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McLaren considering Vandoorne options

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Stoffel Vandoorne tested for McLaren at Silverstone this year © Sutton Images

Eric Boullier admits McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne's recent form suggests he may be ready for a step up to Formula One in 2015, though he is not ruling out another season in GP2 for the Belgian.

After winning his GP2 debut race in Bahrain, Vandoorne's form tailed off slightly before a handful of podiums and a second victory in Hungary, while he was also involved in a thrilling battle for victory with Raffaele Marciello at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend. Boullier has confessed McLaren is formulating a three-to-five year driver plan and he thinks Vandoorne would be ready should the opportunity - whether at McLaren or a team further down the grid - arise.

"It is a little bit too early to take a decision," said Boullier during a McLaren phone-in with journalists. "I think if you have to go to F1, first he needs to feel ready, and I am happy that he feels ready. He also needs the opportunity to step into F1 but not in any condition."

Though he has been impressed with Vandoorne's recent form, Boullier admits the Belgian could benefit from another season in GP2.

"We are now assessing all scenarios. I think GP2 is one of them, as he still has to learn more about GP2, get more wins and obviously fight for the championship. He is doing a good job for the first year. You can see really clear progress over the last few races. He is very dedicated and I am happy to see he is getting there - but it is too early to have plans, so everything is open."

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