McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne has revealed he was in the running to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso next year -- until he said no to the Red Bull junior team.
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has said he is trying to find seats in formula one for the 21-year-old Belgian as well as his 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 rival Kevin Magnussen.
Vandoorne told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir: "Yes, Dr Helmut Marko contacted me in September."
He confirmed that the conversation was about 2014, because Australian Ricciardo was set to be announced as Mark Webber's replacement at Red Bull.
"As (Antonio Felix) da Costa was not doing an exceptional season, they began to question him and...
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