Vandoorne joins McLaren programme
19 February 2013 – Stoffel Vandoorne, the reigning Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Champion, has joined McLaren's Young Driver programme. The 20-year-old Belgian claimed four victories and a further seven podium finishes in the category last season, and has now signed a deal to contest the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 campaign with the Fortec squad.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have been selected to be part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme," said Vandoorne. "McLaren is one of the greatest names in motorsport, and to be a part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme is an honour and a privilege which I fully intend to do my very best to maximise in terms of both learning and results for years to come. I'd therefore like to take this opportunity to say a big 'thank you' to Martin Whitmarsh, and all at McLaren, for having shown faith in me in this way."
Vandoorne, who joins Kevin Magnussen and Nyck de Vries in the McLaren Young Driver setup, takes over the cockpit of 2012 FR3.5 Champion Robin Frijns this year.