Stoffel Vandoorne: McLaren knows I have similar pace to Alonso and Button

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Stoffel Vandoorne thinks he's already proven to McLaren he has "similar speed" to Fernando Alonso and Jesnon Button as he continues pushing for a 2017 race seat.

McLaren reserve Vandoorne won a record-breaking GP2 crown last year but remains uncertain of his F1 future, with a drive at the team hinging on whether it decides to drop Jenson Button for 2017. The Belgian deputised for the injured Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix this year and scored points on his debut with a strong drive to ninth position.

The Belgian drove for McLaren at Silverstone during Wednesday's test, and also took part in the Barcelona test in May, and believes he has shown McLaren what he is capable of with his time in the car.

Asked if he felt like McLaren's engineers valued his feedback, he replied: "Yes I see no reason why not. I've driven an F1 grand prix, quite a few days in an F1 car now and proven I have a similar speed to [Alonso and Button]."

Vandoorne is unlikely to know his future until McLaren has decided on Button, who has been linked with a return to Williams in recent weeks. In the past two seasons McLaren has waited late to confirm -- it only decided on its 2015 line-up in December of the previous year, leaving Kevin Magnussen without a drive after being dropped in favour of Button.

When asked if he has to wait for McLaren to make a choice, he replied: "The main goal is to be in F1 next year, that hasn't changed, I am contracted to McLaren and I want to be with this team next year. I've spent a lot of time with the team and engineers and feel we've been through a perfect preparation.

"There is not much more I can really do to get the drive now. I would love to race for this team but I've always said if for some reason it doesn't become possible I am positive that there are other options available."

Vandoorne is currently competing in Super Formula in Japan alongside his reserve driver commitments and believes he has a lot of interested observers in the paddock.

"I think everybody is interested in what I am doing. This year I see as a preparation year for next year and my main focus is still to get an F1 drive next year. I will focus on my role as the reserve driver but having a racing programme alongside that is a good benefit to stay race fit and sharp in any case I need to jump in the car."