Kevin Magnussen has urged youngster Stoffel Vandoorne to learn as much as possible from the hugely experienced Fernando Alonso at McLaren (16/1 2017 Constructors’ Championship outright) next season.
Jenson Button retired from the sport at the end of the 2016 campaign after spending seven years competing for McLaren in a career that spanned 16 years in total.
The Brit’s decision to move on has opened up the opportunity for Vandoorne to earn a regular seat for the 2017 term, and he will partner Alonso (25/1 2017 Drivers’ Championship outright).
The 24-year-old has only started on the grid at one Formula One race weekend as he performed strongly to finish tenth in Bahrain.
McLaren bosses believe there is a lot of potential to come from the Belgian and hope he can pick up a few tips from the vastly experienced Alonso.
Magnussen, who spent two years with McLaren, has urged the youngster to take full advantage of the fantastic opportunity he has been presented with over the course of the new season.
“He’s been very lucky to come into Formula One in a very good time, come into McLaren in a very good time.” Magnussen said.
“I think a lot of good things are happening there, and I think it is a very good place to be at now.
“He will have someone that he will have to pay attention to. He will have to look at what he is doing and learn from what he is doing.
“[Vandoorne] is up against one of the best in the sport. He will be able to show properly what he can do because of that, so I think he has everything that you can ask for to make a future for yourself in Formula One.
“[Alonso] has so much experience, and this experience is what you need to really pay attention to and learn from it as much as you can.”
odds subject to change