Stoffel Vandoorne

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Stoffel Vandoorne
Vandoorne 2013.jpg
Vandoorne in 2013
Born (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 (age 25)
Kortrijk, Belgium
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Belgium Belgian
2017 team McLaren-Honda[1]
Car number 2
Entries 5 (3 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last entry 2017 Russian Grand Prix
2016 position 20th (1 pt)
Previous series
2016
20142015
2013
201112
201112
2010
Super Formula Championship
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Championship titles
2015
2012
2010
GP2 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
F4 Eurocup 1.6

Stoffel Vandoorne (born 26 March 1992) is a professional racing driver from Belgium, currently competing in Formula 1.[2] Vandoorne is contracted to a full-time 2017 McLaren race seat, replacing the outgoing Jenson Button.[3]

Early life[edit]

Stoffel Vandoorne was born in Kortrijk. His father is an architect. Vandoorne was introduced to motorsport at the age of six during a visit to a Kart track in Flanders, where his dad was commissioned to design a restaurant. Vandoorne started karting after the owner of the track gave him a mini-kart.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Initially, lack of funding restricted Vandoorne to race 3 to 4 races per year. By age 16 he was Belgian KF2 Champion. In 2009 he finished as runner-up in the CIK-FIA World Cup in the KF2 category.[4] The same year he won the 'steering wheel' competition held by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium. The prize money of 45,000 euros helped him start his car racing career in F4 Eurocup 1.6.[5]

Formula Renault[edit]

In 2010, Vandoorne moved up to single-seater racing, joining the F4 Eurocup 1.6 series.[6] He went on to win the series on his first attempt, finishing the season with six wins and three further podium finishes.[7] The prize from winning the series helped him to move up to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 the following year. He also earned a place in the FIA Driver Academy.[8]

In 2011, he graduated to competing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Kurt Mollekens' KTR team.[9] He finished fifth overall, with one podium at the Hungaroring and another eight-point-scoring finishes throughout the season.[10] He also participated in Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, where he finished third in the series' standings with eight podiums.[11]

For the 2012 season Vandoorne remained in the Eurocup, but left KTR to join Josef Kaufmann Racing.[12] He won the championship by ten points after a tight battle between himself and Red Bull backed Daniil Kvyat. Between them they won 11 of the 14 races and finished over 100 points ahead of their nearest challenger. Vandoorne finished the season with four wins and six podiums to his name. He also contested selected events in the Northern European Cup, where he won five of the seven races that he started, and finished on the podium in a sixth race.

In 2013, Vandoorne raced in Formula Renault 3.5, where he replaced 2012 champion Robin Frijns at Fortec Motorsport.[13] He finished runner-up to fellow McLaren young driver Kevin Magnussen with four wins and 10 podiums, including a victory at his home track of Spa-Francorchamps.

GP2 Series[edit]

Vandoorne racing at the Silverstone round of the 2014 GP2 Series

In January 2014, it was confirmed that Vandoorne would make his debut in GP2, racing with ART. In the opening race at Bahrain, Vandoorne claimed his first victory of the season in the feature race. He followed this up with four consecutive pole positions, three more wins at the Hungaroring, Monza and Yas Marina and six additional podiums. Despite being a rookie, he finished runner-up to 2014 champion Jolyon Palmer.

Vandoorne reunited with ART for 2015, as well as was considered the main title contender.[14] He was partnered by 2014 Japanese Formula Three champion Nobuharu Matsushita. After five feature race wins, twelve podiums and four pole positions, Vandoorne took the title in Sochi, 108 points over his nearest rival Alexander Rossi.

Super Formula[edit]

On 12 February 2016, it was announced that Vandoorne would race a Honda in Super Formula for Dandelion Racing.[15] He finished fourth overall, the highest ranking among Honda engine users, with two wins and one pole position at Fuji Speedway in wet conditions throughout the season.

Formula One[edit]

In February 2013, Vandoorne joined McLaren's Young Driver Programme,[16] under the tutelage of his then manager Richard Goddard, in collaboration with the team's sporting director Sam Michael and its head of communications Matt Bishop, to whom Vandoorne had been introduced in 2011 by Alex Wurz.[17]

In January 2014, he was announced as a third driver for McLaren F1 also taking up driving duties in the GP2 Series for ART Grand Prix.[18]

McLaren (2016–present)[edit]

Vandoorne on his F1 debut, driving for McLaren at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

On 31 March 2016, it was announced Vandoorne would be replacing regular driver Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix after the Spaniard was ruled unfit to drive following a major accident in the previous round.[19] After qualifying 12th ahead of Jenson Button, Vandoorne finished 10th and became the first reserve driver to score points on debut since Sebastian Vettel at the 2007 United States Grand Prix.

