Vandoorne completes 136 laps to secure F1 Superlicense

Vandoorne completes 136 laps to secure F1 Superlicense

McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne got his first taste of Formula One machinery on Wednesday at the post-Spanish Grand Prix test, the Belgian completing 136 laps at the wheel of the MP4-29 to gain his Superlicense in the process.

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Vandoorne, who finished as the runner-up to current McLaren race driver Kevin Magnussen in last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 championship, was tasked with completing running for Italian tyre supplier Pirelli on his first day of testing for the Woking-based outfit.

The Belgian completed 136 laps of trouble-free running – 600km – over the course of the day on his way to ninth fastest, to meet the requirements to obtain his Formula One Superlicense – 300 km.

“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.”

Vandoorne lies sixth in the GP2 drivers’ championship with 25 points, courtesy of a win for ART on his series debut in Bahrain.

Image courtesy of McLaren Mercedes

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.