Car No.: 47
Best Finish: 10th (Bahrain)
Fastest Laps: 0
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.