Mercedes reserve Vandoorne to focus on Formula E

"It’s very nice to go a step up within in the Mercedes family"

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By GMM

17 February 2020 - 12:26
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Stoffel Vandoorne says his main focus will be on Formula E in 2020.

The former McLaren driver may now be a frontrunner in the electric series, but he has just been signed up as Mercedes’ new F1 reserve.

"It’s very nice to go a step up within in the Mercedes family," the Belgian driver told RTBF.

"I was already involved in a lot of the simulator work, but now it will be a very busy year for me.

"I will be at all the grands prix unless they overlap with a race in Formula E. That (Formula E) is my priority, and the Formula 1 team knows that too."

Indeed, Vandoorne says he is not eyeing a full return to Formula 1 "at any cost".

"And if I have to step in as a spare driver, then there would have to be a serious incident for Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Botas and of course I do not hope for that.

"But if I have to, I am ready," said the works Mercedes driver in Formula E.

Overall, however, 27-year-old Vandoorne says he is happy in Formula E.

"I had a very good start to the season and I think I can have a very bright future in Formula E. I can show good results here, and that is the most important thing now," he said.

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