Vandoorne: We can build on our virtual success

The Race at Home Challenge took drivers in their living rooms from the virtual Electric Docks to virtual circuits in Monaco and Hong Kong and then on to Berlin and New York.

Stoffel Vandoorne qualified among the Top Five on the grid in all eight sim racing events and went on to finish each of the eight races in the Top Five, taking a win and five podiums along the way. Having secured a total of 154 points, he beat title rival Pascal Wehrlein on 130 points.

“What a race,” said Stoffel, who booked P5 and P2 in the final doubleheader in New York and Berlin. “After eight weeks of back-to-back virtual #racing, I’m mega happy to have won the Race at Home Challenge. We’ve had a lot of amazing races during this time and took a fair number of pole positions and podiums plus a win along the way.

“Perhaps we should have taken a few more victories, but it was our consistency that counted in the end. We had another great race today with a P2 finish. I had a really intense battle with Pascal, and it’s terrific that we were able to win the team competition as well.

“I hope we can resume real #racing very soon now that we’re done with these virtual races. I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully, we can then build on our virtual success when we tackle the real thing.”

Stoffel’s teammate, Nyck de Vries, finished this weekend’s last virtual race of the season in P7 and thus played a part in ensuring that the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team were the most successful outfit in the Race at Home Challenge.

“I would like to begin by congratulating my teammate, Stoffel, on winning the Race at Home Challenge,” said Nyck. “We also finished as Team Winners, but that was more down to Stoffel than to me. I have to admit that I’ve developed a bit of a love-hate relationship with virtual #racing. It has been tough and challenging, but I’ve learned lots of new things. I would also like to thank everyone in the team for their support in helping me improve my pace in the virtual races. I hope that the fans watching these past eight weeks have enjoyed it, but at the same time hopefully we can get back to some real #racing again soon.”

Race at Home Challenge: Support for children in need

The electric #racing cars contesting the ABB FIA Formula E Championship have not turned a wheel since the end of February because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, through the #abbformulaeraceathomechallenge, the world’s first all-electric formula #racing series has given fans the chance to watch some virtual race action while raising funds for a good cause during this period without any #racing.

Proceeds from the competition will go to the United Nations Children’s Fund which helps children around the world. Thanks in part to the initiative, UNICEF has been able to supply more than six million protective gloves and over a million face masks and set up home learning schemes for children currently out of school.

From mid-April to mid-June, the #abbformulaeraceathomechallenge featured eight virtual races and a test run, using the rFactor 2 simulation. All drivers and teams from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship took part in the virtual races to raise money for UNICEF and were joined by some top-class, hand-picked gamers.