McLaren-Honda reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne is going to be a very busy fellow this year, with his role with McLaren at all Formula 1 races, plus a schedule of simulator and public relations events for the team. In addition, in order to stay race-fit, he will be racing in the seven rounds of the Super Formula championship in Japan. This will mean missing Monaco to race in Okayama, and Mexico because of a clash with Suzuka. It will also mean some fairly manic travelling. The plus side of the story is that Super Formula has become a very good place to prepare for F1, with the cars being fast and the drivers having to learn about tyre choices and many similar technology as in F1. Stoffel will join the Docomo Team Dandelion Racing operation, replacing Narain Karthikeyan, who has moved to the Le Mans Company, where he will race alongside another former F1 man Kamui Kobayashi. Vandoorne will join Tomoki Nojiri, who will be in his third year with the team. The series was dominated last year by Toyota-engined cars and Honda is keen to win more in 2016.