McLaren Components 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne’s change to Components E with HWA has been confirmed by the Mercedes-affiliated squad.
The information, as predicted by Motorsport.com, comes someday forward of the beginning of FE’s 2018/19 pre-season testing, which will get underway at Valencia on Tuesday.
Motorsport.com understands that Vandoorne, who will lose his F1 seat to McLaren’s 2018 take a look at and reserve driver Lando Norris for subsequent 12 months, will full the opening day of working at Circuit Ricardo Tormo earlier than travelling to Austin to compete within the US Grand Prix.
“I’m honoured that HWA have signed me for his or her Components E programme,” mentioned Vandoorne.
“HWA are such a terrific staff with a protracted and profitable historical past in motorsport. All of the individuals I’ve met to this point are actually captivated with racing.
“Additionally, it´s nice to work alongside such an skilled driver as [HWA FE teammate] Gary Paffett. I’m fairly positive that we are going to profit from one another throughout the season.
“Though we’re all newbies to the sequence, I’ve little question that we are going to have a steep studying curve.
“Nonetheless, it received’t be straightforward. My goal is subsequently to turn out to be aggressive within the sequence as quickly as doable and to make an excellent impression.”
Paffett’s signing was confirmed by HWA final week earlier than he secured the 2018 DTM title for Mercedes final weekend.
It was the marque’s remaining season competing within the DTM earlier than getting into FE, and taking HWA’s slot on the grid, for the 2019/20 season.
“There’s a lot taking place in our staff in the meanwhile,” mentioned HWA staff principal Ulrich Fritz.
“After the official staff presentation final week, we’re in the present day asserting the signing of Stoffel, which suggests we’ve slotted yet one more piece into the puzzle that’s our Components E mission.
“Stoffel has demonstrated his expertise and his velocity not solely in Components 1, but additionally within the 2015 GP2 which he received by a large margin.
“In Stoffel and Gary, we now have two Components E rookies on our staff, which in any case is making its personal debut within the electrical sequence. That’s why all of us have quite a bit to study collectively.
“Nonetheless, Gary and Stoffel are excellent racing drivers who’ve a wealth of expertise gained in Components 1 and within the DTM. As well as, each know easy methods to work in collaboration with the engineers to develop and fine-tune a brand new racing automotive.
“These are exactly the kind of strengths that can rely for lots in our first Components E marketing campaign. It provides me confidence that we and our two drivers are nicely ready for the challenges forward.”