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McLaren not promising Vandoorne F1 2017 race seat

McLaren not promising Vandoorne F1 2017 race seat

McLaren not promising Vandoorne F1 2017 race seat

Stoffel Vandoorne on Friday said there is no guarantee he will step into a F1 race cockpit for 2017.

The Belgian was dominant in GP2 last year and is strongly backed by McLaren, but the British team’s last protege Kevin Magnussen has been left without a place in F1 at all.

Vandoorne, 23, told reporters in a teleconference that it is wrong to compare the two drivers.

“I think we’re both very different and our positions are quite different,” he said.

“Kevin was a reserve driver for a season without a lot of track time, and hopefully in my case that will be quite a bit different.”

Indeed, Vandoorne is close to securing a Honda-powered race seat in the top Japanese series Super Formula for 2016.

“Then I will still have some racing experience with a new car, hopefully some formula one testing besides that as well, so it will be quite a bit different,” he said.

Even so, he said McLaren isn’t promising anything for 2017.

“Nothing has been promised but I’m working my way towards F1, that’s definitely where I want to be,” said Vandoorne.

“There are no guarantees for 2017 but it (McLaren) would be a good place for me to be, to race for the team.”

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