Belgian GP2 Champion Stoffel Vandoorne secures third driver role at McLaren-Honda for the 2016 Formula One Season. Not coming as a surprise to anyone in the Formula One paddock is the news that highly regarded McLaren junior and new GP2 Champion (and sometime sim racer) Stoffel Vandoorne has officially confirmed that he will replace outgoing McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen as test and reserve driver for the Woking concern's 2016 Grand Prix season. After a sterling season in Formula One's feeder category, GP2, where the Belgian secured five victories and a further eight podium positions to secure the title with two rounds remaining, the latest revelation was a forgone conclusion following McLaren's announcement back in October that Danish driver Kevin Magnussen will not be retained going into the new season. Although understandably delighted to be acting as reserve to regular drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, Vandoorne is keen to keep his racing instincts sharp and remain in a race seat outside of Formula One during the upcoming season. Vandoorne told the McLaren website: "I definitely want to race something next year, but what it will be we don't know yet... There's definitely some options though, and we're talking about them... I'm going to be test and reserve driver at McLaren anyway, which is a good position to be in. Obviously I want to race something next year as well, to say sharp, to stay fit, and to stay focused. If you stay sharp, fit and focused, then if any opportunity arises in Formula 1 you're 100 per cent ready to jump in." With several options open to the 23 year old, it remains to be seen what opportunities are available to the Belgian star outside of motorsports premier category. Recent word is that a test in the Japanese Super Formula (formally Formula Nippon) is an option with Vandoorne saying: "The Super Formula car is definitely a good car – it's at least as quick as a GP2 car or maybe even quicker, As I say, as I'm McLaren's test and reserve driver next year, but I want to keep racing alongside that, and I think Super Formula is one of the options, but it's not decided yet whether I'm going to do it or not." Other paths recently trodden by former and current drivers would be the ever growing World Endurance Championship (WEC) however no news on any availability of drives has been forthcoming so far. With such a talent as Vandoorne waiting in the wings at McLaren, current drivers Button and Alonso will have to be on top form next season to ensure their places are secured for 2017.