Stoffel Vandoorne: “It’s been a pretty good week for us in Hungary”


Stoffel Vandoorne was second quickest on Tuesday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Stoffel Vandoorne completed 72 laps of the Hungaroring on Tuesday, and felt the first day of the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test was a productive one for the McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team.

The Belgian finished second fastest, and despite a precautionary stoppage on track for a suspected fluid leak that ate into his track time, he was happy that the upgrades the team brought to the test were making a positive difference to the performance of his MCL32.

“It’s actually been a very productive day for us, despite the stoppage,” said Vandoorne. “We’ve put some new things on the car to explore throughout the day and I feel they’ve been positive – we’ve definitely moved in the right direction as the day has progressed.

“It’s good to see that when we bring new parts to the track, they respond and improve the performance of the car. Obviously, this is testing, and it doesn’t mean a lot, but it does give us useful data that we can analyse and help our learning.

“We have a busy programme over these two days and hopefully after the summer break we can show that we’ve made another step forward and make further improvements for the rest of the season.”

Vandoorne will hand over the car to McLaren junior Lando Norris on Wednesday, and overall he has been happy with his performance throughout his whole visit to Hungary, which included his first point of 2017 on Sunday.

“A test after a race weekend is always very valuable for the team, and provides a good opportunity to validate things that did or didn’t go well, and introduce new parts that might have been too much of a risk during the sessions,” said Vandoorne.

“It’s been a pretty good week for us in Hungary, and positive to be consistently running in the top 10.  I hope tomorrow goes well with Lando and we can gather more useful data, before the team starts a well-deserved summer break.”