Stoffel Vandoorne has been appointed as McLaren’s reserve driver for the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The 21-year-old Belgian will share these duties with a full-time GP2 Series campaign with the ART Grand Prix team.
Vandoorne was partnered with McLaren’s rookie signing, Kevin Magnussen, in last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 Championship. The pair finished 1-2 in the Drivers’ Championship, with Vandoorne claiming four wins and ten podium finishes en route to securing the runner-up spot.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been selected by McLaren Mercedes to be the team’s Formula 1 reserve driver,” Vandoorne said of his appointment.
“Equally, I’m really excited to have been selected to race for the ART GP2 team.
“I plan to take my responsibilities as McLaren Mercedes’ Formula 1 reserve driver very seriously indeed, since I very much enjoy immersing myself in the technical aspects of Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends.
“I’ll do whatever I can to help the team’s two Formula 1 race drivers, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, both of whom are great guys and superb drivers, to achieve as much as they possibly can this season.”
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