Stoffel Vandoorne has been confirmed as a full-time McLaren-Honda race driver from the 2017 season with Fernando Alonso, after Jenson Button confirmed he would be stepping down from a race seat.
McLaren officially confirmed on Saturday following qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix that Button would working with them in his new role, freeing up a seat for Vandoorne.
“McLaren-Honda today announces an innovative three-driver strategy for the 2017 and 2018 Formula 1 seasons,” a statement from the team reads.
“World champion and 15-time grand prix winner Jenson Button has signed a new contract to extend his relationship with the McLaren-Honda team, is now contracted for two more years, and will consequently continue to play an active role as a key member of the team.
“McLaren-Honda’s two race drivers for 2017 will be double world champion and 32-time grand prix winner Fernando Alonso, and the most talented and exciting young driver in the sport today, Stoffel Vandoorne.
Our 2017 race driver line-up: Fernando Alonso & Stoffel Vandoorne, with Jenson working with them in his new role. pic.twitter.com/uRw0sJp8O3
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) September 3, 2016