Biography

Stoffel Vandoorne, the 2015 McLaren-Honda Test and Development driver, ART GP2 driver and member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme started his motor racing career at the age of six. After winning races in the Belgian National Outdoor Karting Championships, his big breakthrough came in 2008, when he raced for Belgian VDK Racing Team in the Belgian and French KF2 Championships. That year he was crowned Belgian KF2 Champion. 2009 saw the start of Stoffel’s international racing career. In the KF2 category he competed in the WSK, the European Championship and the World Cup, with some standout performances in the World Cup earning him the title of vice-champion. Also that year he won the prestigious RACB National Team Steering Wheel. The following season Stoffel moved up to single-seater racing, joining the F4 Eurocup 1.6 Series. He won the series in his first season with two races to go, achieving six wins. During the 2011 season he competed in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with KTR, finishing fifth overall. Hugely impressed by these results, Josef Kaufmann Racing swooped to sign him to drive in the same championships in 2012, with Stoffel becoming Eurocup champion after securing four wins and six podiums and tasted success five times in the NEC. In 2013 Stoffel became the Formula Renault 3.5 series Vice-Champion, racing for the Fortec Motorsport team. He also joined the Mclaren Young Driver Programme . The 2014 season has seen Stoffel confirmed as the McLaren Mercedes official reserve driver. Beside his F1 role, Stoffel was racing in the GP2 Series for the French squad ART Grand Prix. After a successful season with 4 Pole positions and 4 Victories, Stoffel finished runner-up in the 2015 GP2 Series. Stoffel wanted to do one better in 2015 and continues with ART Grand Prix in the GP2 Series. Winning the championship is the aim of both driver and team

F4 Eurocup 1.6
Champion

2010

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  • GP2 Series
    Champion

    2015

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Intervieuw Ron Dennis

McLaren-Honda’s two race drivers for 2017 will be double World Champion and 32-time Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso, and the most talented and exciting young driver in the sport today,

Stoffel Vandoorne.

 

“He’s been both diligent and patient over the past two seasons, and he shares with all of us at McLaren-Honda the confidence that 2017 will be the season in which our partnership begins to deliver strong results. 

“Stoffel has been a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme since February 2013, and was appointed our Test and Development Driver 11 months later.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years he’s made a very valuable contribution in that role, learning from his two World Champion team-mates as well as from our many world-class engineers, and, having been runner-up in World Series by Renault in 2013 and the run-away winner of the GP2 Championship last year, he’s now completed with distinction a meticulously designed apprenticeship.

“He’s consequently now ready to race in Formula 1, as his fine Grand Prix debut in Bahrain this year proved.”

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