Stoffel Vandoorne has revealed that he is in regular talks with McLaren about his future as he continues to dominate proceedings in the 2015 GP2 Series championship.
After finishing second in Formula 1’s premier feeder series in 2014, the McLaren junior driver has won all five feature races so far this season to open up a 76 point lead at the top of the drivers’ standings.
Vandoorne was thought to be in the mix for a seat with McLaren last year, but racing director Eric Boullier said that the Belgian had to “stay in GP2 to win the championship as a boss.”
He certainly appears to be on track to do exactly that, and is unsurprisingly being named in predictions for the grid in 2016.
When asked by MotorSportsTalk earlier this week about his future and a possible move into F1, Vandoorne said that although nothing had been decided, regular talks were being held with Boullier and team CEO Ron Dennis.
“Still a bit early [to think about F1], still my main focus is on GP2, trying to win that in the proper way and finish it like I started as well,” Vandoorne said.
“Of course, my aim is to be in Formula 1, it is what I have worked for since I was a kid and what I dream of. But, it is still early.
“I do have regular talks with Ron and Eric about the future, but nothing is decided yet.”
Alongside Vandoorne in McLaren’s considerations is Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen, who was dropped after a single season with the British team to make way for Fernando Alonso at Woking in 2015.
Magnussen does not have a full-time drive in 2015 and is instead working as McLaren’s reserve driver. As a result, it could be assumed that Vandoorne’s success has seen him overtake the Dane in the team’s estimations.
Vandoorne does not see it like this, though, and is instead focusing on his own fortunes.
“I know Kevin has had a lot of questions about me too, who he sees as his biggest rival to get a F1 seat,” the Belgian said.
“As Kevin says, we shouldn’t really look at each other the whole time and think about each other because, in the end, everybody can be a competitor for a race seat in F1. There’s not one guy you should focus on.”
Vandoorne’s future most certainly does lie within F1, but quite whether it is as early as 2016 and with whom he would race remains far from clear.