Ex-Renault F1 technical director Chester joins Mercedes Formula E

Former Renault Formula 1 technical chief Nick Chester has joined Mercedes' Formula E programme ahead of next month's season finale in Berlin

Ex-Renault F1 technical director Chester joins Mercedes Formula E

Chester, 51, spent close to 30 years working in F1 across a number of roles, 19 of which were spent at Enstone across its Benetton, Renault and Lotus guises.

He also worked with Simtek, Ligier and Arrows before making the move to Enstone in 2000.

Chester replaced James Allison as the team's technical director in 2013, but left Renault last December as part of a restructuring of the technical department, and said he was "looking forward to a new challenge".

Despite being linked with a senior role at Williams, Chester has now made his return to motorsport after Mercedes announced he had joined its Formula E project.

Chester becomes the technical director of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, and commenced his work on the programme at the beginning of July.

It means Chester will be in place for the upcoming run of six races in nine days to complete the 2019-20 season in Berlin at the start of August.

Chester is the latest senior F1 figure to join Mercedes' project, joining Valtteri Bottas' former race engineer Tony Ross, who serves as the chief race engineer for the Formula E team.

Mercedes made its work team debut at the start of the 2019-20 Formula E season after initially announcing plans to enter the series in 2017.

The team currently sits fifth in the teams' championship ahead of the six-race sequence that will close out the season, scoring a best result of third with Stoffel Vandoorne at each of the Diriyah races last November.

Vandoorne sits sixth in the standings, 29 points shy of points leader Antonio Felix da Costa, while team-mate Nyck de Vries is 13th.

shares
comments
Red Bull F1 reserve driver Sette Camara replaces Hartley at Dragon for Berlin Formula E
Previous article

Red Bull F1 reserve driver Sette Camara replaces Hartley at Dragon for Berlin Formula E

Next article

American EV manufacturer Fisker in advanced talks for Extreme E entry

American EV manufacturer Fisker in advanced talks for Extreme E entry
Load comments
The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E teams Plus

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E 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

Formula E
Nov 30, 2021
How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Plus

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Formula E
Nov 29, 2021
How Formula E's polarising newcomer can prove himself Plus

How Formula E's polarising newcomer can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race-winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series

Formula E
Nov 27, 2021
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Plus

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Formula E
Nov 26, 2021
Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Plus

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit

Formula E
Oct 13, 2021
How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Plus

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

Formula E
Sep 21, 2021
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Plus

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun

Formula E
Sep 19, 2021
How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Plus

How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin

Formula E
Sep 17, 2021