MAR 31st 2016

8 McLaren Stand‑Ins – Why Vandoorne Has A Lot To Live Up To!

With GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne getting the call to replace the injured Fernando Alonso for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, the 24-year-old Belgian looks set to join a select band of drivers who only ever competed in one World Championship GP aboard a McLaren. It may transpire, of course, that double World Champion Alonso, who suffered that massive smash in the season-opening Australian GP, is still not fit to race in China in two weeks’ time, in which case Vandoorne will stand in again. For now, though, let’s work on the theory that it’s a one-off for a young man who becomes the 21st driver from Belgium to race at the top level. Who are the other eight drivers who got one go in a McLaren? And in what car, where and when did they do it?

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