Axed Vandoorne ‘glad it is all over’

Date published: December 6 2018

Stoffel Vandoorne is relieved that the Formula 1 season is over and is now able to concentrate on pursuing new challenges.

Vandoorne arrived as one of the most exciting young talents in Formula 1, but two poor seasons with an uncompetitive McLaren have resulted in his exit.

The Belgian will now compete in Formula E with the Mercedes-affiliated HWA team and he is more than ready for a fresh start.

“After my last race in F1, I was glad that it was over and I was able to start something new, in a completely different environment,” Vandoorne told Sporza.

“I have had two good years at McLaren, but unfortunately it was the worst two years in their history, and I couldn’t change much about that on my side.”

Vandoorne still has ambitions to return to Formula 1, but said he will use his time away to pursue other interests.

He is also excited about the potential of Formula E as it heads into its fifth year.

“It will be a voyage of discovery for me,” he added. “It was a short winter break.

“Formula E has a lot of potential to grow, the championship is only four years old and has grown enormously during that time.

“I hope it will be a positive story, but we have to be realistic because it is a big adjustment for myself and the team.

“Formula E is something quite different from what I’m used to, not just the way of working with the team, but also the different circuits – almost all street circuits – and the energy management during the race.”