Stoffel Vandoorne gears up for the rest of the season and talks about his racing profession. Storming to the highest of the driving force standings after choosing up his first win of the season on the Monaco E-Prix, the Mercedes driver is now on the high of the Driver Standings after ending forward of Jean-Eric Vergne in second and Mitch Evans in third.
The Monaco race weekend was a profitable one for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Staff, with Stoffel Vandoorne successful the race and Nyck de Vries securing additional factors and ending in tenth place, giving the workforce a transparent lead in the Staff Championship with 120 factors with Stoffel main the Driver Standings.
Q. Profitable in Monaco should have been one thing particular—are you able to tell us extra about your expertise successful in Monaco as in comparison with the standard races?
Monaco races are particular in any sequence, and in any class. I’ve raced right here in the previous for a few completely different sequence, such because the World Collection by Renault GP2, and Formula 1 as properly. I gained in the GP2 in 2015, which was fairly a particular feeling as properly.
Final weekend was my first win in Formula E, which was additionally my first one among this season, which makes it a really particular one. I feel that is undoubtedly a race that everybody needs to have in their racing profession, with all of the hype round it in addition to the circuit’s historical past. I used to be clearly extraordinarily very comfortable and so was everybody in the workforce.
Q. What are your emotions on the upcoming race in Berlin?
Berlin is a house race for us, and I’m trying ahead to being again on monitor.
Berlin traditionally has been fairly good to us. It’s the place I had my first victory in Formula E. It’s additionally a really explicit one. Possibly it’s due to the best way the monitor is over there with the concrete–it’s on an previous airfield. The concrete may be very abrasive and aggressive, which suggests we have to maneuver fastidiously, and get the automobile in on the proper window to have the ability to carry out there. Although we’ve had some good races, we’ve got additionally had some races the place we’ve got struggled somewhat. It’s a difficult race however I’m trying ahead to it. It’s a monitor that fits me as properly, and hopefully we handle to get it proper once more.
Q. Are there any tracks suited extra for Mercedes in the rest of the season?
Whenever you take a look at all of the circuits that we’ve got to race in, there are specific circuits the place our efficiency has been stronger and but different circuits the place we’ve got struggled. The championship is bit a special now with the completely different qualification format. It offers somewhat extra alternative to equalize the sector and to play on the entrance. I don’t actually know if there are any tracks in explicit that go well with us. It’s simply the character of the championship and the competitors being so intense, that when you miss out by a tiny bit, it’s very straightforward to search out your self on the again foot. I imagine it’s all about maximizing each weekend and acquire an edge to struggle on the forefront on any circuit.
Q. How necessary you suppose it’s in the primary half of the races to carry again and protect that power?
It’s all the time a tough steadiness to make clearly as a result of in a perfect scenario, you don’t need to struggle an excessive amount of. However whenever you’re in the highest place, you additionally don’t need to lose out on that place, requiring so that you can strike a really delicate steadiness.
For instance, in Rome after I was main the race and competing with Robin, we ended up losing power and then Mitch got here via with the power. I feel it’s simply the character of the championship proper now, the place it’s so aggressive, and it’s extra about being environment friendly initially.
Q. Since Mercedes goes to retire from Formula E, do you imagine you’ll be a part of the workforce’s future plans as soon as the season is over?
There’s nonetheless nothing confirmed on the workforce’s facet, however I feel lots of people know relating to what’s coming. From my facet, I’d say that there’s a lot to analyse in phrases of what one of the best and best package deal will likely be, and there are fairly just a few alternatives on the market. Ultimately, I’ve to resolve what’s going to be one of the best for my future and what’s going to get me essentially the most aggressive package deal in order for me to have the ability to proceed racing and successful the races, which is a very powerful factor for me.
Q. Are you fascinated with successful the championship this season, or do you suppose it’s nonetheless too early to say?
It’s nonetheless manner too early, although we’re nearly midway via. In Formula E, issues can change in a short time and flip round fairly drastically, so I’m not likely focusing on being the championship lead in the meanwhile and simply taking it race by race, which is what I’ve been doing because the begin of the 12 months.
The bottom line is to simply be constant, which can even allow me to attain the factors at each race. That is my principal focus in the meanwhile, and we’ll see the place we find yourself later.
Q. I do know lots of people inside the media would say that final 12 months you drove properly sufficient to be a world champion and it was solely dangerous luck that prevented you from successful the title. Do you suppose final 12 months you had been ok to be world champion and is that driving you this 12 months?
Sure, I feel so. Final 12 months was clearly fairly a random season in phrases of deciphering what occurred. There have been undoubtedly a few events the place I had my share of dangerous luck and misplaced out on large factors through the default group qualifying codecs. One among them was in Valencia, the place I certified on pole however then was disqualified, and there was the opposite race in Rome the place Lucas had an issue and each myself and Nyck had been out of race. This additionally occurred in Rome, the place I used to be main the race and then acquired taken out. In the event you take a look at the hole in the top, I didn’t really want that a lot to simply to leap to the highest of the tables.
This 12 months, I need to go away no stone unturned as I simply need to be sure that I do every little thing proper from my facet, and the issues I’ve below my management.
Q. Will you be racing at Formula E subsequent 12 months? If sure, what workforce will you be with?
I need to be in Formula E subsequent 12 months, and that’s my mindset for the place I need to be in the future. Like I stated earlier than, there are lots of modifications occurring inside our personal workforce in the meanwhile, and a very powerful factor is to have a aggressive package deal and a aggressive automobile that may allow me to struggle for victories and championships.