Stoffel Vandoorne

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Stoffel Vandoorne
Vandoorne 2013.jpg
Vandoorne in 2013.
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Born (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 (age 28)
Kortrijk, Belgium
Super Formula career
Debut season 2016
Current team Docomo Team Dandelion Racing
Car no. 41
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
20142015
2013
201112
201112
2010
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Championship titles
2015
2012
2010
GP2 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Formula One World Championship career
2016 team McLaren-Honda
Car number 47
Entries 1 (1 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last entry 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

Stoffel Vandoorne (born 26 March 1992) is a professional racing driver from Belgium, currently competing in Super Formula.[1] He is also the reserve driver for the McLaren Formula One team, and made his debut at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Career

Karting

Born in Kortrijk, Vandoorne began his karting career in 1998 at age six, and ten years later won the Belgian KF2 Championship. In 2009 he finished as runner-up in the CIK-FIA World Cup in the KF2 category.[2]

Formula Renault

In 2010, Vandoorne moved up to single-seater racing, joining the F4 Eurocup 1.6 series.[3] He went on to win the series on his first attempt, finishing the season with six wins and three further podium finishes.[4]

In 2011, he graduated to competing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Kurt Mollekens' KTR team.[5] He finished fifth overall, with one podium at the Hungaroring and another eight point-scoring finishes throughout the season.[6] He also participated in Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, where he finished third in the series' standings with eight podiums.[7]

For the 2012 season Vandoorne remained in the Eurocup, but left KTR to join Josef Kaufmann Racing.[8] He won the championship by ten points after a tight battle between himself and Red Bull backed Daniil Kvyat. Between them they won 11 of the 14 races and finished over 100 points ahead of their nearest challenger. Vandoorne finished the season with four wins and six podiums to his name. He also contested selected events in the Northern European Cup, where he won five of the seven races that he started, and finished on the podium in a sixth race.

In 2013, Vandoorne raced in Formula Renault 3.5, where he replaced 2012 champion Robin Frijns at Fortec Motorsport.[9] He finished runner-up to fellow McLaren young driver Kevin Magnussen with four wins and 10 podiums, including a victory at his home track of Spa-Francorchamps.

GP2 Series

Vandoorne racing at the Silverstone round of the 2014 GP2 Series

In January 2014, it was confirmed that Vandoorne would make his debut in GP2, racing with ART. In the opening race at Bahrain, Vandoorne claimed his first victory of the season in the feature race. He followed this up with four consecutive pole positions, three more wins at the Hungaroring, Monza and Yas Marina and six additional podiums. Despite being a rookie, he finished runner-up to 2014 champion Jolyon Palmer.

Vandoorne reunited with ART for 2015, as well as was considered the main title contender.[10] He was partnered by 2014 Japanese Formula Three champion Nobuharu Matsushita. After five feature race wins, twelve podiums and four pole positions, Vandoorne took the title in Sochi, 108 points over his nearest rival Alexander Rossi.

Formula One

In February 2013, Vandoorne joined McLaren's Young Driver Programme,[11] under the tutelage of his manager Richard Goddard, in collaboration with the team's sporting director Sam Michael and its head of communications Matt Bishop, to whom Vandoorne had been introduced in 2011 by Alex Wurz.[12][13]

In January 2014, he was announced as a third driver for McLaren F1 also taking up driving duties in the GP2 Series for ART Grand Prix.[14]

McLaren (2016)

Vandoorne on his F1 debut, driving for McLaren at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

On 31 March 2016, it was announced Vandoorne would be replacing regular driver Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix after the Spaniard was ruled unfit to drive following a major accident in the previous round.[15] After qualifying 12th ahead of Jenson Button, Vandoorne finished 10th and became the first reserve driver to score points on debut since Sebastian Vettel at the 2007 United States Grand Prix.

Vandoorne picked the car number 47 as he took 4 victories in the 2014 GP2 season and 7 in 2015.[16]

Super Formula

On 12 February 2016, it was announced that Vandoorne will race in Super Formula in 2016.[1]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 Autosport Academy 14 5 5 4 9 151 1st
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 KTR 14 0 0 0 1 93 5th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 14 0 3 0 8 328 3rd
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 14 4 6 3 11 244 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 7 5 4 5 6 176 9th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Fortec Motorsport 17 4 3 2 10 214 2nd
2014 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 22 4 4 3 10 229 2nd
Formula One McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2015 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 21 7 4 7 16 341.5 1st
Formula One McLaren Honda Test driver
2016 Super Formula Docomo Team Dandelion Racing 2 0 0 0 1 6* 5th*
Formula One McLaren Honda 1 0 0 0 0 1* 17th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Points
2013 Fortec Motorsports MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

3
ALC
1

8
ALC
2

3
MON
1

9
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

1
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

1
RBR
1

Ret
RBR
2

Ret
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

2
LEC
1

2
LEC
2

Ret
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

2
2nd 214

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2014 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

22
ESP
FEA

13
ESP
SPR

10
MON
FEA

14
MON
SPR

13
AUT
FEA

2
AUT
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

9
GER
FEA

2
GER
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

1
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

6
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

13
RUS
FEA

5
RUS
SPR

2
ABU
FEA

1
ABU
SPR

5
2nd 229
2015 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

2
ESP
FEA

1
ESP
SPR

2
MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR

8
AUT
FEA

1
AUT
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

2
ITA
SPR

3
RUS
FEA

3
RUS
SPR

4
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

2
ABU
FEA

1
ABU
SPR

C
1st 341.5

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2016 McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR
10
CHN RUS ESP MON CAN EUR AUT GBR HUN GER BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 17th* 1*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Super Formula results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2016 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing SUZ
3
OKA
12
FUJ
MOT
AUT
SUG
SUZ
SUZ
5th* 6*

* Season still in progress.

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Benjamin Bailly
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Matthieu Vaxivière
Preceded by
Robin Frijns
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Pierre Gasly
Preceded by
Jolyon Palmer
GP2 Series
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Incumbent