The 2018–19 was the fifth season of the FIA Formula E championship. All-new Spark SRT05E car, also known as the Spark Gen2, was introduced, which boasted significant technological advances over the previous Spark-Renault SRT 01E chassis – its power output rose from 200 kW to 250 kW and top speeds rose to around 280 km/h. The arrival of the Gen2 car also saw an end to the series’ mid-race car-swaps. German HWA team joined Formula E for the 2018-19 season. Their drivers were Gary Paffett, the reigning DTM champion, and former McLaren Formula One driver Stoffel Vandoorne. The cars were powered by Venturi VFE05 powertrain. HWA is the auto racing team of HWA AG, a German company based in Affalterbach, that also develops and builds vehicles and components for Mercedes-AMG race cars. In fact, HWA arrived into the Formula E as a proxy for Mercedes to test the waters for the three-pointed star factory team to enter the electric series. Vandoorne would go on and start his Formula E debut just 3 weeks after leaving Formula 1 and would come 17th in his first race. He has also achieved his first qualifying pole position in Formula E at a wet 2019 Hong Kong ePrix. Later he e came third in the 2019 Rome ePrix and booked his first podium in Formula E. Vandoorne was 16th in the final Drivers Championship standings with 35 points, while Paffet was 19th with 9 points.
|2018-19||Formula E Champoinship|
|Stoffel Vandoorne||5||HWA Racelab|