Stoffel Vandoorne, Fortec, Formula Renault 3.5, Moscow Racing, 2013

Vandoorne gets McLaren reserve role

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLaren have appointed Young Driver Programme member Stoffel Vandoorne as their F1 reserve driver for the 2014 season.

The 21-year-old was runner-up to Kevin Magnussen in his rookie season of Formula Renault 3.5 last year. He will race in the GP2 series for ART this year.

“I feel I’m making good progress towards my ultimate goal: Formula One,” said Vandoorne.

“I’ve been a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme for almost a year now, and I’ve learned an enormous amount in that time. I visit the McLaren Technology Centre at least once a week, sometimes more often than that, and I’ve done a lot of work in the MTC simulator to assist McLaren’s Formula 1 engineers develop the new-for-2014 MP4-29 Formula One car.”

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael said Vandoorne is “a truly excellent young driver – fast, combative, consistent, intelligent and ambitious – and he’s already made an excellent impression on all at McLaren during the year he’s spent as a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme”.

“His technical input is first-class, he’s excellent in our simulator, and he isn’t afraid of hard work. He has a collaborative and engaging manner, and he’s therefore as popular at McLaren as he is helpful.”

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