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.