Stoffel Vandoorne ready to tackle weather and 'interesting' circuit at Seoul E-Prix

Stoffel Vandoorne has said that the Seoul E-Prix circuit layout and the weather in South Korea will both provide challenges this weekend as Formula E reaches its season crescendo.

FE is coming to the end of season eight and as things stand the title is Vandoorne’s to lose, with him 36-points clear at the top of the standings.

He’ll know that nothing is certain in the sport, though, and with plenty of heavy weather around in Seoul and South Korea at the moment, plus the fact the track is totally new to the drivers, the Belgian will be doing anything but getting complacent in the build-up.

STREETS OF LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 31: Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02 during the London ePrix II at Streets of London on Sunday July 31, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Galloway / LAT Images)

Certainly, it’s going to be fascinating if the heavens open during either race this weekend, especially after what we saw in New York a few weeks back, and Vandoorne will be hoping that things are as dry as possible as he looks to seal the deal.

When asked by Give Me Sport in a recent virtual press call, Vandoorne gave some insight on the new circuit from the simulator work he has done, and also highlighted the weather as a potential issue:

“It looks quite interesting the circuit. It’s quite a special characteristic let’s say. Obviously, the first part of the lap is very slow speed, very tight into the stadium section and then the last part of the track has some big straights and different tarmacs.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – AUGUST 09: People walk along the street still draining after heavy rainfall on August 09, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. The heaviest rainfall in 80 years has pounded Seoul and surrounding regions. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

“From the simulator at least it looks like quite a bumpy circuit as well, it’s not the most energy-sensitive track so the overtaking will be probably a little bit harder, so it makes qualifying more important.

“I think the weather is probably the biggest problem we will have to deal with during the weekend, to be honest! I’ve seen some people that are out there already and there’s definitely a lot of water coming down.”

Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reaches its conclusion in Seoul, South Korea with a double-header on August 13 and 14, with both races live on terrestrial television on Channel 4 from 07:30 BST.

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