Stoffel Vandoorne mentioned farewell to Formulation One at Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix however McLaren boss Zak Brown wouldn’t be stunned to see the Belgian again on a future beginning grid.

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The 26-year-old, who dominated the 2015 GP2 championship however struggled in Formulation One with an uncompetitive automotive, will debut within the all-electric Formulation E sequence subsequent month with the Mercedes-affiliated HWA Racelab workforce. In two seasons with McLaren, Vandoorne managed a greatest result of seventh and was out-qualified by double world champion workforce mate Fernando Alonso in all 21 races this season.

“I feel Stoffel’s an excellent expertise,” Brown instructed Reuters. “I feel he did have a good crack at it in a really poor race automotive however we gave him two strong years and we gave Fernando and himself equal tools.

“He did have a fairly tough workforce mate however typically issues do not click on and I feel he’ll go on to achieve success in Formulation E. I feel we might see him again in Formulation One,” added the American.

Vandoorne ended the 2018 season in 16th place within the drivers’ championship, scoring 12 factors. Octane/Motion Plus through Getty Photographs

“I would not be stunned, it would not be the primary time a driver struggled a bit bit at first after which gelled a bit bit afterward. I feel Stoffel is certainly a Formulation One calibre driver, so you may see him again for certain.”

Vandoorne instructed reporters in Abu Dhabi it was onerous to see how issues would possibly pan out however he was not ruling out a comeback both. Whereas his essential focus would now be Formulation E, he could be holding the traces of communication open.

“I am tying up with Mercedes, I am going to be their simulator driver which will probably be a brand new expertise for me as nicely so I’ll maintain involved with Formulation One and I’ll nonetheless be concerned on this world,” he mentioned.

McLaren may have an all-new line-up in 2019, with Spaniard Carlos Sainz becoming a member of from Renault whereas F2 runner-up Lando Norris strikes up from a reserve function to make his Formulation One debut.

Alonso has saved open the opportunity of a return, not solely convincingly, however Brown mentioned McLaren, former champions with no win since 2012, noticed the pairing as a long-term one.

“We would have liked to make a change, a little bit of a recent begin,” mentioned the American. “We wished to go along with a younger line-up that we will maintain on to for some time.”

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