F1 »

Vandoorne given 'no guarantees' on 2017 McLaren F1 drive

Stoffel Vandoorne says he has been given 'no guarantees' about a McLaren F1 race seat in 2017 as he looks to combine his reserve driver role with a season in Super Formula.
Stoffel Vandoorne says he has been given 'no guarantees' about a McLaren F1 race seat in 2017 and looks set to combine his reserve driver role at McLaren with a maiden campaign in Super Formula this year.

The GP2 Series champion has seen his path into F1 blocked by current McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button and as a result is looking to secure a race seat in Japan-based Super Formula for 2016.

Vandoorne is believed to be in line for a McLaren race seat next year, with Button seeing out the final year of his existing contract while Alonso still has two years remaining, but the Belgian driver says he's been given no guarantees of graduating into F1 in 2017.

“It is difficult to say to be honest,” Vandoorne said. “I feel I am in the right place and McLaren trust in my ability. There are no guarantees for 2017 but it is a good place for me to be here and to race for the team.

“I've been with the team for a couple of years now and we have had a lot of success together and hopefully we can build on that success in the future and hopefully I can get a race drive here.”

Vandoorne says a race seat in Super Formula hasn't yet been finalised but he is anticipating a packed 2016 schedule splitting his time between the Japanese racing series while also supporting McLaren both at races and at its Woking base.

“We are still working on it at the moment. I am confident that the deal will happen soon,” he said. “If everything does go in that direction then it will be a very busy year for me being McLaren reserve driver, going to all the Grand Prix, spending a lot of time in the simulator, being at the factory with the engineers. It will be very good preparations for 2017.

“It is important to race something at least as it keeps you race sharp and fit. It gives you something to work for during the year, even if Super Formula does not have many races per year. The cars are quick, I tested one of them at the end of November at Suzuka and they have great cornering speed which is preparation for 2017.”

Vandoorne is set to begin 2016 as McLaren's nominated driver for the Pirelli wet tyre test at Paul Ricard on the 25-26 January alongside Red Bull and Ferrari.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
24.09.2015 - Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Equin0x

January 22, 2016 1:24 PM

Get out of there get a seat in the LMP1 class at the WEC, its a lose lose situation at Mclaren, if the car is improving and capable of doing something by the end of the year then current world champions will want to stay for next year, if the car is a dud and with no hopes of improvement the its pointless tarnishing his reputation like K-Mag did with a backmarker car.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.