hwa making progress – stoffel vandoorne

12:00    12 Mar 2019

Stoffel Vandoorne
HWA are making significant strides in their first Formula E campaign, according to driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Belgian, who raced for McLaren’s Formula 1 team last season, secured HWA’s first points in FE with a pole position at the Hong Kong E-Prix this past weekend.

Vandoorne’s teammate Gary Paffett then finished eighth in the race to take their tally to seven points overall.

HWA have had some significant reliability and set-up problems this season, but their progress has been tangible, and Vandoorne feels it’s only a matter of time before even more positive results come their way.

"It's funny because you have massive highs and lows and our highs was the Super Pole, scoring our first pole, and it shows all the progress we have been having with the team," said Vandoorne.

"I'm happy I got the first pole in Formula E for myself and the team.

"We didn't have the pace like Andre [Lotterer] and Sam [Bird], they looked quicker than anyone else, and from our side we had already a few difficult races so we were managing our own and not looking at others.

"We were running comfortable in third and in Formula E you need to think of the long game because that's when the action happens, and we saw it with the crazy end.

"We didn't make there, sad to be like that. It's a matter of time now before the results come to us, that's clear now."

In regards to his pole position run, Vandoorne added: "It was pretty exciting, very tricky conditions and massive adrenaline to put it together in one lap when the conditions are like this.

"You need to play with the car and feel exactly right and I think we've been good with that."

Vandoorne's teammate Paffett said it was disappointing to fall from fourth to eighth, but that HWA took a step forward in Hong Kong.

"I'm content after the weekend. After qualifying you have a lot higher expectations considering where we started, so a little bit disappointed we didn't score more points but it was a dry race after a wet qualifying," Paffett said.

"Taking it as a normal dry race, we scored our first points and we learned a lot. We have to be very happy with the weekend overall. The pace in the wet was really good, very competitive.

"In the dry, we did some learning and we still have some learning to do, some time to find obviously, but we scored points and that was the aim.”

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