Vandoorne applauds new Alonso deal


Stoffel Vandoorne reckons McLaren will have “one of the strongest line-ups” next season after Fernando Alonso re-signed with the team.

After months of speculation, McLaren announced on Thursday that the double World Champion would remain at Woking next season.

Vandoorne has hailed the continuation of his partnership with Alonso, confident that together they form one of the “best” partnerships in F1.

“Fernando extending his contract is good news for us, because it gives stability to the team and also for me,” Vandoorne told

“We’ve got a good relationship, we work very well together, so for me he’s a benchmark and I’m happy to have him alongside me.

“I think we’ll be one of the strongest line-ups for next year if not the best one.

“It’s always good to have a double World Champion next to you, especially in motor racing. You never stop learning and every weekend I can learn from him.”