Van­doorne ends points drought

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE -

Stof­fel Van­doorne ended a 14-race points drought stretch­ing back to April’s Azer­bai­jan Grand Prix with an out­stand­ing drive to eighth place. The Mclaren driver was just 0.109 sec­onds be­hind team-mate Fer­nando Alonso in qual­i­fy­ing – al­beit he fell in Q1 while the Spa­niard ad­vanced to Q2 – and ran 19th af­ter slip­ping back dur­ing the first se­quence of cor­ners. Af­ter stop­ping to switch to su­per­softs at the end of lap 12, Van­doorne ran to the fin­ish and climbed to eighth place, sand­wiched be­tween the Saubers of Charles Le­clerc and Mar­cus Eric­s­son. Race en­gi­neer Tom Stal­lard took to Twit­ter af­ter the race to praise Van­doorne’s per­for­mance, show­ing a pic­ture of the state of his driver’s front-left Pirelli af­ter a marathon stint. “On the in­side of the front-left tyre it looks smooth be­cause the grip rub­ber is com­pletely worn away,”said Stal­lard.“so im­pres­sive to drive tyres like this with no mis­takes.” Van­doorne ad­mit­ted that his first lap did compromise his race. But just as in Bahrain, where he dropped to the back and re­cov­ered to also fin­ish eighth, from there he drove su­perbly. “I am very happy with the per­for­mance af­ter lap one,”he said.“we were last and had to make a great re­cov­ery. Su­per­happy with how ev­ery­thing went. “We had some good over­takes on track, we made the tyres last in the cru­cial mo­ments, we at­tacked when we had to at­tack.”

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