Vandoorne to join Formula E with HWA | Formula E

Stoffel Vandoorne will move to Formula E with the Mercedes-backed HWA team for the 2018-19 season.

Vandoorne’s team mate will be Gary Paffett, the former McLaren test driver who won the DTM championship for the second time yesterday.

HWA has previously competed in Formula Three, the DTM and GT Racing.

“HWA are such a great team with a long and successful history in motorsport,” said Vandoorne. “All the people I’ve met so far are really passionate about racing.

“Also, it´s great to work alongside such an experienced driver as Gary Paffett. I am pretty sure that we will benefit from each other during the season.”

Vandoorne said the team expect a “steep learning curve” in their first season.

“It won’t be easy. My objective is, therefore, to become competitive in the series as soon as possible and to make a good impression.”

After making his F1 debut with McLaren in 2016, Vandoorne has endured two tough seasons alongside veteran team mate Fernando Alonso in uncompetitive cars. But HWA CEO Ulrich Fritz said he is convinced of his potential.

“Stoffel has demonstrated his talent and his speed not only in Formula 1, but also in the 2015 GP2 which he won by a wide margin.” he said.

“In Stoffel and Gary we have two Formula E rookies on our team, which in any case is making its own debut in the electric series, [so] we all have a lot to learn together.

“However, Gary and are Stoffel outstanding racing drivers who have a wealth of experience gained in Formula 1 and in the DTM…both know how to work in collaboration with the engineers to develop and fine-tune a new racing car.”

Vandoorne lost his seat at McLaren who will have an all-new line-up of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jnr next year. He will join fellow ex-F1 driver Felipe Massa making his debut when the championship’s fifth season begins on December 15th in Saudi Arabia.

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