Vandoorne has never been so busy

Date published: May 9 2019

Stoffel Vandoorne has never been busier in his racing career than he is right now.

Former McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne is enjoying the busiest time of his life right now as his racing schedule continues to grow.

The Belgian signed for Formula E outfit HWA Racelab at the start of the 2018-19 season, scoring one pole and one podium finish, before becoming a Mercedes simulator driver to share duties with Esteban Ocon.

Vandoorne then made his World Endurance Championship debut at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps where he claimed P3 for SMP Racing.

The 27-year-old looked destined to be a Formula 1 mainstay after an impressive junior career, including his dominant GP2 title-winning campaign in 2015, but after joining McLaren his pace ultimately desert him, causing the Woking outfit to drop him after the 2018 season.

But now Vandoorne is slowly putting his name back on the map, and the experience he is gaining across different categories is providing him with new skills.

“I’m probably having the busiest time in my life now. I’ve never been so busy before,” Vandoorne told Crash.net.

“It’s nice to go from race to race and have different challenges. Next week we have Monaco in Formula E again, so it’s definitely no rest. I’m enjoying it.

“I’ve driven a lot of different cars in the past, and I’ve been racing in a lot of different series, and to do this one is kind of another box ticked.

“It’s a nice one, LMP1, here at Spa, my home race, but then also to be able to do Le Mans will be another special event.”

Vandoorne won the GP2 title in 2015 with ART Grand Prix who handle SMP’s World Endurance Championship interests – that link led to him signing a two-race deal that will see him make a maiden appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

The 2019-20 WEC campaign will begin in September, and perhaps unsurprisingly with everything currently on his plate, Vandoorne hasn’t thought yet of what role he wants to play in the upcoming season.

“I’m not looking at next season yet. It’s too early to say,” Vandoorne stressed to Crash.net.

“It’s nice to have this experience, get a first taste of the WEC paddock, get a first taste of the cars.

“I’m sure there will be opportunities, but we have to wait and see. It’s too early to decide on that.”

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