It will likely be the Belgian’s first on-track outing in a present F1 automotive since he drove for Mercedes within the Abu Dhabi take a look at in December 2020.
Whereas the main focus of the Spa take a look at is on Pirelli’s blanket-free tyres, it should give Vandoorne a beneficial alternative to pattern the 2023 automotive, thus serving to him with correlation of his simulator work for Aston Martin.
It should additionally make his life quite a bit simpler ought to he be known as upon if both Stroll or Fernando Alonso is indisposed at any level over the rest of the season.
The 31-year-old shares the Aston reserve function with reigning Components 2 champion Felipe Drugovich, with the pair taking turns to attend races on standby.
Drugovich had his personal probability to pattern the AMR23 when he drove it for 2 days on the Bahrain take a look at in February whereas Stroll was not accessible. Since then, the Brazilian has been amassing additional mileage in personal testing in a 2021 automotive.
Stoffel Vandoorne, Reserve Driver, Aston Martin F1 Workforce
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Alongside along with his Aston duties, Vandoorne can also be one of many drivers accessible to McLaren as a reserve, and his run at Spa would additionally make it simpler for him to step into the MCL60 ought to he be required.
In addition to giving him a basic really feel for 2023 downforce ranges, the 2 vehicles share the Mercedes energy unit and thus have related settings on their respective steering wheels.
Vandoorne made his F1 race debut with McLaren in Bahrain in 2016, standing in for present Aston team-mate Alonso.
He then accomplished two full seasons in 2017 and 2018, the primary with Honda energy and the second with Renault. He completed sixteenth on this planet championship in each seasons, with a finest results of seventh place.
He was dropped by McLaren on the finish of 2018 however he subsequently rebuilt his profession in Components E, profitable the 2021-22 championship for Mercedes, for whom he additionally served as F1 reserve.
He at the moment drives for the DS Penske Components E workforce, and can also be a reserve for the Peugeot WEC outfit.