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Why Aston Martin opted for Vandoorne as reserve driver

Following the news that Stoffel Vandoorne will join Aston Martin as a test and reserve driver for the 2023 F1 season, team boss Mike Krack has explained why the addition of Vandoorne is important for the team.

Aston Martin boss Mike Krack believes that the appointment of Stoffel Vandoorne as a test and reserve driver at Aston Martin will greatly benefit the team. It has been announced that Vandoorne will join the squad in his new role for the 2023 season, where he will share duties with Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich across the 24-race F1 calendar. Vandoorne will also continue to compete in Formula E, with the Belgian moving to DS Penske for the upcoming season off the back of his championship victory with Mercedes EQ in the 2021/22 campaign. Ahead of Fernando Alonso's move to the race team in 2023, Krack is feeling optimistic about the addition of Vandoorne to Aston Martin's line-up.

Aston Martin explain Vandoorne's 'significant' role

"Stoffel has all the capabilities we need for this new and expanded role within the team: he is fast, analytical, hard-working and a fantastic team player, and will fit perfectly into our growing organisation, working alongside our other test driver, Felipe Drugovich," Krack explained. "The whole team is hugely motivated for next year, and the appointment of Stoffel, alongside Fernando, Lance [Stroll] and Felipe, gives extra depth to our fantastic driver line-up. "This will be a significant role for Stoffel, and we will be reliant on him to work hard with both our track and simulation and engineering teams to improve our performance for 2023 and beyond." Vandoorne previously raced in Formula 1 with McLaren between 2017 and 2018, and went on to undertake reserve and simulator duties for Mercedes.

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