2014 F1 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?óÔé¼Ôäóm making good progress towards my ultimate goal: Formula One,” said Vandoorne.
?óÔé¼?ôI?óÔé¼Ôäóve been a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme for almost a year now, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóve 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?óÔé¼Ôäóve done a lot of work in the MTC simulator to assist McLaren?óÔé¼Ôäós 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 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ fast, combative, consistent, intelligent and ambitious ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and he?óÔé¼Ôäós already made an excellent impression on all at McLaren during the year he?óÔé¼Ôäós spent as a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme”.
“His technical input is first-class, he?óÔé¼Ôäós excellent in our simulator, and he isn?óÔé¼Ôäót afraid of hard work. He has a collaborative and engaging manner, and he?óÔé¼Ôäós therefore as popular at McLaren as he is helpful.”
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