- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Kortrijk, Belgium
After just one previous race appearance, as stand-in for the injured Ferando Alonso at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix, the young Belgian will celebrate his 25th birthday by making his second as the Spaniard’s team-mate at this season’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Vandoorne secured a point on his debut at Sakhir where he shone alongside 2009 world champion Briton Jenson Button and did more than enough to prove he was ready for promotion, if and when the time came.
Button’s retirement has given him that chance.
Vandoorne began his career aged six and, like most F1® racers of the future, he impressed in karting, winning races in his national series and going on to finish second in the KF2 World Cup of 2009. He graduated to single-seaters in 2010 and promptly won the F4 Eurocup sereis with six victories.
In 2011, he won the Formula Renault 2.0 Euro series and was second in the 3.5 series a year later when he also joined the McLaren Young Driver programme. That helped him progress further by finishing second in his maiden GP2 campaign with ART in 2014 and then winning it in 2015 with seven wins and 16 podiums.