Vandoorne hails maiden Formula 1 test

By on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Stoffel Vandoorne expressed his elation after conducting his maiden Formula 1 test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

The GP2 race winner completed 136 laps of the track on Wednesday in the McLaren MP4-29 and set the ninth fastest time.

The running was sufficient to allow the Belgian to collect his Formula 1 super license.

"This has been a fantastic day for me: my first experience in a Formula 1 car, and a really great opportunity to get plenty of laps under my belt," he said.

"I want to say a big thank-you to the team – everyone has been incredibly helpful and positive. It’s also great to have been able to contribute to the test programme: 136 laps today was a fantastic achievement, and it’s great that it’s earned me my Formula 1 Superlicence.

"Now my focus turns towards my next event – the GP2 races in Monte-Carlo next Friday and Saturday. I’m looking forward to bouncing back from a tricky weekend in Barcelona, and would love to get some great results in Monaco."


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