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Thursday, June 2, 2016

McLaren confirms Vandoorne will take Alonso’s place

Stoffel Vandoorne will make his Formula One debut as a substitute for the injured Fernando Alonso in this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, McLaren has confirmed.

“McLaren-Honda reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will be in Bahrain on Friday morning ready to deputise,” the team announced on Twitter. “Following any on-track incident, we will always abide by the FIA doctors’ decisions.”

Vandoorne is the team’s reserve driver and the reigning GP2 champion. He first joined McLaren as part of their junior driver programme in 2013 before being named reserve driver the following year.

Vandoorne’s testing duties for McLaren included being the first driver to shake down one of its Honda-powered cars at the end of 2014. He is due to compete in the Japanese Super Formula Championship this year driving a Honda-powered car.

The FIA entry list published on Thursday confirmed he will race using number 47 when he makes his debut this weekend.


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