Stoffel Vandoorne says that he is targeting a long-term career in Formula E with HWA and Mercedes.
The former McLaren Formula 1 driver was head-hunted by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff last summer with the intention of the Belgian spearheading the manufacturer’s involvement in electric motorsport.
HWA’s debut season is currently acting as an operational, sporting and technical dry run with a customer Venturi powertrain before the entry metamorphoses into the Mercedes EQ Formula E team for the 2019-20 season.
Vandoorne is expected to be confirmed as Mercedes EQ’s first official signing in the coming months and believes that his long-term commitment to Formula E will pay dividends in the long term.
“I am definitely seeing this as a long-term project and I am very happy to come in to this environment with HWA,” Vandoorne told e-racing365.
“I definitely want to be part of that, it is the clear aim.
“But here and now that is one for the future months I think. I know the direction in the future for the team and they have been clear on their aims.”
Vandoorne described 2019 as an “important year” for HWA, which ran Mercedes DTM entries in the past before switching to Formula E.
The 26-year-old also believes that his relationship with experienced ex-F1 engineer Tony Ross will also stand him in good stead for his future in the electric series.
“I’ve always liked the technical aspects of the car and to be involved in development so it’s an important year for us to gather as much information as possible to build up for Mercedes to come in next season,” said Vandoorne.
“We know what a professional constructor Mercedes are and everything they enter they go there to be the best and to win. This is the clear target and we at the moment have a responsibility in that to give a good direction to go.
“Working with Tony is so far really positive. People forget Formula E is new for him too but so far I see a lot of positives in working with him and the whole team.”