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Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne
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Vandoorne in 2013.
Nationality Belgian
Born (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 (age 28)
Kortrijk, Belgium
GP2 Series career
Debut season 2014
Current team ART Grand Prix
Car no. 5
Starts 28
Championships 0
Wins 7
Poles 6
Fastest laps 6
Best finish 2nd in 2014
Previous series
2013
2011-12
2011-12
2010
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Championship titles
2012
2010
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
F4 Eurocup 1.6

Stoffel Vandoorne (born 26 March 1992) is a professional racing driver from Belgium, currently competing in the GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix.[1] He was a reserve driver for the McLaren Formula One team in 2014. Vandoorne also raced in rFactor Formula SimRacing in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

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 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.[1] 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

File:Stoffel Vandoorne GP2 2014 Silverstone 001.jpg
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 will reunite with ART for 2015, as well as being considered the main title contender.[9] He will be partnered by 2014 Japanese Formula Three champion Nobuharu Matsushita.

Formula One

In February 2013, Vandoorne joined McLaren's Young Driver Programme,[10] 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.[11][12]

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.[13]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 Autosport Academy 14 6 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 6 3 2 3 5 114 1st*
Formula One McLaren Honda Test driver

* Season 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
AUT
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
RUS
FEA
RUS
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
1st* 114*

* Season in progress.

References

  1. ^ a b Beer, Matt (21 December 2012). "Stoffel Vandoorne takes Frijns' place at Fortec for FR3.5 season". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Stoffel Career History". stoffelvandoorne.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  3. ^ "F4 Eurocup 1.6 2010 drivers". F4 Eurocup 1.6. Auto Sport Academy. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "F4 Eurocup 1.6 2010". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vandoorne debut with KTR". ItaliaRacing.net (Inpagina). 2010-10-31. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2011". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2011". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Vandoorne vise le titre avec Kaufmann" [Vandoorne eyes the title with Kaufmann]. AUTOhebdo (in French) (Groupe Hommell). 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "GP2 - DAMS duo must 'gang up' on Vandoorne". January 10, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (18 February 2013). "Stoffel Vandoorne joins McLaren F1 Young Driver Programme". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Q&A-with-McLaren-Young-Driver-Stoffel-Vandoorne". 
  12. ^ "Q&A with McLaren Young Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne". mclaren.com. 27 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Stoffel Vandoorne officieel reserverijder voor McLaren F1" [Stoffel Vandoorne officially reserve driver for McLaren F1]. Autosport.be (in Dutch). 

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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