McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne has received his first taste of F1 machinery during the second day of post-event F1 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, the youngster proceeding to secure his F1 Superlicence with a mammoth haul of laps in Spain.

The Belgian, who finished runner-up to current McLaren F1 driver Kevin Magnussen in last year's Formula Renault 3.5 Championship, was given the task of Pirelli tyre development for his maiden outing in an F1 car, an outing that in turn allowed him to accrue the 300km mileage he needed to secure his Superlicence.

Going on to complete 136 laps - more than 600km - of trouble-free running and setting the ninth best time, Vandoorne was grateful to McLaren for giving him an outing in the MP4-29.

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"This has been a fantastic day for me: my first experience in a Formula 1 car, and a really great opportunity to get plenty of laps under my belt," said Vandoorne, who races full-time in the GP2 Series.

"I want to say a big thank-you to the team - everyone has been incredibly helpful and positive. It's also great to have been able to contribute to the test programme: 136 laps today was a fantastic achievement, and it's great that it's earned me the right to be granted a Formula 1 Superlicence.

"Now my focus turns towards my next event - the GP2 races in Monte-Carlo next Friday and Saturday. I'm looking forward to bouncing back from a tricky weekend in Barcelona, and would love to get some great results in Monaco."