Vandoorne wracks up Superlicence miles

Thursday 15-May-2014 06:04

Stoffel Vandoorne has hailed his "fantastic" debut having tested a McLaren F1 car for the first time on Wednesday.

The McLaren protege was in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Day Two of the two-day test, replacing regular driver Jenson Button.

With his day reserved exclusively for testing Pirelli's tyres, Vandoorne completed 136 trouble-free laps with a best time of 1:28.441.

"This has been a fantastic day for me: my first experience in a Formula 1 car, and a really great opportunity to get plenty of laps under my belt," said the 22-year-old.

"I want to say a big thank-you to the team - everyone has been incredibly helpful and positive."

Such was the Belgium driver's mileage on Wednesday that he accrued enough mileage to earn a Formula 1 Superlicence.

"It's also great to have been able to contribute to the test programme: 136 laps was a fantastic achievement, and it's great that it's earned me the right to be granted a Formula 1 Superlicence."

But it is now back to GP2 with ART Grand Prix and the Monaco race where Vandoorne is hoping to bounce back after a difficult time in Spain.

"Now my focus turns towards my next event - the GP2 races in Monte-Carlo next Friday and Saturday. I'm looking forward to bouncing back from a tricky weekend in Barcelona, and would love to get some great results in Monaco."

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