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F1 Hungarian GP: Vandoorne teases options beyond McLaren for 2017

Stoffel Vandoorne says it remains his ultimate aim to step up to F1 in 2017 with McLaren... but he expects to have options elsewhere if necessary.
Stoffel Vandoorne has reiterated it remains his aim to make his full-time F1 debut with McLaren-Honda next season but has teased he could pursue other options if a seat with the former title-winning team isn't forthcoming

Having run away with the 2015 GP2 Series title last year, the highly-rated Belgian has spent his 2016 season in a reserve role with McLaren alongside racing commitments in the Japan-based Super Formula series, but has repeatedly expressed a confidence that he will be a full-time F1 driver in 2017.

Keen to step up into a race drive with McLaren, with Fernando Alonso tied into a contract for 2017, Vandoorne is set to go head-to-head with Jenson Button for the second seat, though McLaren says it is in no rush to make a final decision.

Nonetheless, Vandoorne believes he has other options beyond McLaren in 2017 and has warned he will pursue them if the British team isn't forthcoming with a deal.

“The main goal is to be in F1 next year, that hasn't changed,” he said. “I am contracted to McLaren and I want to be with this team next year. I've spent a lot of time with the team and engineers and feel we've been through a perfect preparation.

“I think everybody is interested in what I am doing. This year I see as a preparation year for next year and my main focus is still to get an F1 drive next year. I will focus on my role as the reserve driver but having a racing programme alongside that is a good benefit to stay race fit and sharp in any case I need to jump in the car.

“There is not much more I can really do to get the drive now. I would love to race for this team but I've always said if for some reason it doesn't become possible I am positive that there are other options available.”

Vandoorne made his F1 race debut this year with a last minute call up to replace the injured Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix, the 24 year-old scoring a point with a tenth place finish.



Related Pictures

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11.06.2016 - Free Practice 3, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver
25.06.2017 - Race, The race stopped, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and the Safety car
25.06.2017 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
25.06.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 1st place Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13, 2nd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13 race winner and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
25.06.2017 - Race, Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40

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IanM

July 14, 2016 10:48 PM

Interesting piece on Autosport website on why Button and Williams should get together for 2017. Would be good for Button to get rid of asthmatic Honda 'power' unit and start getting a move on in the races. Imagine 12 months from now and Button beats Alonso and Vandoorne at Silverstone? Happy Days. And sticks it to RD as well.... After Williams then he can finally go to WEC and win there too, but not before!



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