NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: With the conclusion of Formula E Season 8, NEOM and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team celebrated unmatched success by retaining both the ABB FIA Formula E Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships.
The team secured the Championship in the 100th race in the history of the all-electric motorsport series. Finishing Round 16 of the season in second place, Team Driver Stoffel Vandoorne secured both the Drivers’ Championship and crucial points to ensure the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team celebrated the Team World Championship title.
Away from the track, NEOM celebrates the ongoing impact of the sports partnership with two candidates from NEOM’s Graduate Opportunities in Work (GrOW) program who are returning to NEOM after completing a 12-month secondment with the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team.
To analyze the effects of the secondment program, Dr. Katherine Bond, an organizational performance expert, today released a white paper highlighting the significant and potentially transformational development opportunity enabled through the partnership. Alongside developing technical skills and expertise, the paper cites the benefits for the two individuals from gaining experience working within a high-performance environment and how these learnings will contribute to the development of NEOM.
Jan Paterson, Managing Director of Sport at NEOM, said: “Congratulations to our partners the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team on another incredible season and securing back-to-back double Championship wins. Alongside the team’s success on the track, we are delighted to welcome the two GrOW secondees back to NEOM following their year-long placement within the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. We place high importance on supporting and empowering the development of NEOM’s future leaders and it is a testament to the power of sports partnerships when we see the personal and professional growth of our two secondees that they have attained from operating in a high-performance sports team.”
Ian James, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Principal, said: “We are hugely grateful to NEOM for their continued support throughout the last three seasons. It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work alongside the two secondees, with each bringing a fresh perspective and obvious leadership qualities to the team. We’re very excited to follow their journeys back in NEOM and to witness the continued development of this inspiring region.”
NEOM is an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what a New Future might look like. It is a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – a place where entrepreneurship will chart the course for this New Future. It will be a destination and a home for people who dream big and want to be part of building a new model for exceptional livability, creating thriving businesses and reinventing environmental conservation.
NEOM will include hyperconnected, cognitive towns and cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centers, sports and entertainment venues, and tourist destinations. As a hub for innovation, entrepreneurs, business leaders and companies will come to research, incubate and commercialize new technologies and enterprises in groundbreaking ways. Residents of NEOM will embody an international ethos and embrace a culture of exploration, risk-taking and diversity.
About the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team:
Motorsport has been a core element of Mercedes-Benz for more than 125 years. The first vehicle to bear the Mercedes-Benz name was a racing car. At the end of 2019, Mercedes-Benz added a new chapter in its long and successful motorsport history. The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the ideal platform to demonstrate the performance of the Mercedes-EQ battery-powered electric vehicles, offering a completely new kind of experience, which combines racing with a unique event character. The team celebrated the first-ever fully electric race win for Mercedes-Benz in their debut season in Formula E. Last year, only the second full season for the team in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the team clinched a historic double World Championship, by finishing first in both Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships.