Stoffel Vandoorne: “I hope to see the reward for our efforts paying off soon”

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McLaren-Honda Formula 1 Team driver Stoffel Vandoorne is hoping that the hard work the team has done this season will start to come to fruition at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The team has so far struggled to make much headway in the Championship, with their sole points score coming from Fernando Alonso’s ninth place in Baku.

Despite the lack of form so far, Vandoorne is confident that both his and the team’s hard work will pay off – though hopes it’s sooner rather than later.

I’ve been working hard with the engineers and I feel confident in the car – my weekends are coming together better now in the first part of the season and as a team we are progressing every weekend,” said Vandoorne. 

“We have to be patient, keep working hard, and I hope to see the reward for our efforts paying off soon.”

The Hungaroring is a technical track that favours setup over speed, with some drivers finding this balance easier to manage than others. This is a challenge that Vandoorne has mastered in the past though, having taken one of his eleven GP2 Series wins at the track.

I really like the Hungaroring circuit – although it’s not the fastest in term of outright pace, its technical layout means it feels quick and requires 100% commitment and concentration all the way around the lap.

“There are a lot of quick changes of direction, and the twisty configuration means you have to have your line spot-on every time to get the best out of a lap.”