Vandoorne was drafted in for the next race in Bahrain.
In his first F1 qualifying, Vandoorne immediately impressed in Q2, putting his Mclaren two places ahead on the grid and 0.064s quicker than his world champion team-mate Jenson Button.
We’ll never know how he would fare against Button in the race, as the Brit retired after six laps with engine trouble. But the Belgian put in an accomplished performance to score Mclaren’s first points of the year: 10th place and one world championship point.
Mclaren were so impressed, they drafted him to replace Button at the team for 2017. Now we’ll get to see how he compares with Alonso…
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