Stoffel Vandoorne will drive for McLaren alongside Fernando Alonso next year, the team has confirmed.
Stoffel Vandoorne?s racing career so farThe reigning GP2 champion made his F1 debut as a substitute for Alonso in the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this year.
?It?s an enormous honour to become a McLaren-Honda race driver, and I promise to work as hard as any Formula 1 driver ever has before,? said Vandoorne.
?I already know the team extremely well ? they?re a fantastic group of extremely clever people ? and I?ve already raced the car once and tested it often.?
?I have total confidence in the potential of the McLaren-Honda project, and I firmly believe that, racing alongside a brilliant and experienced driver, I?ll be able to make a strong contribution to the team?s future world championship successes.?
Executive chairman Ron Dennis called he line-up ?a perfectly balanced mix of proven brilliance and immense potential?.
Vandoorne, who is racing in Japanese Super Formula this year, has ?completed with distinction a meticulously designed apprenticeship?, said Dennis. ?He?s consequently now ready to race in Formula 1, as his fine Grand Prix debut in Bahrain this year proved.?
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