Vandoorne welcomes Alonso challenge

Date published: October 12 2016

Incoming McLaren-Honda driver Stoffel Vandoorne revealed he is not afraid of partnering with someone as prestigious as Fernando Alonso next year.

Following the announcement of Jenson Button’s sabbatical, at the same time it was also revealed that Vandoorne will replace him.

On pairing with Alonso next year, the young Belgian driver is looking at it as a positive learning experience rather than a daunting task.

“I think it’s something positive for me to race alongside Fernando,” said the GP2 Champion, who has already scored a point for McLaren.

“Everyone obviously knows his qualities, he’s a double world champion and a lot of people see him as one of the toughest drivers to beat. So I think it’s positive for me to come in and be his team-mate.

“Obviously we’ll try to beat each other, that’s normal because we’re racing drivers. But as well we have to make sure we push the team forward for next year.

“We’re making big progress now and hopefully next year we can make another big step.”