The lowdown on Stoffel Vandoorne
Ben Edwards' view
Stoffel Vandoorne is now at McLaren full time filling the seat of the retired 2009 champion Jenson Button.
The Belgian is a really interesting guy to watch this year. He has a tremendous record in the junior category and when he stood in for Fernando Alonso in Bahrain last year, he impressively scored a point on his debut.
He was also racing in Japan in the Super Formula there last season, it’s not Formula One but it is a series that has a lot of downforce and a lot of grip from the tyres.
Vandoorne will come into F1 with an open mind but also off the back of a good season in Super Formula, where he won the last race at Suzuka.
He is up against a great driver in Fernando Alonso, so he’s got a lot to learn but he’s also got every capability of shining.