Vandoorne must learn from Alonso in 2017 - Magnussen

Vandoorne must learn from Alonso in 2017 - Magnussen
By F1i

27/12/2016 at 13:57Updated 27/12/2016 at 15:06

Kevin Magnussen says that Stoffel Vandoorne has been very fortunate in the timing of his arrival at McLaren for his first full season of Grand Prix racing in 2017, and that he will have the opportunity to learn from one of the best talents in the sport.

Vandoorne has already completed one race outing with the Woking-based team when he took over from an injured Fernando Alonso for the Bahrain Grand Prix in April, and finished in the points on his début. He will become a full-time driver with the team in 2017 following Jenson Button's retirement.

Magnussen is himself a former test and development driver for McLaren, and had a full-time race seat with the squad in 2014. After a season with Renault, the Dane will move to Haas for next year's championship.

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) - GP of Belgium 2016

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) - GP of Belgium 2016McLaren

"I don't need to give him any advice," said Magnussen whether he had any tips for the Belgian driver, who won the 2015 GP2 championship in dominant fashion. "He knows how to do it himself, and he has some people there to support him."

Magnussen did warn Vandoorne that his biggest threat in his maiden season would come from Alonso who will be his team mate in 2017 - but that this would also be a golden opportunity for him to learn the ropes from a two-time world champion.

"He will have someone that he will have to pay attention to. He will have to look at what he is doing and learn from what he is doing," cautioned Magnussen.

"[Vandoorne] is up against one of the best in the sport. He will be able to show properly what he can do because of that, so I think he has everything that you can ask for to make a future for yourself in Formula One.

"[Alonso] has so much experience, and this experience is what you need to really pay attention to and learn from it as much as you can."