HWA Racelab’s Stoffel Vandoorne was confident that a podium result was “at least possible” after a suspected driveshaft issue ended his Hong Kong E-Prix on Sunday.
Vandoorne had already taken the team’s first ever ABB FIA Formula E Championship pole position but was beaten off the line by a fast-starting Oliver Rowland.
The Belgian was running in fourth just behind eventual race winner Edoardo Mortara when he pulled off the track with the breakage.
“I think we could have finished on the podium and we could have been in there for a very strong result but it wasn’t meant to be,” Vandoorne told e-racing365.
“We had a failure, probably a driveshaft so it was very unfortunate and frustrating but we need to keep our heads high. The bigger results are just a matter of time now.
“I was very happy to bring the first pole to the team and for myself. It shows that the pace is there and all the work that we’re doing, is going in the right direction.”
Vandoorne thinks that HWA Racelab has turned a corner with its Venturi VFE05 package and will be a potent force for the rest of the season.
“When everything is working, we’re right up there and it shows that the progress is coming and I think we can do that more or less every weekend in qualifying now,” he said.
A conservative approach by Vandoorne in the early running was largely part of a careful plan to ensure maximum data and race mileage was achieved in a competitive position.
“I was a bit careful at the start of the race. For us, it was important to get to the end. I knew in dry conditions we weren’t going to be the quickest car,” said Vandoorne.
“But we were settling in, finding our feet and the pace was actually pretty good and with Gary’s points we have a lot to be happy about.”