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Vandoorne Closing in on HWA Formula E Seat

Current McLaren F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne is closing in on a Formula E drive with HWA….

Photo: Stoffel Vandoorne (Facebook)

Stoffel Vandoorne has emerged as a surprise serious contender for a race seat with HWA in the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

E-racing365 can reveal that the current McLaren Formula 1 driver has tried a Formula E car recently and is close to firming up a deal to race for HWA as the team debuts in the series.

The Belgian, 26, recently lost his McLaren seat for 2019 and is understood to have been in discussions with HWA through contacts at Mercedes about moving to Formula E while he looks at future possibilities to return to F1.

Should he join HWA, he would likely partner DTM title contender Gary Paffett, who has had several tests in Venturi’s Gen 2 car at Ales.

Only drivers within Mercedes’ roster were thought likely to be considered for a full-time role with the new team, but the recent availability of Vandoore and his experience of brake-by-wire technology makes him a good fit for the team.

HWA is running as its own entity for the 2018-19 campaign, using customer Venturi powertrains, in preparation for Mercedes to take over in 2019-20.

It has been utilizing some of the 22 manufacturer test days available to Venturi in recent months.

HWA will formally announce its lineup on Oct. 8 at its Affalterbach base in Germany.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam



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    September 26, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Maybe if Mercedes fail to find an F1 spot for Esteban Ocon, maybe it could be a Vandoorne-Ocon line-up at HWA.

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      September 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Very likely to happen IMHO

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    September 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Mercedes won’t be joining FE to loose so if he can find a seat with HWA, he can see himself in a very interesting position in 2 years time.

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    October 13, 2018 at 10:35 am

    nope dont want to see this guy in f.e…

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