Connect with us

2017 F1

I have to be on 2017 F1 grid – Vandoorne

Published

on

I have to be on 2017 F1 grid – Vandoorne

I have to be on 2017 F1 grid – Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne says he has to be racing in 2017 F1 and has options if McLaren-Honda do not hand him Jenson Button’s race seat.

The Belgian speedy, who dominated GP2 in 2015, made his Formula 1 debut this year at the Bahrain Grand Prix, standing in for the injured Fernando Alonso, but was forced to wait for a full-time drive after McLaren re-signed Alonso’s team mate Jenson Button.

“I’ve been pushing for this for a long time and hopefully things work out for next year,” Vandoorne told Sky Sports television during testing at Silverstone on Wednesday.

“I’ve done all the preparation I could do…I’ve even done a first Grand Prix now so, yes, 2017 I have to be on the grid.

“I feel very positive about next year, I feel confident I will be in a car so hopefully a decision comes sooner rather than later,” he added.

Vandoorne won 2015 GP2 championship, the feeder series that has provided a string of F1 drivers including Mercedes’ triple world champion Lewis Hamilton and his team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

If McLaren were to retain Button alongside Alonso, there are several other outfits who are likely to be interested in signing Vandoorne, whose GP2 boss Frederic Vasseur is now running the Renault team.

“I would love to race for this team (McLaren), but…if for some reasons, which I don’t know, it doesn’t become possible then I’m positive that there are other options available,” Vandoorne told reporters at the test.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F124 mins ago

Practice 2 Results: US Grand Prix

2018 US Grand Prix Practice 1 Results (FP1): First free practice results and timings (FP1) for the eighteenth round of...

2018 F112 hours ago

Ferrari still has work to do anyway – Vettel

Maurizio Arrivabene looks set to have his contract renewed at Ferrari beyond this year. There had been speculation that, amid...

2018 F112 hours ago

Leclerc ‘does well’ at Ferrari – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has wished Ferrari’s new generation of drivers well. The Finn has lost his place at Ferrari for next...

2018 F11 day ago

FIA declare Ferrari suspected Mercedes car is ‘legal’

The FIA has declared the latest configuration of Mercedes’ 2018 car to be legal. Brazil’s Globo reports from Austin that...

2018 F11 day ago

Vettel’s F1 future at Ferrari is suddenly in doubt

Four-time F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel’s F1 future at Ferrari is suddenly in doubt. The German is currently under pressure...

2018 F12 days ago

Ricciardo’s Renault move ‘a concern’ – Webber

Mark Webber admits fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Renault is a “concern”. Also a former Red Bull driver, Webber...

2018 F12 days ago

Todt visits Michael Schumacher ‘twice a month’

FIA president Jean Todt admits he visits his friend Michael Schumacher “twice a month”. Once the great German’s boss at...

2018 F13 days ago

Pressure got to Vettel in 2018 – Rosberg

Only a “perfect” competitor can knock Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes from their perch at the top of F1. That is...

2018 F13 days ago

Robert Kubica to get $10m boost for 2019 F1 race seat

Robert Kubica’s chances of securing the vacant Williams race seat for 2019 have received a massive boost. Sport Express, a...

2018 F14 days ago

Vettel denies cracking under pressure in 2018

Sebastian Vettel has denied that the pressure got to him in his 2018 title battle. Once ahead of Lewis Hamilton...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media