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Stoffel Vandoorne (born 26 March 1992) is a Belgian professional racing driver who is currently competing for Mercedes in Formula E. He had previously competed in Formula One for McLaren.[1][2] He will remain as a simulator driver for the Mercedes team in 2019.[3] Vandoorne currently resides in both Monte Carlo (Monaco) and Roeselare (Belgium).

Stoffel Vandoorne
Stoffel Vandoorne - Malaysia GP 2017.jpg
Vandoorne at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix
NationalityBelgium Belgian
Born (1992-03-26) 26 March 1992 (age 27)
Kortrijk, Belgium
FIA Formula E Championship career
Debut season2018–19
Current teamHWA Racelab
Car number5
Starts13
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Poles1
Fastest laps0
Best finish16th in 2018–19
Formula One World Championship career
Active years20162018
TeamsMcLaren
Car number2
Entries42 (41 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points26
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last entry2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2018 position16th (12 pts)
Previous series
2016
201415
2013
201112
201112
2010
Super Formula Championship
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Championship titles
2015
2012
2010
GP2 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
F4 Eurocup 1.6

Early lifeEdit

Stoffel Vandoorne was born in Kortrijk. Vandoorne was introduced to motorsport at the age of six during a visit to the kart track of World Karts in Kortrijk in Flanders, Belgium, with his father. Vandoorne started karting after the owner of the track gave him a mini-kart.

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

Initially, lack of funding restricted Vandoorne to race 3 to 4 races per year. By age 16 he was Belgian KF2 Champion. In 2009 he finished as runner-up in the CIK-FIA World Cup in the KF2 category.[4] The same year he won the 'steering wheel' competition held by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium. The prize money of 45,000 euros helped him start his car racing career in F4 Eurocup 1.6.[5]

Formula RenaultEdit

 
Stoffel Vandoorne 2013

In 2010, Vandoorne moved up to single-seater racing, joining the F4 Eurocup 1.6 series.[6] He went on to win the series on his first attempt, finishing the season with six wins and three further podium finishes.[7] The prize from winning the series helped him to move up to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 the following year. He also earned a place in the FIA Driver Academy.[8]

In 2011, he graduated to competing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Kurt Mollekens' KTR team.[9] He finished fifth overall, with one podium at the Hungaroring and another eight-point-scoring finishes throughout the season.[10] He also participated in Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, where he finished third in the series' standings with eight podiums.[11]

For the 2012 season Vandoorne remained in the Eurocup, but left KTR to join Josef Kaufmann Racing.[12] He won the championship by ten points after a tight battle between himself and Red Bull-backed Daniil Kvyat. Between them they won 11 of the 14 races and finished over 100 points ahead of their nearest challenger. Vandoorne finished the season with four wins and six podiums to his name. He also contested selected events in the Northern European Cup, where he won five of the seven races that he started, and finished on the podium in a sixth race.

In 2013, Vandoorne raced in Formula Renault 3.5, where he replaced 2012 champion Robin Frijns at Fortec Motorsport.[13] He finished runner-up to fellow McLaren young driver Kevin Magnussen with four wins and 10 podiums, including a victory at his home track of Spa-Francorchamps.

GP2 SeriesEdit

 
Vandoorne racing at the Silverstone round of the 2014 GP2 Series

In January 2014, it was confirmed that Vandoorne would make his debut in GP2, racing with ART. In the opening race at Bahrain, Vandoorne claimed his first victory of the season in the feature race. He followed this up with four consecutive pole positions, three more wins at the Hungaroring, Monza and Yas Marina and six additional podiums. Despite being a rookie, he finished runner-up to 2014 champion Jolyon Palmer.

Vandoorne reunited with ART for 2015, as well as was considered the main title contender.[14] He was partnered by 2014 Japanese Formula Three champion Nobuharu Matsushita. After five feature race wins, twelve podiums and four pole positions, Vandoorne took the title in Sochi, 108 points over his nearest rival Alexander Rossi.

