Vandoorne happy chassis issue fixed as his McLaren seat could be at stake

09-08-2018 15:20
by Jake Williams-Smith
Vandoorne happy chassis issue fixed as his McLaren seat could be at stake

Stoffel Vandoorne's chassis which had been causing the Belgian a wrath of problems in recent races has finally been fixed according to Vandoorne himself. He had been off of his teammate's pace by a large margin, which Fernando Alonso explained was down to his chassis rather than a lack of speed.

Speaking to media after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Vandoorne was relieved to have experienced a normal weekend in comparison to the lowly finishes he had endured up to that point. Despite not finishing the race due to a gearbox failure, Vandoorne told media that he was happy with the way his weekend had gone.

"It is back to normal and that's positive. It was good to have a normal weekend again. I had a normal Friday, where I was working on the set-up, instead of having to go after all sorts of other things, which was nice, so I'm satisfied."

The 26-year-old has been rumoured to be at risk of losing his McLaren seat due to underperformances in comparison to his two-time champion teammate Alonso. Carlos Sainz has been tipped to be a possible replacement, completing an all Spanish line-up at the team Alonso claimed was 'too British' just a decade ago.

Another option would be to promote young talent Lando Norris, although another year away from F1 in Super Formula seems to be the more realistic option for the young Brit.

Whether or not McLaren would relinquish Vandoorne just yet in his career is still up in the air, Sauber team principal Fred Vasseur is a big fan of Vandoorne and could bring him to Sauber as a replacement for Charles Leclerc should the Monegasque driver get the call-up to Ferrari or Haas.

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