Vandoorne closes on Super Formula deal
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.”