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Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02, Norman Nato, Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02
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Formula E Berlin E-Prix II
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The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

The 2021 Formula E season was just 27 hours old when Nyck de Vries made series history. By topping both practice sessions in Saudi Arabia, heading group qualifying before romping to pole, leading every lap on his way to victory and snaring fastest lap, he became the first driver to complete a total clean sweep.

With Edoardo Mortara crossing the line in second aboard his Venturi Racing car – the pair eventually ranked 1-2 in the final standings 14 races later – a clear warning shot had been fired. Mercedes had told its rivals that the Brixworth-based High Performance Powertrains site had developed one hell of an electric engine.

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