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Vandoorne to partner Paffett at HWA

Stoffel Vandoorne will partner Gary Paffett at HWA Racelab for Season 5 of the FIA Formula E championship.

The Belgian driver will partner two-time DTM champion Paffett at the new HWA Racelab team.

Both drivers have links to the McLaren F1 team: Paffett was a long-time test and reserve driver at the Woking outfit while Vandoorne spent two years as a race driver.

Vandoorne had been a McLaren young driver since 2013 and jumped into a race seat at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso was ruled out with injury.

He outqualified 2009 world champion Jenson Button before finishing in 10th place.

The 2015 GP2 champion was then promoted to a full-time race seat alongside two-time world champion Fernando Alonso. He scored 13 points with McLaren-Honda in 2017 before a switch to Renault power.

After 17 races, Vandoorne has eight points to his name in 2018. He has been overlooked for a 2019 race seat by McLaren in favour of teenager Lando Norris.

Season 5 kicks off in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on December 15.

Photo courtesy HWA AG

Jack Amey

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