Vandoorne or King to replace Haryanto at Manor
McLaren have played down suggestions that Stoffel Vandoorne could be on the verge of returning to the Formula 1 grid, as he is now being linked with Rio Haryanto’s place at Manor.
McLaren-backed reserve driver Vandoorne made his grand prix debut this year when Fernando Alonso was injured.
International publications De Telegraaf and Marca report that because Indonesian Haryanto’s backing has run out, Vandoorne could make his return to the F1 grid with the backmarker team as soon as the Belgian grand prix in a month.
A McLaren spokesman told us: “As Ron (Dennis) has already said, Stoffel is very much part of the McLaren family, “However, it doesn’t surprise us that other formula one teams are interested in him, because he’s obviously very talented and very capable. But with regard to the rumour to which you allude, it’s just a rumour, nothing more.”
Another driver being linked with Haryanto’s place is 22-year-old British GP2 driver Jordan King.
King’s father, former Sainsbury’s chief Justin King, is already involved with Manor and the Sun newspaper reports that Jordan may already have a contract in place with the team.
“At the moment, Manor would be my preferred choice of destination,” he admitted. “I have been out in their car twice this year and once last year and that is the relationship I am building on.”