GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne has confirmed that he will act as McLaren's test and reserve driver for the 2016 season, replacing the outgoing Kevin Magnussen.
Vandoorne has been part of McLaren's young driver scheme for several years and romped to the 2015 GP2 crown, alongside conducting some duties with the Formula 1 squad.
Vandoorne will now officially step up to a reserve role with the outfit but is hopeful of combining his duties alongside a race seat, most likely in Japan's Super Formula category.
"I definitely want to race something next year, but what it will be we don’t know yet," he said in an interview on McLaren's website.
"There’s definitely some options though, and we’re talking about them. I’m going to be test and reserve driver at McLaren anyway, which is a good position to be in.
"Obviously I want to race something next year as well, to say sharp, to stay fit, and to stay focused, so we’ll see what comes out.
"And if you stay sharp, fit and focused, then if any opportunity arises in F1 you’re 100 percent ready to jump in."