Stoffel Vandoorne hopeful of turning around tough Formula E start in Hong Kong

Stoffel Vandoorne hopeful of turning around tough Formula E start in Hong Kong

“It shows that when we put everything together and put all the pieces together that the pace is there and that we can fight for the top positions. We have just not been able yet to put all the pieces of the puzzle together in a race weekend. That is what is missing at the moment.

“There’s been mistakes from my side, there has been a few technical problems we’ve been having in the first couple of races. It’s Hong Kong this weekend, it’s a new opportunity.  [It is a] very different challenge because I feel like this is the first real Formula E track we’re going to.”

It has been, he says, a steep learning curve for himself and HWA Racelab who have moved to Formula E from the DTM, the German Touring Car championship. Challenges have included learning the car’s power management, dealing with a lack of power steering and the series’ condensed format where practice, qualifying and the race all take place on one day. 

“‘[The team] have been so used to that process of running DTM cars that running Formula E is something completely different. Arriving at the first race it was a bit of a mayhem before the first practice session. We are making steps every race. Sometimes we have little steps back as well but we are making progress,” he said. 

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