Following his departure from Formula 1 Vandoorne entered Formula E with HWA, and scored a podium finish in his first season. He remained at the team after it became Mercedes’ factory Formula E team and is leading the championship heading into this weekend’s race in Mexico, having scored two third places and a sixth in the opening rounds.
The 27-year-old will share the F1 reserve driver role with former Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez, who has worked with Mercedes since 2018. Vandoorne said he was “super happy” with the announcement, which will also see him take on a factory-based role supporting the race team.
Mercedes two junior drivers are both racing in Formula 1 this year. Esteban Ocon has been signed to a two-year contract to drive for Renault, while George Russell is starting his second season at Williams.
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