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Vandoorne Knew Monza Would Be “Difficult” Race For McLaren

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Stoffel Vandoorne - Italian Grand Prix - F1
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Stoffel Vandoorne felt the Italian Grand Prix was “pretty decent” for McLaren F1 Team despite the Belgian finishing in a lowly thirteenth.

Vandoorne and McLaren struggled on Friday as they propped up the timing sheets but improved slightly on Saturday and Vandoorne feels they improved again on race day at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

“It was a pretty decent race for us today, considering the performance we had on Friday.

“We made a good step on Saturday, went into the race and beat a few cars that we maybe didn’t expect to beat.  That was positive.”

Despite finishing outside the points, Vandoorne was able to finish ahead of some faster cars including the Renault Sport Formula One Team of Nico Hülkenberg which the Belgian feels shows the good race pace of the McLaren.

“Our race pace was pretty good. We were stuck behind a Sauber, the Toro Rosso of Pierre [Gasly] and the Renault of Nico [Hulkenberg] but with our strategy we managed to undercut them and make it work.” 

Monza and the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has been a tough couple of races for McLaren and Vandoorne is looking forward to heading to Singapore, a track that should suit McLaren better.

“Anyway, we knew that Spa and Monza would be two difficult races for us, even though the latter turned out to be maybe slightly better than expected. 

“Next stop Singapore – hopefully we’ll have more performance there.”

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