Super FormulaEdit

On 12 February 2016, it was announced that Vandoorne would race a Honda in Super Formula for Dandelion Racing.[15] He finished fourth overall, the highest ranking among Honda engine users, with two wins and one pole position at Fuji Speedway in wet conditions throughout the season.

Formula OneEdit

In February 2013, Vandoorne joined McLaren's Young Driver Programme,[16] under the tutelage of his then manager Richard Goddard[disambiguation needed], in collaboration with the team's sporting director Sam Michael and its head of communications Matt Bishop, to whom Vandoorne had been introduced in 2011 by Alex Wurz.[17]

In January 2014, he was announced as a third driver for McLaren F1 also taking up driving duties in the GP2 Series for ART Grand Prix.[18]

2016Edit

 
Vandoorne on his F1 debut, driving for McLaren at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

On 31 March 2016, it was announced Vandoorne would be replacing regular driver Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix after the Spaniard was ruled unfit to drive following a major accident in the previous round.[19] After qualifying 12th ahead of Jenson Button, Vandoorne finished 10th and became the first reserve driver to score points on debut since Sebastian Vettel at the 2007 United States Grand Prix.

On 3 September 2016, ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, it was announced by McLaren that Jenson Button would not be racing in 2017, and that Vandoorne would be replacing him to partner Alonso for the 2017 season.[20]

2017Edit

 
Vandoorne driving for McLaren at the 2017 British Grand Prix

In his debut full season at McLaren, Vandoorne established himself as a considerable rookie next to veteran F1 Champion, Fernando Alonso. With the uncompetitive McLaren, Vandoorne racked up 13 points compared to Alonso's 17. The key issues lay in the reliability and performance of the car which resulted in 1 DNS and 5 DNFs throughout the 20 race season. Nevertheless, he managed to crack into the top 10 in Hungary, Malaysia and Singapore.

On 23 August 2017, it was announced that Vandoorne would be retained for the 2018 season.[21]

2018Edit

In the new McLaren Renault partnership, Vandoorne enjoyed a good start to the season with 3 points finishes in the first 4 races. However, as the season progressed, he struggled to maintain this momentum which left him with 8 points by the Japanese Grand Prix. Moreover, the lack of a competitive package in the McLaren resulted in a long drought in points finishes between the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix. Vandoorne ended the season in 16th ahead of 4 other drivers in the drivers' championship. However, the last few Grands Prix saw Vandoorne in some impressive battles, particularly in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Esteban Ocon and Romain Grosjean, which led him to finish 8th on the Formula 1 Power Rankings.

It was announced on 3 September 2018 that Vandoorne would leave McLaren at the end of the 2018 season.[22]

2019Edit

Vandoorne will be the simulator driver for the Mercedes team in 2019.[23]

Formula EEdit

It was confirmed on 15 October 2018 that Vandoorne would drive for HWA Racelab for the 2018–19 Formula E season.[24] He would be joining Britain's Gary Paffett to complete the driver lineup for HWA Racelab. Vandoorne would go on and start his Formula E debut just 3 weeks after leaving Formula 1 and would come 17th in his first race. He has also achieved his first qualifying pole position in Formula E at a wet 2019 Hong Kong ePrix.[25] He came third in the 2019 Rome ePrix and booked his first podium in Formula E. It was confirmed on 11 September 2019 that Vandoorne would drive for the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in the 2019-20 season.

FIA WEC Super SeasonEdit

In April 2019, it was announced that Stoffel Vandoorne will compete for two races in the WEC for 2018-2019 for SMP Racing.[26] He will drive the Russian BR1 №11 prototype along with Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 hours of Le Mans.

In the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Vandoorne, alongside Petrov and Aleshin, finished 3rd place in the LMP1 Class. Vandoorne drove the first stint during weather conditions of snow, hail and rain.

