• Mercedes Concludes 2020 F1 Season with Abu Dhabi Test

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team completes 192 laps at the Yas Marina Circuit

It was a busy day of running in the post-season Abu Dhabi test for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel of our two W11s. 

  • Stoffel, the team’s Reserve Driver, and Nyck both race in Formula E for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team. This was Stoffel’s first outing in the W11 and Nyck’s first taste of F1 machinery.
  • In the morning session, Stoffel set the pace, with Nyck in third. In the afternoon, both drivers improved their times, with Nyck moving up to second overall and Stoffel ending the day third on the timesheets. 
  • Today’s programme included giving the drivers experience on single lap and long runs, set-up changes to understand the effects they have on car balance and understanding the behaviour of the 2020 Pirelli tyres. We also completed simulator comparisons - as both drivers complete work in our simulator facility.
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units completed a total of 1,916 km today
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Nyck de Vries

Today was very special, making my Formula One debut. What an incredible car, it’s from a different planet really. You can brake so late and carry so much speed through the corners. It was a real pleasure to drive. I’m really pleased with the progression I made throughout the day and the work we completed. I was quite surprised with how quickly I felt comfortable in the car and the team was very supportive, doing everything they could to make me feel as comfortable as possible. A massive thanks to Mercedes for this very unique and special opportunity because it was a great day in the car. 

Stoffel Vandoorne

I had a lot of fun out there today in the W11. I managed to complete plenty of laps with both some short and longer runs. It was a pretty smooth day and I was quickest in the morning session as well. I want to say a massive thank you to the team for giving me this opportunity, because the chance to drive a Championship-winning F1 car doesn’t come around very often and is very unique. It was a real privilege to drive W11 and a really great day. I had to cut the afternoon a little short because I had to leave to the airport for a PR commitment, but nonetheless I’m really happy with the day we’ve had in the car and the opportunity to end the year driving W11. 

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Andrew Shovlin

Today was the last time we’ll see the W11 on track for a few years, so it was nice to give it one last run with Nyck and Stoffel, our Formula E drivers. They both did a great job. Stoffel has driven some of our previous cars over the last few years, but this was his first time driving the W11, so it was interesting to get his feedback. Unfortunately, Stoffel had to leave early to make a commitment with the Formula E team and missed the cooler conditions at the end of the day, but we were able to get through a full programme. For Nyck, it was his first day in an F1 car and he’s impressed us with how quickly he was up to speed and his pace on low and high fuel. Both Stoffel and Nyck contribute to our F1 programme with simulator work so today has been a really useful opportunity to let them try the real thing, and a nice way for us to close off the 2020 season.