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McLaren officially confirms Alonso and Vandoorne for 2017 F1

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McLaren officially confirms Alonso and Vandoorne for 2017 F1

McLaren officially confirms Alonso and Vandoorne for 2017 F1

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.


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