F1 convert Stoffel Vandoorne explains double Formula E penalty

Former McLaren Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne has explained how he earned two penalties for incorrect use of fanboost during ABB FIA Formula E's Mexico City E-Prix

F1 convert Stoffel Vandoorne explains double Formula E penalty

Vandoorne's HWA machine shut down twice on the opening tour in Mexico, forcing him to do a full reset, and he ended up a lap down before the red flag on lap three.

But following the red flag, Vandoorne used his fanboost before the 22nd minute rule defined in the regulations, and used an extra 50kW than is allowed.

Vandoorne was then hit with a drivethrough penalty for the early use of fanboost, and was also given a five-second time penalty for the excessive power output.

"Quite a frustrating race - a lot of things happened," Vandoorne told Autosport.

"One, on the first lap, the car shutdown twice - I still don't really know what the problem was, but we actually had to stop on track and reboot the car completely.

"So already we were kind of out of the race, there was no one to be seen around.

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"With the fanboost, I don't know exactly how it is within the regulations but we used it too early first of all.

"Then I think we had a power overcut as well. A few things that aren't really in my control.

"Obviously we had a drivethrough because of that and then the race was over again."

HWA had its first double finish in its FE debut season at Mexico, with both Vandoorne and team-mate Gary Paffett making it to the flag.

But Vandoorne's HWA team was compromised from the off in Mexico after developing a software glitch that proved troublesome over long runs and Vandoorne admitted to Autosport that his team went into the race "blind".

Asked if completing the race would provide valuable data to help HWA improve, Vandoorne said: "Yeah it will be useful.

"The positive is that we made it to the end and if you look at the pace it was back up there.

"I think we had the second quickest lap time so it proves there is pace in the car when everything runs smooth.

"But weekends like this, when you start on the back foot in practice one, it's almost impossible to recover.

"It's a steep learning curve we're going through."

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