2017 F1

McLaren officially confirms Alonso and Vandoorne for 2017 F1

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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