BUOYED BY FIRST PODIUM IN FORMULA E: HWA RACELAB HEADS TO PARIS WITH WIND IN ITS SAILS
  • Quotes from Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne ahead of the race in Paris
  • Ulrich Fritz: "It is important for us not to get carried away after the last race.“
  • Facts and schedule for the Paris E-Prix

Affalterbach, 24th April 2019 – The first podium finish in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Rome was a joyous moment for HWA RACELAB. Prior to that success, it had been a rollercoaster of a season for the team from Affalterbach, in which good qualifying performances had often gone unrewarded in the races. The goal is now to continue this positive trend at the Paris E-Prix this Saturday (27th April).

The HWA RACELAB drivers had already demonstrated how strong they are on several occasions in qualifying. In Rome, they showed that it is also possible to consistently set fast lap times with the VFE-05 car. Stoffel maintained his position in the top three through to the finish, while Gary had also shown good pace up to his unfortunate retirement.

The circuit in Paris is 1.93 kilometres long around Les Invalides. The drivers and teams will once again have to overcome a bumpy surface. To avoid putting too much strain on material, a temporary new layer of asphalt has actually been laid over the cobblestones in one sector of the track.

Gary Paffett (38, England)
"For me personally, the Rome E-Prix was disappointing, with the poor qualifying and the early retirement from the race. That made Stoffel's performance, which gave HWA RACELAB its first podium, all the more pleasing. It showed what potential our cars have and what our team is capable of. As such, we can feel positive heading to Paris. It will again be important not to make any mistakes and to get the maximum out of the car. If we manage that, there is a good chance that we will pick up points again."

Stoffel Vandoorne (27, Belgium)
"It was fantastic to make such a successful start to the European races in Rome. I am confident that we can back that up over the course of the rest of the season. However, we are also well aware that it will not be easy. The reliability of the cars is still something that we must work on. However, we will do our best to optimise everything. We start from scratch again in Paris. Our goal will once again be to complete as many laps as possible and to learn as much as possible. Then we'll see how things turn out at the end."

Ulrich Fritz, Team Principal HWA RACELAB
"Our first Formula E podium in the last race in Rome was a huge success and the just reward for our entire team. The girls and guys have done a fantastic job in recent months and never hesitated to go that extra mile. That has paid off now. However, we still have to remain realistic and humble. In Formula E, one good race does not mean that you can automatically repeat the success. Quite the opposite: The season has shown how evenly matched all the teams are. Up to this point, no team has claimed two wins. It is important for us to continue to work hard and remain focussed, and not to get carried away after the last race. A points finish is still a great success for us."

Facts on the Paris E-Prix
Circuit: Circuit des Invalides
Length: 1.93 km
Corners: 14
Race distance: 45 minutes + 1 lap

Schedule for 27th April 2019
Free practice 1: 07:30 - 08:15 (CET)
Free practice 2: 10:00 - 10:30 (CET)
Qualifying: 11:45 - 12:21 (CET)
Super Pole: 12:30 - 12:50 (CET)
Race: 16:00 (CET)
Podium ceremony: 17:00 (CET)