Van­doorne closes on Su­per For­mula deal

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Mclaren has given its bless­ing for pro­tege Stof­fel Van­doorne to race in the Ja­panese Su­per For­mula se­ries this year as the Bel­gian edges closer to a race deal.

Van­doorne dom­i­nated the GP2 Se­ries last sea­son, scor­ing a record seven race wins. The 23-year-old Bel­gian had hoped to grad­u­ate into F1 this sea­son, but with both Jen­son But­ton and Fer­nando Alonso stay­ing with the Wok­ing squad there are no seats avail­able.

Mclaren team head Eric Boul­lier said com­bin­ing a sin­gle-seater cam­paign in Ja­pan with test driver work for the F1 squad would be the best so­lu­tion.

“I would like him to be third driver here and do Su­per For­mula,” said Boul­lier. “There are two ob­jec­tives: one is to get the speed and fit­ness for the driver and the other is the Su­per For­mula car has a lot of grip, which is good prepa­ra­tion.

“It is bet­ter to be a third driver here and rac­ing than do­ing some­thing else. You have to keep your chances open.”

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