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Vandoorne joins McLaren young driver programme 19 Feb 2013

Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL). FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Selection Event, Melk, Austria, 8 February 2011

Stoffel Vandoorne, the reigning Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Champion, has become an official member of McLaren’s Young Driver Programme, the team has confirmed.

The 20-year-old Belgian, who is graduating to the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2013, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have been selected to be part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme.

"McLaren is one of the greatest names in global motorsport, and to be a part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme is an honour and a privilege which I fully intend to do my very best to maximise in terms of both learning and results for years to come.

"I'd therefore like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to (team principal) Martin Whitmarsh, and all at McLaren, for having shown faith in me in this way."

Martin Whitmarsh added: "We're delighted to announce that Stoffel is now part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme.

"He's an able and ambitious young driver, and we have high hopes for him."

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