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F1 Bahrain GP: Vandoorne to make F1 race debut for McLaren

GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne will get his much anticipated Formula 1 race debut in the Bahrain Grand Prix following Fernando Alonso's withdrawal.
Stoffel Vandoorne will make his Formula 1 World Championship debut this weekend after being called up to replace the injured Fernando Alonso at McLaren-Honda.

The highly-rated Belgian had been facing a season on the F1 sidelines as the reserve driver for the McLaren-Honda team, but the news that Alonso failed his pre-Bahrain medical in the wake of his monster shunt in Australia has paved the way for Vandoorne to make his first race appearance.

Vandoorne's promotion comes after he produced a record-breaking season en route to the 2015 GP2 Series title – clinching seven race wins and 15 podiums -, while he has signed up to compete in the Japanese Super Formula series.

He will become the first Belgian to race in F1 since Jerome d'Ambrosio..

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March 31, 2016 12:21 PM

Equin0x: Time to step up boy... Vandoorne keeps boasting how he's 'better' than the likes of Magnusson and other past GP2 champions, Bahrain is a very well known track to him and thousands of hours in the sim, also he's been keeping sharp in the super formula car, he should be very well prepared. It'll be interesting to see what happens is Jenson out races this hotshot, his lack of modesty could nosedive his stock if Jenson beats him.
What are you talking about? If he could get to within 0.3 seconds of Jenson all weekend then I reckon McLaren and him will see that as a massive success. Getting anywhere near Jenson will put him well and truly on the market


March 31, 2016 11:59 AM

Although I'm gutted for Alonso I lm looking forward to seeing what Vandoorne can do he did win 7 races last season in gp2 plus was on the podium 15 times.. He won Bahrain too so he should be quick round here.

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