Vandoorne pleased with 'perfect combination'
24 January 2014 – Stoffel Vandoorne has described as "the perfect combination" his 2014 motorsport programme, following the announcement that he is to act as McLaren's reserve driver alongside a full GP2 campaign.
The 21-year-old Belgian finished runner-up to fellow McLaren protege Kevin Magnussen in last year's Formula Renault 3.5 series, and reckons another term of racing while increasing his F1 duties will yield plenty of benefits.
"I'm very happy to be the third driver of McLaren, be in their young driver programme and experience everything from up close," said Vandoorne during a telephone conference with selected media, including GPUpdate.net.
"Together with being able to keep racing and learning in GP2, it is the perfect combination for me."
Vandoorne does not know how many F1 outings he will be handed throughout the year, but made clear that his primary focus for the time being is to conduct simulator mileage ahead of the season-opener in Australia.
"These are things that will be discussed in the coming days and weeks," explained Vandoorne, who has not yet been granted a super licence but is confident of gaining one based on his feeder category results. "My role is to help the team in the simulator and give them as much information as possible ready for the first race."
Looking ahead to his maiden GP2 season, Vandoorne says the title will be his target from the offset.
"Of course I'm going to try to win the championship – I will do everything to make that possible," he added. "ART had a difficult season last year, but nevertheless I think it is possible to go for the title."