he McLaren team announced that Stoffel Vandoorne will continue to compete on their behalf during the 2018 Formula 1 season.
It was expected that Vandoorne would have a long-term deal with McLaren and stay in the team, but the rumors continued to emerge. McLaren, who wanted to finish the rumors, announced that Vandoorne would continue in today's statement.
Vandoorne "I'm glad to announce that the team will continue next year, so I'll focus on the second half of the rookie season, focusing entirely on my work, and I'll try to get the best out of my car and my engineers." said.
The 2015 GP2 champion, Vandoorne, has been included in the McLaren driver program since 2013. Vandoorne, who competed in Bahrain in place of Fernando Alonso in 2016, scored points being 10th race.
Vandoorne, who started full-time driving this year, could only get one point. His team-mate Alonso managed to score 10 points and clearly outperforms Vandorne.
McLaren's Racing Director Eric Boullier said, "When we announced that Stoffel would compete in the name of McLaren Honda in 2017 at the end of 2016, we pointed out that he will compete in our next few years."
"This plan has not changed and I am delighted that he will continue to compete next year with our step."
"Like all the rookies, we had to learn a lot in the first half of the first season in Formula 1, but we trust him and he gets better every day."
"The teammate is a very challenging name, in fact it's a mild expression, because it's probably the best driver in our day, but Stoffel's talent and passion makes sure that he will get great success in the future." said.