Date published: September 28 2018
Although Stoffel Vandoorne is hoping to stay in F1 in some capacity, the soon-to-be-ousted McLaren driver says he looking for a race drive elsewhere.
Vandoorne learnt earlier this season that his days at McLaren are numbered.
Like others Vandoorne is finding it extremely difficult to secure a new F1 race seat and will be looking outside the series for a “proper” racing opportunity.
Asked by Autosport if he was ‘resigned’ to leave F1, he said: “Yeah. Unless anything out-of-control happens again, then maybe, but I think chances of anything like that happening is almost 0%.
“So the priority for me is to have a proper racing programme, and obviously in some ways stay involved within Formula 1, to still be connected to this world.
“I still feel I deserve a second chance in a good and right environment.
“The priority is first to find a race drive, which will be the main focus and target. And then we can see whatever [F1] options will open up next to that.”
He has been linked to IndyCars as well as Formula E but refused to say which way he is leaning.
“I’ve been looking to the future and in my head it’s pretty clear what I want to do. I’ve been in touch with a lot of teams and series for the future. IndyCar has been one, but nothing is decided,” said Vandoorne.