Sensation Vandoorne cool over future chances
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.”