McLaren System 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne admits he would’ve favored “a bit extra preparation” forward of his System E debut with collection newcomer HWA.
After dropping his McLaren drive for 2019, Vandoorne will race in FE for Mercedes-affiliate HWA, and made his first public look for the squad within the current 2018/19 pre-season check at Valencia.
However his working in Spain – already decreased by having to depart with someday of the check remaining to journey to the US Grand Prix – was disrupted.
Vandoorne misplaced the entire first afternoon to a battery drawback after which stopped early in the unofficial ‘race simulation’ on day two, with the automobile declared ‘pink’ as its electrical methods had been nonetheless dwell.
“I don’t assume it’s been worse, [but] It’s not been splendid that’s for positive,” Vandoorne defined to Motorsport.com, when requested if testing had gone as anticipated.
“I might have favored to have a bit extra preparation and have extra working as a result of clearly I haven’t actually accomplished any race runs and correct qualifying simulations.
“So I must uncover some extra stuff after we really go racing but it surely was at all times going to be that approach.
“I’m additionally nonetheless combining my programme with System 1 so I’m sort of leaping from one to the opposite in the mean time however I’m not nervous about it.
“We may have a really huge, steep studying curve within the begin of the 12 months in comparison with another groups, which is regular as a result of it’s a brand new expertise for everybody.”
Vandoorne additionally defined that his primary focus between the top of pre-season testing – the one working HWA might full forward of season 5 as a Venturi buyer squad – could be targeted on studying FE’s particular race processes.
“There’s loads of operational stuff I nonetheless must study,” he mentioned.
“Particularly the vitality administration through the race, the sort of communication you've together with your group.
“All that stuff is what I missed out just a little bit throughout this check – the extra race-relevant stuff.
“So there’s loads of stuff we are able to do on a simulator – I’ll most likely be spending just a little little bit of time in there as effectively earlier than going to Riyadh [for the first race of season five].
“From my aspect the one factor I can do now's ensuring I’m 100% clear on what to do operationally.”