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Stoffel Vandoorne: McLaren was initially an Alonso car

Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Sports

14. September 2017 – 17:50

Stoffel Vandoorne was initially at war with the MCL32

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(cafetheology.org) – With the way Stoffel Vandoorne had dominated the GP2 championship in 2015, he was one of the greatest talents in his Formula One debut, but because he did not hoped for him at McLaren-Honda the Belgian lost something of standing. Against Fernando Alonso, Vandoorne saw no country, and always stayed pale on the weekends – even if that was largely due to his service vehicle. Now he explains how difficult the Rookie 2017 so far really had: McLaren had already experienced two hard years before and this season was even worse from the starting holes. Engine problems cost Vandoorne a lot of valuable test time and the familiarization with the engineers. "In addition, my driving style is enormously different from that of Fernando", he suggests that the car was initially aimed at team-mate Alonso. "Lastly, however, everything went more towards the set-up I adjusted myself to some things, "he explained, why the performance in the past races went significantly uphill. "The whole relationship with the team and my commitment has definitely helped enormously to understand each other and to put the whole thing into results." In 2016, Vandoorne had been able to score a counter in his first race, replacing Fernando Alonso in Bahrain Season he had to wait until the eleventh season race to the first point. Vandoorne admits that it was the first time that he really had to go through a difficult time in his career. "But in a way, it has made me much stronger," he says. "It's not a situation I want to be, but when times change and we are competitive, it's definitely helped," he says Positive in the crisis. McLaren is setting the pace for this and is likely to announce tomorrow that it will compete with Renault in 2018. "Change is positive," says Vandoorne with a wink. "Hopefully we can soon see the good side of it."

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