On 3 September 2016, ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, it was announced by McLaren that Jenson Button would not be racing in 2017, and that Vandoorne would be replacing him to partner Alonso for the 2017 season.[3]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 Autosport Academy 14 5 5 4 9 151 1st
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 KTR 14 0 0 0 1 93 5th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 20 0 3 0 8 328 3rd
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 14 4 6 3 11 244 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 7 5 4 5 6 176 9th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 4 3 2 10 214 2nd
2014 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 22 4 4 3 10 229 2nd
Formula One McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2015 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 21 7 4 7 16 341.5 1st
Formula One McLaren Honda Test driver
2016 Super Formula Docomo Team Dandelion Racing 9 2 1 0 3 27 4th
Formula One McLaren Honda 1 0 0 0 0 1 20th
2017 Formula One McLaren Honda 2 0 0 0 0 0* 18th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Points
2013 Fortec Motorsports MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

3
ALC
1

8
ALC
2

3
MON
1

9
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

1
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

1
RBR
1

Ret
RBR
2

Ret
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

2
LEC
1

2
LEC
2

Ret
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

2
2nd 214

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2014 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

22
CAT
FEA

13
CAT
SPR

10
MON
FEA

14
MON
SPR

13
RBR
FEA

2
RBR
SPR

15
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

9
HOC
FEA

2
HOC
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

1
SPA
FEA

2
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

1
MNZ
SPR

13
SOC
FEA

5
SOC
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

1
YMC
SPR

5
2nd 229
2015 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

2
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

2
MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR

8
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

2
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

2
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

4
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
SPR

3
SOC
FEA

3
SOC
SPR

4
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

1
YMC
SPR

C
1st 341.5

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2016 McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR
10
CHN RUS ESP MON CAN EUR AUT GBR HUN GER BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 20th 1
2017 McLaren Honda McLaren MCL32 Honda RA617H 1.6 V6 t AUS
13
CHN
Ret
BHR
DNS
RUS
ESP
MON
CAN
AZE
AUT
GBR
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
MAL
JPN
USA
MEX
BRA
ABU
18th* 0*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Super Formula results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2016 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing SUZ
3
OKA
12
FUJ
Ret
MOT
6
OKA
1
OKA
7
SUG
6
SUZ
17
SUZ
1
4th 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McLaren-Honda announces innovative three-driver strategy". mclaren.com. McLaren. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Stoffel Vandoorne". Formula1.com. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Jenson Button won't race in F1 in 2017, but could still return in 2018". skysports.com. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Stoffel Career History". stoffelvandoorne.com. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Mills, Peter. "Vandoorne: future McLaren F1 star?". AUTOSPORT.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  6. ^ "F4 Eurocup 1.6 2010 drivers". F4 Eurocup 1.6. Auto Sport Academy. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "F4 Eurocup 1.6 2010". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stoffel Vandoorne". Motor Sport Magazine. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  9. ^ "Vandoorne debut with KTR". ItaliaRacing.net. Inpagina. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2011". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2011". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Vandoorne vise le titre avec Kaufmann" [Vandoorne eyes the title with Kaufmann]. AUTOhebdo (in French). Groupe Hommell. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Beer, Matt (21 December 2012). "Stoffel Vandoorne takes Frijns' place at Fortec for FR3.5 season". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "GP2 – DAMS duo must 'gang up' on Vandoorne". 10 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "McLaren F1 reserve Stoffel Vandoorne seals Honda Super Formula seat". Autosport.com. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  16. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (18 February 2013). "Stoffel Vandoorne joins McLaren F1 Young Driver Programme". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Q&A with McLaren Young Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne". mclaren.com. 27 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Stoffel Vandoorne officieel reserverijder voor McLaren F1" [Stoffel Vandoorne officially reserve driver for McLaren F1]. Autosport.be (in Dutch). 
  19. ^ "Alonso will not race in the Bahrain GP". motorsport.com. 31 March 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Benjamin Bailly
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Matthieu Vaxivière
Preceded by
Robin Frijns
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Pierre Gasly
Preceded by
Jolyon Palmer
GP2 Series
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Pierre Gasly