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F1 2016 Driver Review: Stoffel Vandoorne

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Stoffel Vandoorne

Team: McLaren
Car No.: 47
Races: 1
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: 10th (Bahrain)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 1
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 20th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Stoffel Vandoorne may have only made one start with McLaren in 2016, deputizing for the injured Fernando Alonso in Bahrain, but the Belgian made a huge impression on Formula 1.

We all knew of his talent following his emphatic GP2 title success in 2015, but to step straight into an F1 car at a second’s notice and score a point – and outshine full-time, World Champion teammate Jenson Button – was a mighty achievement.

2017 will be a very exciting year with Vandoorne on the grid full-time.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

With one of the more impressive Grand Prix debuts in history, Vandoorne went from learning the McLaren system on a plane to Bahrain, to nearly making Q3, to scoring a single point.

His GP2 dominance coupled with his remaining race-ready after a year in Super Formula means he’s well prepared for his maiden F1 campaign next year.

If the car’s up to it, a high points haul could well be possible.

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).