McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne talks about his role with the team following the online launch today of the squad's 2014 F1 car, the MP4-29...

Q:
Stoffel, what will your role be as McLaren's reserve driver?

Stoffel Vandoorne:
Obviously, I'm really pleased and excited to have been chosen as the team's reserve driver. I'll be working with the other drivers to develop the car using the simulator, which is something I've been doing since I became a McLaren Young Driver. And, as I'll be contesting the GP2 championship this year, with ART GP2, I'll also be present at many grands prix, and I'll be integrated into the race team's programme, assisting Jenson and Kevin wherever I can.

Q:
What are your aims for the 2014 season?

Stoffel Vandoorne:
Naturally, my aim this year is to win the GP2 championship, but the natural extension of that is the ambition to graduate to Formula 1 - so I want to be in a position where I can contribute to, and learn from, the race team as possible throughout the season. I'm positive that I can keep the momentum that I've developed over the past few years moving forwards.

Q:
How have you started to integrate yourself with the team?

Stoffel Vandoorne:
Well, I've been a McLaren Young Driver for almost a year, and I've been making increasingly regular visits to the MTC. I'm usually there at least once a week nowadays, and I'm increasing my workload and fitness levels so I can more fully commit. It's an exciting time for me.

 

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