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Stoffel Stay With Mclauren Next Formula One Season Confirmed

Stoffel Stay With Mclauren Next Formula One Season Confirmed
24/8/2017


McLaren has confirmed the stay of Stoffel Vandoorne for the coming season, having replaced Jenson Button before this season began.
The Executive director Zak Brown expects the Stoffel to remain with the team for a very long time. The 25 year old Belgian, before joining Mclauren, spent four years in the young driver programme and made a one-off debut drive at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.

"I regard Stoffel as a super talent -- a future Formula One world champion in fact -- and that's why I've always been adamant that he should race for us on a multi-year basis," Brown said. 

"Before anyone asks me any questions about duration, we don't want to go into that kind of confidential contractual detail, but let me put it this way: when we signed Stoffel, we intended that he would race for us for a significant number of years, and that remains our firm intention.

"We all know Stoffel's potential, and when we have a package fast enough to win grands prix again -- and we will -- Stoffel will be in the right place to score his first Formula 1 victory."

Stoffel in 11 races has been able to accumulate a point but promises to put all efforts into to the coming races in other to accumulate more points.

"I'm delighted that the team has now formally announced that I will continue to race for them next year, because I'll be able to approach the second half of my rookie season with total focus on the job in hand: namely getting the very most I can out of my car, my engineers, and everything and everyone around me.

"I've already learned such a huge amount in the first half of my first season in Formula 1 - from my engineers, from my mechanics, from Eric [Boullier], from Zak [Brown] and from Jonathan [Neale], and also from Fernando [Alonso], who is a brilliant driver and also an excellent team-mate.

"Last but not least, I want to say thank you to McLaren's partners and fans for their loyalty and enthusiasm - they are the best in the business - and also to McLaren's Executive Committee Principals, [Shaikh] Mohammed and Mansour [Ojjeh], who continue to put their faith in me."

Fernando Alonso has had a bad F1 season characterized by engine failures and even had to take a jump in and out of IndiCar for some time off his disappointing F1 season. Up until now, there is no certainty of his stay next season, as engine suppliers issues persist in the Mclauren team
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