. 

In the fifth Japanese Super Taikyu race of the season at the Auto Polis International Racing Course, Endless Sports celebrated class victory with the number 3 Mercedes-AMG GT4. Togo Suganami, Tsubasa Takahashi, Yudai Uchida, Hideki Yamauchi (all JPN) crossed the finish line in sixth place overall after five hours to take class victory for the third time this season. The Hirix Racing trio of Yuki Nemoto (JPN), Shaun Thong (HKG) and Daisuke Yamawaki (JPN) driving the number 888 Mercedes-AMG GT3 finished the race in fourth place and are still in with a chance of taking the championship title on the final weekend (23rd/24th January 2021) at Suzuka.

Social Media News

#ProjectONE: Always at the limit, even after work. Lewis Hamilton gives us a demo of F1 hybrid technology for the road with the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMUaGib1imo

#ThisOrThat: Coffee or porridge? Singing or dancing? It’s time for a quick game of ‘This or That’ with Valtteri Bottas.

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

#CareForWhatMatters: No matter if you're a Grammy-winning superstar, a 7-time Formula 1 champion or a tennis legend: in the end it's all about being there for your loved ones and taking care of what really matters.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL4Yoh6P3EQ

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