13 Oct 19
Vandoorne embarks on his second campaign in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with the Mercedes-Benz EQ team after a successful debut season with HWA Racelab.
With a wealth of racing experience behind him, the Belgian driver entered into the all-electric street racing series in 2018 with HWA Racelab, adding to an already impressive motorsport career. For the 2019/20 campaign, Vandoorne transitions to Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team.
Vandoorne's racing career started at the age of six, when he started competing in karting championships. With several victories to his name, the Belgian's breakthrough moment came in 2008 when he clinched the championship title in that year's Belgian KF2 season.
The following year marked the start of Vandoorne's international racing career before he progressed to the F4 Eurocup in 2010, winning in his debut year. In 2013, the Belgian driver was brought onto the McLaren Young Driver Programme before he was announced as McLaren Mercedes' official reserve driver in 2014. Beside his Formula One role, Vandoorne was racing in the GP2 Series for the French squad ART Grand Prix. After a successful first season with the team, he went on to win the championship on his second attempt. A year later, Vandoorne stepped in as a replacement for the injured two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to make his Formula One debut in the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing in the points on his very first outing.
For the past two Formula One seasons (2017 and 2018), the Belgian driver remained with McLaren before joining HWA Racelab in October 2018. Joined by DTM Champion Gary Paffett, the two made up the team's driver line up for it's debut season in the all-electric street racing championship. With HWA transitioning to a full Mercedes-Benz works team, Vandoorne finds himself partnering rookie Nyck de Vries as they challenge for the title in the Silver Arrow 01.