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Vandoorne to combine GP2 with McLaren reserve role

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Stoffel Vandoorne has been named as McLaren's reserve driver for 2014 and will combine his role with a year racing in GP2 for ART.

Vandoorne has been a part of McLaren's young driver programme for nearly a year and last season finished second in Formula Renault 3.5 to McLaren's new race driver Kevin Magnussen.

"I'm thrilled and honoured to have been selected by McLaren Mercedes to be the team's Formula One reserve driver," Vandoorne said. "Equally, I'm really excited to have been selected to race for the ART GP2 team.

"I plan to take my responsibilities as McLaren Mercedes' Formula One reserve driver very seriously indeed, since I very much enjoy immersing myself in the technical aspects of Formula One Grand Prix weekends.

"I'll do whatever I can to help the team's two Formula One race drivers, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, both of whom are great guys and superb drivers, to achieve as much as they possibly can this season."

The ART drive is part of a wider deal between the GP2 team and McLaren and its 2015 engine supplier Honda. Vandoorne will be partnered by Japanese driver Takuya Izawa next year at ART.

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