The Silver Arrows squad received the groups’ crown in its second full season within the collection by 4 factors over Jaguar Racing, whereas Nyck de Vries claimed the inaugural FIA drivers’ world championship.
Staff-mate Vandoorne ranked ninth – having completed runner-up in 2019-20 – however on prime of a podium within the second Berlin race, he earned 4 factors by topping group qualifying and scoring pole place.
Though Vandoorne was already out of title competition heading into the final race, following clashes with Andre Lotterer and Oliver Rowland whereas main in Rome and London, Mercedes group principal James paid tribute to the function the Belgian’s one-lap tempo had performed within the success.
James advised Autosport: “[Vandoorne] actually did have the brunt of that misfortune] this season.
“But when I have a look at what he has achieved over the season, and if I look particularly at his qualifying efficiency on Sunday [in Berlin], he received the groups’ championship for us at that time.
“There isn’t any two methods about it.
“The main target over the previous few days has been completely, fairly rightly on Nyck and his world championship.
“He did a shocking job all season, his consistency, his pace and his method.
“However Stoffel deserves recognition as a result of with out these 4 factors, it might have been a really totally different story. An excellent supply by him.”
Stoffel Vandoorne, Mercedes-Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02, Oliver Rowland, Nissan e.Dams, Nissan IMO3
Picture by: Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images
Though Mercedes did iron out lots of the operational error that blighted its 2019-20 season, with de Vries way more severely impacted final 12 months, it nonetheless endured sizeable swings in its competitiveness by means of the center a part of the marketing campaign.
De Vries (two) and Vandoorne (one) scored victories in every of the opening three double-headers however didn’t win once more, together with 5 point-less outcomes from a run of six races.
Requested to judge the season, James continued: “It went proper all the way down to the wire.
“Do I need to repeat that subsequent 12 months? Completely, by way of profitable the double.
“However God, do I need to do lots earlier within the season, in a way more easy method.
“We can have that brutal honesty by way of what we did not do effectively, and we have already had these discussions and so they began [the day after the Berlin finale].”
Hypothesis persists that de Vries might transfer to Williams for the 2022 Formulation 1 season, ought to the incumbent George Russell exchange Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes.
That would go away Vandoorne to guide the Mercedes Formulation E driver line-up in what would be the producer’s final season within the all-electric collection.
Nonetheless, James and group chief govt officer Toto Wolff are main plans to discover a purchaser for the outfit in order that it might probably proceed in an impartial guise into the Gen3 period.