Gary Paffett is targeting a future drive with Mercedes when the German manufacturer enters the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2019-20 after competing with HWA Racelab this season.
The Brit was confirmed at HWA on Monday, with the Affalterbach-based outfit effectively serving as a ‘sleeper team’ this season ahead of Mercedes joining the field.
He has a long history with Mercedes having competed for the brand in DTM since 2003, and is in contention for his second title in the German series at the finale this weekend.
Mercedes is already known to be working on a powertrain for its 2019-20 car at its High Performance Powertrains facility in Northamptonshire.
“I’d love to be in the capacity as a driver for Mercedes in Season Six,” Paffett told e-racing365. “That’s a long way away yet though.
“We are embarking on a new adventure with HWA and myself in Formula E, so there is a long way to go before Season Six.
“But it is certainly something I would like to be involved with. I have been involved with Mercedes for 15 years in DTM, so my goal would be continuing with Mercedes when they come in next year.”
Paffett and HWA engineers joined Venturi, which is providing customer powertrains to the German team, for pre-season testing over the summer.
He is said to have impressed during test runs and at the Marrakesh rookie test in January, when he got his first taste of the electric single-seater series.
Test Runs “Invaluable” for Paffett, HWA
Paffett says the test mileage he has accrued with the Venturi VFE-05 development car has been important ahead of his race debut in the series.
“Testing has been really helpful,” Paffett told e-racing365.
“We have had a decent amount of testing with the car which has been invaluable for both myself and the engineers integrating themselves with Venturi.
“They have been learning a lot about the car, about the systems.
“The systems are the most important thing and there is a huge amount you can do, but there is also a huge amount you can get wrong as well, so they need to learn the ins and outs of that.”
Rene de Boer contributed to this report.