Stoffel Vandoorne will drive for McLaren alongside Fernando Alonso next year, the team has confirmed.
The reigning GP2 champion made his F1 debut as a substitute for Alonso in the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this year.
“It’s an enormous honour to become a McLaren-Honda race driver, and I promise to work as hard as any Formula 1 driver ever has before,” said Vandoorne.
“I already know the team extremely well – they’re a fantastic group of extremely clever people – and I’ve already raced the car once and tested it often.”
“I have total confidence in the potential of the McLaren-Honda project, and I firmly believe that, racing alongside a brilliant and experienced driver, I’ll be able to make a strong contribution to the team’s future world championship successes.”
Executive chairman Ron Dennis called he line-up “a perfectly balanced mix of proven brilliance and immense potential”.
Vandoorne, who is racing in Japanese Super Formula this year, has “completed with distinction a meticulously designed apprenticeship”, said Dennis. “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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