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Stoffel Vandoorne unsure of what to expect ahead of first full F1 season

  • Published on 12 Dec 2016 16:45
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Stoffel Vandoorne has admitted that he doesn't know what to expect ahead of his first full season in Formula One.

The Belgian will line up along side Fernando Alonso at McLaren in 2017, having stood in for the Spaniard at this year's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Despite securing McLaren's first points of 2016 in his only F1 outing to date, the 2915 GP2 champion is keeping his expectations in check ahead of his first full campaign.

"It’s the first time I go into a season when I don’t really know what to expect because there’s so many things that you don’t really have in your own hands," he told F1i.

"Whereas in the junior formulas you know everybody has the same car and the only thing you really have to focus on is building the team around you, making sure the car suits you and then doing better than the rest, then you can win the championship.

"It’s the first time I go into a season without really knowing what to expect, so I’m just using on as usual trying to focus on every detail with the team. I’m making sure we’re not forgetting things, on my side I’m pushing hard on the simulator and making sure I make no mistakes, operationally do everything right and then we’ll have to wait and see what the results are."

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