After a statement by the FIA that Fernando Alonso would not be taking part in the Bahrain GP, Mclaren have announced that Stoffel Vandoorne will be making his Grand Prix Debut.
After his high speed accident in Australia, Fernando Alonso was not cleared to race this weekend in Bahrain, leaving Mclaren Honda to announce on their website that Vandoorne will be taking over driving duties in Bahrain.
“Following any on-track incident, we will always abide by the FIA doctors’ decisions” said the team on their website, “As usual, McLaren Honda reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will be on hand on Friday morning and will make his Formula 1 debut in place of Fernando.”
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) March 31, 2016
Vandoorne, the reigning GP2 champion, is currently taking part in a two-day Super Formula pre-season test in Japan, but will be in Bahrain on Friday morning ready to deputise.
About to board for Bahrain, a bit earlier than expected but so much looking forward to it! Will do my very best for the team @McLarenF1!
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) March 31, 2016