McLaren Method 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne has revealed that Toto Wolff requested if he was all in favour of becoming a member of the Mercedes-affiliated HWA Method E staff, the place he’ll race in 2018/19.
Vandoorne’s McLaren exit was introduced in early September and he defined that the Mercedes motorsport boss contacted him about a HWA opening that very same month.
“So I had the primary contact in about September I’d say,” Vandoorne stated. “I truly had a cellphone name with Toto and he requested if I’d have an interest to affix HWA for the Method E challenge and I didn’t actually have to consider that.
“HWA as a staff – they’ve executed extraordinarily properly previously and simply final weekend gained the championship in DTM as properly – so quite a lot of gifted folks [are] there.
“And the plans for the longer term have been trying very thrilling so after I had the prospect to affix Method E with HWA and understanding what the longer term holds – I didn’t actually should suppose twice.”
Vandoorne was solely capable of full 13 laps on the primary day of FE’s official 2018/19 pre-season testing, which acquired underway at Valencia on Tuesday, as a battery concern meant he couldn’t run through the afternoon session.
He completed 19th within the day one standings however insisted such teething-problems have been to be anticipated – though he’ll miss the ultimate day of the check as he travels to race within the US Grand Prix for McLaren.
“I’ve had two days within the automobile earlier than coming right here, so I sort of have somewhat little bit of a sense already of what the automobile is doing, how every thing is behaving,” stated Vandoorne. “Clearly right this moment was a bit tough for us – we missed numerous working due to just a few points.
“However I feel it was all the time going to be that manner – the staff is totally new, there’s quite a lot of issues now we have to get on high of and the intention for this check is to get every thing proper operationally and ensure we get all of the procedures proper and switch up with hopefully bundle within the first race in Riyadh.”