Ex-McLaren Formula 1 driver and reigning Formula E World Champion Stoffel Vandoorne has joined Saudi airline SAUDIA as an ambassador.
SAUDIA, the official airline partner of Formula E, began collaborating with the all-electric series in 2018 – the same year Vandoorne began racing in Formula E.
Founded in 1945, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) is the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The airline is a member of the international Air Transport Association (IATA), the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) as well as a member airline in the SkyTeam alliance since 2012.
SAUDIA was named the Middle East’s Fastest Growing Airline Brand in 2022 by Brand Finance and the World’s Most Improved Airline in 2021 by SkyTrax.
Commenting on the newly announced partnership with the ex-F1 driver, Moataz Alandijani, GM Partnerships & Sponsorships at SAUDIA, said: “We’re delighted to announce Stoffel Vandoorne as an official ambassador of SAUDIA.
“As a leader in his field and the current champion of the ABB FIA Formula E, our partnership is based on shared values of progress and innovation.
“We’re looking forward to building on this important collaboration throughout Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship as SAUDIA fulfils its role of bringing the world to Saudi Arabia and build upon its position as one of the world’s leading airlines.”
Vandoorne, for his part, said he is looking forward to working with SAUDIA in his new role.
“It’s a pleasure to partner with SAUDIA as their ambassador for Season 9 of Formula E,” he stated.
“In addition to our shared love for the sport, we both have a passion for discovering destinations, exploring cultures, sharing rich experiences, and creating memories that last a lifetime.
“The track in Diriyah is incredible, so it’s hugely exciting to have the opportunity to race there again.”
The Diriyah ePrix is the next race on the calendar, with it taking place later this month in the UNESCO World Heritage site city of Diriyah.
Vandoorne is competing in Season 9 with a new team, DS Penske, following the disbandment of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team.