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 Autosport Academy 14 5 5 4 9 151 1st
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 KTR 14 0 0 0 1 93 5th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 20 0 3 0 8 328 3rd
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 14 4 6 3 11 244 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 7 5 4 5 6 176 9th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 4 3 2 10 214 2nd
2014 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 22 4 4 3 10 229 2nd
Formula One McLaren Mercedes Test driver
2015 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 21 7 4 7 16 341.5 1st
Formula One McLaren Honda Test driver
2016 Super Formula Docomo Team Dandelion Racing 9 2 1 0 3 27 4th
Formula One McLaren Honda 1 0 0 0 0 1 20th
2017 Formula One McLaren Honda 20 0 0 0 0 13 16th
2018 Formula One McLaren F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 12 16th
2018–19 Formula E HWA Racelab 13 0 1 0 1 35 16th
FIA World Endurance Championship SMP Racing 2 0 0 0 2 38 11th
2019 24 Hours of Le Mans SMP Racing 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Development driver

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Points
2013 Fortec Motorsports MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

3
ALC
1

8
ALC
2

3
MON
1

9
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

1
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

1
RBR
1

Ret
RBR
2

Ret
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

2
LEC
1

2
LEC
2

Ret
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

2
2nd 214

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2014 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

22
CAT
FEA

13
CAT
SPR

10
MON
FEA

14
MON
SPR

13
RBR
FEA

2
RBR
SPR

15
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

9
HOC
FEA

2
HOC
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

1
SPA
FEA

2
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

1
MNZ
SPR

13
SOC
FEA

5
SOC
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

1
YMC
SPR

5
2nd 229
2015 ART Grand Prix BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

2
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

2
MON
FEA

1
MON
SPR

8
RBR
FEA

1
RBR
SPR

2
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

2
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

4
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
SPR

3
SOC
FEA

3
SOC
SPR

4
BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

1
YMC
SPR

C
1st 341.5

Complete Super Formula resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2016 Docomo Team Dandelion Racing SUZ
3
OKA
12
FUJ
Ret
MOT
6
OKA
1
OKA
7
SUG
6
SUZ
17
SUZ
1
4th 27

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2016 McLaren Honda McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR
10
CHN RUS ESP MON CAN EUR AUT GBR HUN GER BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 20th 1
2017 McLaren Honda McLaren MCL32 Honda RA617H 1.6 V6 t AUS
13
CHN
Ret
BHR
DNS
RUS
14
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
14
AZE
12
AUT
12
GBR
11
HUN
10
BEL
14
ITA
Ret
SIN
7
MAL
7
JPN
14
USA
12
MEX
12
BRA
Ret
ABU
12
16th 13
2018 McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 1.6 V6 t AUS
9
BHR
8
CHN
13
AZE
9
ESP
Ret
MON
14
CAN
16
FRA
12
AUT
15
GBR
11
GER
13
HUN
Ret
BEL
15
ITA
12
SIN
12
RUS
16
JPN
15
USA
11
MEX
8
BRA
15
ABU
14
16th 12

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula E resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
2018–19 HWA Racelab Spark-Venturi VFE05 ADR
16
MRK
Ret
SAN
Ret
MEX
18
HKG
Ret
SNY
Ret
ROM
3
PAR
Ret
MCO
9
BER
5
BRN
10
NYC
13
NYC
8
16th 35

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2018–19 SMP Racing LMP1 BR Engineering BR1 AER P60B 2.4 L Turbo V6 SPA LMS SIL FUJ SHA SEB SPA
3
LMS
3
11th 38

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2019   SMP Racing   Mikhail Aleshin
  Vitaly Petrov
BR Engineering BR1-AER LMP1 379 3rd 3rd

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Benjamin Bailly
F4 Eurocup 1.6
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Matthieu Vaxivière
Preceded by
Robin Frijns
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Pierre Gasly
Preceded by
Jolyon Palmer
GP2 Series
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Pierre Gasly