Mercedes satisfied with Formula E start but will remain grounded

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Mercedes Formula E boss Ian James says the team will remain grounded despite a strong start to their first season.

Driver Stoffel Vandoorne leads the championship following the opening three rounds having backed up two third places in Saudi Arabia with a sixth in Santiago this past weekend.

But ahead of the action in Chile, James reflected on what was an impressive debut in Ad Diriyah.

“Not only did Nyck [de Vries] and Stoffel do an outstanding job, but the whole team has shown what they are capable of. Besides finishing with two podiums, we showed a certain level of consistency in our performance,” he was quoted by Crash.net.

“However, you could see what Formula E is about: races are unpredictable and the qualifying format provides its own, unique challenge.

"Over the last weeks, we have had a close look at all we learned during our first races. For Chile, we want to continue on this path. It's now about retaining the necessary focus.

“Unlike in Saudi, the high temperatures in Santiago will certainly be a challenge. Therefore, we stick with our original goal to finish with both cars in the points."

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And that they would with De Vries fifth and Vandoorne sixth, this after last year's F2 champion was given a five-second penalty for a battery infringement, costing him third place.

"Everyone is trying to cool down the battery as much as possible before the race starts and unfortunately we just went below the [temperature] threshold," De Vries explained.

"[It's a] big shame - should have been a first podium on track but it happens, everyone makes mistakes, I make mistakes, so it's part of the job.

"Pushed to P5, but nevertheless, I'm satisfied with our race."

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