HWA RACELAB ready for legendary Monaco

HWA RACELAB has finished in the points on its last two outings in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Another exciting challenge awaits the team from Affalterbach on Saturday, in the form of the Monaco E-Prix.

  • Quotes from Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne ahead of the race in Monaco
  • Ulrich Fritz: "Every little mistake is punished here."
  • Facts and schedule for the Monaco E-Prix

Affalterbach, 8th May 2019 – The home race of VENTURI in the glamorous principality marks the next highlight of the European leg of the season for HWA RACELAB. Following Stoffel's podium in Rome and Gary's impressive eighth place in Paris, the team now travels to Monaco with plenty of momentum.

As in the previous two races, overtaking will be no easy matter on the streets around the famous harbour. As such, a good qualifying will once again be key to a good race result. However, Gary showed in Paris that it is possible to battle through from the back of the grid to finish in the points with a focussed and flawless performance.  

The race will be held on a shorter variant of the famous Formula 1 circuit along the Monaco harbour. A narrow and winding route through the urban canyons of Monte Carlo awaits the drivers on the 1.76-kilometre circuit.

Gary Paffett (38, England)
"I am looking forward to Monaco. It is a special circuit and totally different to the tracks we have raced on so far. We have made good progress with the car recently. The race in Paris was particularly good and it was great to pick up some points. I am confident that we will be scoring points more and more regularly now. That is certainly our goal for Monaco."

Stoffel Vandoorne (27, Belgium)
"I live in Monaco, so it is like a home race for me. I am really looking forward to it. It is always very special to drive on these narrow roads. I know the circuit and have won there in GP2. However, the Formula E circuit is a little shorter. Paris was not a great experience for me, but we know by now that you will constantly experience ups and downs in Formula E. It is important to go into the weekend in a positive frame of mind and to be fully focussed in our preparations. If we do that, we can hopefully finish in the points again."

Ulrich Fritz, Team Principal HWA RACELAB
"Paris did not pan out as we had hoped it would after the podium in Rome. Stoffel's retirement was frustrating, and we failed to put together the perfect lap in qualifying. However, one very positive aspect is the pace we showed in the race in Paris. Gary's fightback from P17 to P8 was impressive - and that despite all the fun and games with the weather. We now move on to Monaco - a place steeped in motorsport history and the home race of Venturi. The circuit may only be 1.76 kilometres long, but it is still very challenging, with the narrow chicanes on the streets of Monte Carlo. Every little mistake is punished here. As in Paris, a good qualifying result will be important in Monaco, as overtaking is particularly difficult here."

Facts on the Monaco E-Prix
Circuit:                       Monaco E-Prix Circuit
Length:                      1.76 km
Corners:                    12
Race distance:          45 minutes + 1 lap

Schedule for 11th May 2019
Free practice 1:                           07:30 - 08:15 (CET)
Free practice 2:                           10:00 - 10:30 (CET)
Qualifying:                                   11:45 - 12:21 (CET)
Super Pole:                                  12:30 - 12:50 (CET)
Race:                                           16:30 (CET)
Podium ceremony:                      17:30 (CET)


About HWA AG
HWA AG is an independent, 360° engineering specialist in the fields of automobile racing and high-performance cars. Formed in 1998 by Hans Werner Aufrecht, the company is based in Affalterbach (Germany) and employs roughly 300 highly-qualified members of staff. HWA AG offers all its products and services under the motto ENGINEERING SPEED: The company’s objective is to develop the best possible, high-quality solutions, in order to get its partners and customers to their destination quicker. The portfolio of services ranges from designing all vehicle components to assembling complete cars, together with the relevant logistics, after-sales and support services.

HWA RACELAB is HWA AG’s operations team in motorsport. It brings together experienced specialists in high-quality race engineering and the associated services, in pursuit of success on the motorsport scene. HWA RACELAB will enter Formula E as a new team in the 2018/19 season, adding a future-oriented string to HWA’s wealth of racetrack expertise. Furthermore, HWA RACELAB will race in the new, international FIA Formula 3 championship in 2019. With eleven Drivers’ titles and over 180 race wins as a works team for Mercedes-AMG in the DTM, the company is one of the most successful players in international motorsport. HWA RACELAB also draws on the company’s other core areas of expertise, such as the development, assembly and running of GT cars for customer racing, as well as the assembly of Formula 3 race engines.


Oliver Kapffenstein
Motorsport Communications, Formula E

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Marlene Wieland
Motorsport Communications, Formula E

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