Sen­sa­tion Van­doorne cool over fu­ture chances

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Mclaren re­serve driver Stof­fel Van­doorne has re­fused to al­low him­self to think about a sec­ond grand prix start this year, de­spite Fernando Alonso fac­ing a late call to see if he is fit enough to re­turn.

Alonso was ruled out of com­pet­ing in Bahrain af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with chest in­juries fol­low­ing his ac­ci­dent in the Aus­tralian GP. Alonso un­der­went a med­i­cal at Sakhir and was told on Thurs­day he could not race. Alonso will have a sec­ond exam be­fore Shang­hai to see if he is fit enough to re­turn.

Van­doorne was drafted in at late no­tice and trav­elled from Ja­pan where he was on Su­per For­mula test­ing duty.

The 24-year-old Bel­gian out­qual­i­fied Jen­son But­ton and fin­ished 10th, scor­ing Mclaren-honda’s first point of 2016.

“I can be very happy,” said Van­doorne. “I felt com­fort­able and didn’t make any mis­takes op­er­a­tionally, and to come away with a point is a bonus. I think I made the most of it and showed what I’m ca­pa­ble of.

“I see this as a one-off shot, and I’m grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.”

Van­doorne was Alonso’s stand in

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