Stoffel Vandoorne Hilariously Trolls Himself After Missing Out on Mercedes Drive to Russell

Published 12/02/2020, 11:28 PM EST
SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 24: Stoffel Vandoorne of Belgium and McLaren Honda walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 24, 2017 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Stoffel Vandoorne was at Valencia, testing Formula E yesterday. Meanwhile, in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton tested positive for Coronavirus. Hamilton was immediately isolated as FIA and Formula 1 followed the protocols.

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Mercedes needed a replacement driver for the next weekend. Vandoorne, Mercedes’ replacement driver, was immediately asked to travel to Bahrain after finishing his Formula E duties.

Russell steps in for Hamilton at Mercedes

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Unfortunately, Vandoorne did not get his opportunity to race in Formula 1. Mercedes announced yesterday that George Russell will replace Hamilton next weekend. Meanwhile, Jack Aitken was looking to fill in for Russell at Williams.

Stoffel Vandoorne joking about going back to his video games this weekend. Source: Stoffel Vandoorne Instagram. 

Vandoorne took the news fairly well and took to Instagram, joking about how the situation turned out for him this week. According to his Instagram, he will spend the weekend playing video games.

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Mercedes figured out a deal with Williams and loaned Russell out for this weekend. There was a lot of significant news announced yesterday; however, for Vandoorne, unfortunately, things did not turn out well.

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Vandoorne will go back to focusing on Formula E. He drives for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team. He finished the championship at P2 last season. However, he seems to be enjoying much more success this time around as he leads the championship.

Jack Aitken will step in for George Russell at Williams this weekend, making his debut in the big leagues. He is having an impressive Formula 2 season and is also Williams’ reserve driver.

CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, MONTMELO, SPAIN – 2019/02/20: Pietro Fittipaldi of Brazil and Haas F1 Team during day three of F1 Winter Testing. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Pietro Fittipaldi is going to be Romain Grosjean’s replacement. He has been a part of the Haas setup since 2018. He is one of the two replacement drivers along with Louis Deletraz.

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Meanwhile, George Russell will have the biggest opportunity of his racing career this weekend. He has shown impressive race craft this season. He will finally have the best chance to score his first Formula 1 points, maybe even get himself a podium.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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