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Vandoorne Confirmed at HWA Racelab

HWA Racelab confirms Stoffel Vandoorne for upcoming Formula E season…

Photo: Stoffel Vandoorne (Facebook)

HWA Racelab has confirmed that Stoffel Vandoorne will partner Gary Paffett in the team’s first season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The current McLaren Formula 1 driver was confirmed at the German team on Monday following weeks of negotiations.

E-racing365 revealed last month that the Belgian was favorite for the second seat at the team which will become a full Mercedes EQ entry in 2019-20.

He will complete two days of testing at Valencia this week on Tuesday and Wednesday while a current Mercedes DTM driver is likely to stand in for him on Friday with Vandoorne at Circuit of The Americas for the United States Grand Prix.

“I am honored that HWA have signed me for their Formula E program,” commented Vandoorne.

“HWA are such a great team with a long and successful history in motorsport. 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.

“Although we are all newbies to the series, I have no doubt that we will have a steep learning curve.

“However, 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.”

Ulrich Fritz, HWA CEO and team principal, said that the driver lineup makes the team “well prepared for the challenges ahead”.

“There is a lot happening in our team at the moment,” 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.

“That’s why we all have a lot to learn together. It gives me confidence that we and our two drivers are well prepared for the challenges ahead.”

Paffett, who was announced at HWA during the team’s launch event last week, claimed his second DTM title at the Hockenheimring on Sunday.

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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    October 15, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Awesome. I’ll be rooting for him just as I was with Lotterer last year. You want these guys to come in and enjoy the championship. Because that positivity gets back to everyone in the motorsport world.

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      October 15, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Yeah. Lotterer struggled a lot in the first races but then got in to grips with the championship and started to enjoy it. Pretty sure the same will happen with Vandoorne. The first races will be sort of a cultural and technical shock but then he will find his way. And if he sticks around enough he can find himself in a very good position as he can be racing for the Mercedes FE works team in 2 years from now.

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    October 15, 2018 at 7:08 am

    He did nothing in F1 and probable will be the same with F.E

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