Former McLaren Components 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne has defined how he earned two penalties for incorrect use of Fanboost throughout ABB FIA Components E’s Mexico Metropolis E-Prix.
Vandoorne’s HWA machine shut down twice on the opening lap, forcing him to do a full reset, and he ended up a lap down earlier than the crimson flag on lap three.
However following the crimson flag, Vandoorne used his Fanboost earlier than the 22nd minute rule outlined within the rules, and used an additional 50kW than is allowed.
Vandoorne was then hit with a drive-through penalty for the early use of Fanboost, and was additionally given a five-second time penalty for the extreme energy output.
“Fairly a irritating race – a variety of issues occurred,” Vandoorne advised Motorsport.com. “One, [on] the primary lap, the automotive shut down twice – I nonetheless don’t actually know what the issue was, however we really needed to cease on observe and reboot the automotive fully.
“So already [with] that we have been type of out of the race, there was nobody to be seen round.
“[With] the Fanboost, I don’t know precisely how it’s throughout the rules however we used it too early to start with. Then I believe we had an influence overcut as nicely. Just a few issues that aren’t actually in my management.
“Clearly we had a drive-through due to that after which the race was over once more.”
HWA had its first double end in its FE debut season at Mexico, with each Vandoorne and teammate Gary Paffett making it to the flag.
However Vandoorne’s HWA staff was compromised from the off in Mexico after growing a software program glitch that proved troublesome over lengthy runs and Vandoorne admitted Motorsport.com that his staff went into the race “blind”.
“The optimistic in the present day is that we made it to the top and in case you take a look at the tempo it was again up there,” the Belgian added.
“I believe we had the second quickest laptime so it proves there may be tempo within the automotive when all the pieces runs easy.
“However weekends like this, once you begin on the again foot in observe one, it’s nearly inconceivable to get well. It’s a steep studying curve we’re going by way of.”