Vandoorne ‘not worried’ despite championship deficit

Defending Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne is not concerned about his deficit in the championship despite an underwhelming start to his 2023 campaign


Stoffel Vandoorne says he’s “not worried” despite being 69 points behind Pascal Wehrlein in the Formula E championship after five rounds.

Vandoorne, who is the defending champion, was seventh in Cape Town on Saturday whilst DS Penske teammate Jean-Eric Vergne narrowly missed out on the win to Antonio Felix da Costa.

A disappointing start to the season has left Vandoorne 13th in the championship but he’s happy to see the car has pace.

“It confirms out performance from the last race in India,” said Vandoorne. “That’s the main thing.

“JEV has done a fantastic job, everything has gone smooth from his side and it hasn’t from my side yet.

“I’m not worried. I’m confident and happy to see the car is capable to do this and it just takes a little bit of fortune to turn things around.”

Vandoorne revealed he was on course to qualify for the duels in Cape Town, before Edoardo Mortata and Sam Bird crashed which caused a red flag.

The Belgian feels it’s only a matter of time before his championship charge sees him climb up the standings.

“We got some good points, which was good considering we started in 12th,” added Vandoorne.

“I think I just need a little bit of luck sometimes. In qualifying I twas on a really good lap which would have put me into the duels, but unfortunately there was Edo’s crash and the red flag stopped the show let’s say.

“Had to do a bit of work in the race – a decent result. I think the car has got some good potential and just got to keep working, keep our heads down and I’m sure our fortunes well turn around soon.”

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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