Stoffel Vandoorne says a 2019/20 Mercedes Method E drive is a “goal” for him to safe throughout his first season racing within the electrical championship with the producer’s HWA affiliate.
HWA has entered FE as a buyer Venturi outfit for season 5, with Vandoorne additionally making his debut within the collection after dropping his McLaren Method 1 drive.
Mercedes will take HWA’s slot on the FE grid in season six and Vandoorne, who accomplished the primary two days of 2018/19 pre-season testing at Valencia this week earlier than leaving early to participate on this weekend’s US Grand Prix, mentioned he desires to be part of the staff’s future evolution.
“We’ll see, [but] yeah, that’s positively the goal,” he informed Motorsport.com
“With this staff I believe for the longer term there’s large potential so it’s good to affix them now to be there firstly and hopefully I can provide them the expertise they should develop and I wish to be a part of that.
As a consequence of his FE’s squad’s ties with Mercedes – it was additionally the producer’s motorsport boss Toto Wolff who beneficial he take into account becoming a member of the HWA challenge – Vandoorne retains a hyperlink to an F1 programme.
When requested if he wish to be within the body for a Mercedes F1 drive sooner or later, Vandoorne mentioned: “I imply my essential focus can be Method E – that’s for positive, that is the place I can be racing the following season and the place I wish to put all my focus as properly – however on the similar time who is aware of?
“It’s a bit too early, I believe possibly ultimately I may nonetheless be concerned with Method 1, however how that can be, right now I can’t actually inform you.”
Vandoorne defined that he views his change to FE as a long-term improvement for his profession.
“I’m [in FE for the long-term], and after I signed up with HWA, I knew that this staff has a variety of skills,” he mentioned.
“They’ve clearly proved that within the totally different collection they’ve been competing in previously, simply final week they gained the DTM championship, and in addition figuring out what’s going to occur sooner or later with this staff, there’s large potential right here – in order that’s positively one thing I’m wanting ahead too.
“There’s a variety of drivers that mix totally different programmes – [my] essential precedence can be Method E and to date there’s not been actually something developing for a second programme, however who is aware of?
“Now everybody type of is aware of what I’m doing and we’ll see no matter different alternatives come up.”