McLaren Components 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne is about for a drive with the HWA Components E staff within the 2018/19 Components E championship, Motorsport.com understands.
Vandoorne, who can be changed in McLaren’s line-up by 2018 Components 2 racer and staff reserve driver Lando Norris, is predicted to be introduced as a HWA FE driver forward of the beginning of pre-season testing, which will get underway at Valencia subsequent week.
Motorsport.com understands that Vandoorne has sampled FE equipment through simulation runs and impressed HWA together with his efficiency.
HWA, which is a precursor to Mercedes’ arrival in FE as a full works operation for the 2019/20 season, has already revealed that DTM racer Gary Paffett will drive one among its Venturi-powered vehicles in season 5.
Ulrich Fritz, HWA FE staff principal and present Mercedes DTM boss, beforehand defined to Motorsport.com that the squad’s “driver line-up can be everlasting” for the Valencia take a look at.
Motorsport.com understands that Vandoorne will full a day of operating with HWA on the Ricardo Tormo observe earlier than travelling to Austin to participate within the US Grand Prix with McLaren.
A HWA spokesperson confirmed that the squad will reveal its second FE driver on Monday, including “Stoffel is on the shortlist”.
With Vandoorne set to finish HWA’s FE line-up, the one remaining unconfirmed seats on the season 5 grid are the 2 slots at Mahindra Racing, which is but to announce its driver plans for the approaching marketing campaign, and the one area at Dragon Racing.
Dragon introduced on Thursday that Jose Maria Lopez will proceed to race for the staff in season 5, with its 2017/18 take a look at and reserve driver Maximilian Gunther linked with the second 2018/19 seat.