Stoffel Vandoorne: “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be competitive at Valencia” – The Checkered Flag

Stoffel Vandoorne will come into this weekend’s double header in Spain with confidence after lastly taking his first victory of the season in race two of the Rome E-Prix weekend two weeks in the past.

The Mercedes-EQ Method E Staff driver had scored solely seven factors within the opening three races of the 12 months, with an eighth-place end within the first race of the Diriyah E-Prix being adopted by him scoring three extra factors with pole place for race one in Italy.

The Belgian former Method 1 driver says this weekend’s Valencia E-Prix goes to be very completely different to what drivers skilled in Rome, with the ABB FIA Method E World Championship internet hosting a race weekend round a everlasting race circuit for the primary time, though with a couple of modifications.

“The Valencia circuit may be very completely different to the one we raced on in Rome,” mentioned Vandoorne.  “In actual fact, it’s nearly the exact opposite. Rome was a slim, bumpy road circuit whereas Valencia is a everlasting circuit that has been barely modified to be a bit of extra twisty and better-suited to Method E.

“The circuit traits are very completely different: the corners are literally fairly quick and lengthy, making Valencia a serious problem by way of vitality administration. In that respect, it’s most likely one of many hardest circuits of the 12 months, so racing might be intense and technique will play a key function.”

Vandoorne says overtaking round Valencia must be ‘pretty simple’ however will have an effect on vitality administration, however he feels Mercedes must be in for a aggressive weekend.

“Overtaking must be pretty simple however will put you at a drawback by way of vitality administration,” mentioned the Belgian.  “It’s not but obvious the place we are going to stand in comparison with the opposite groups.

“I don’t see any cause why we shouldn’t be aggressive at Valencia, however everyone knows how unpredictable Method E might be. Something is feasible, and I’m approaching the weekend feeling very constructive.”

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