Vandoorne confirmed as McLaren reserve
23 January 2014 – Stoffel Vandoorne has been confirmed as McLaren's reserve driver for the 2014 season. The Belgian, 21, will combine his Formula 1 duties with a full campaign in GP2 with the ART Grand Prix squad.
"I'm thrilled and honoured to have been selected by McLaren Mercedes to be the team's Formula 1 reserve driver," said Vandoorne. "Equally, I'm really excited to have been selected to race for the ART GP2 team.
"I plan to take my responsibilities as McLaren Mercedes' Formula 1 reserve driver very seriously indeed, since I very much enjoy immersing myself in the technical aspects of Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends.
"I'll do whatever I can to help the team's two Formula 1 race drivers, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, both of whom are great guys and superb drivers, to achieve as much as they possibly can this season."
Vandoorne, who finished runner-up to Magnussen in last year's Formula Renault 3.5 series, will be partnered by Japanese driver Takuya Izawa in GP2. The move is one of the first in a growing relationship between ART and McLaren, ahead of Honda's return to Formula 1 in 2015 as the Woking-based outfit's engine supplier.