Why Red Bull should sign F1's 'worst' driver

Why Red Bull should sign F1's 'worst' driver

Stoffel Vandoorne looks increasingly likely to be out of Formula 1 next season, having floundered at McLaren despite his glittering junior career. But he should be taken seriously as the solution to Toro Rosso's looming driver problem

Stoffel Vandoorne is the only driver who has failed to outqualify his team-mate in 2018. He hasn't scored a point for nine races. The McLaren team that has had him on its books since '13 is on the brink of giving up on him. He seems all washed up in Formula 1, and superficially looks like the worst performer of the season.

You might believe Vandoorne has been 'found out'. But he's still the driver that tore up the junior categories on his way to grand prix racing and that is what makes him the ideal solution to the Toro Rosso driver shortage that Red Bull faces ahead of 2019.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?

AUTOSPORT+

from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just

39c