Cape Town - There is some good news for Stoffel Vandoorne with Zak Brown
saying he's done an "excellent job", McLaren just want him to beat
Fernando Alonso a bit more often.
Vandoorne has struggled to do that throughout this year's
championship leading to rumours that his place at McLaren is under threat.
According to the rumour mill, he could be replaced by Carlos
Sainz next season and may have to look to Sauber - or even outside F1 - for a
However, that could all depend on what Alonso does next,
which may be revealed some time on Tuesday.
There is, however, some positive news for the under-fire
Belgian racer with McLaren chief Brown saying he hasn't done a bad job this
season, he just needs to get the better of Alonso more often.
"I wouldn't say we're disappointed by Stoffel,"
said Brown. "You'd like to see him beating his team-mate more often than
"That's the same in any situation. You'd love to see
your team-mates split right down the middle in beating each other every
"He's not been able to do that on a regular basis but I
wouldn't say we're disappointed because last year we know we gave him a very
difficult situation and this year we've not given him a very good car to work
"Given Fernando's talent and experience he's able to
adapt to situations that aren't great.
"We all believe Stoffel's done an excellent job but we
would like to see him beat Fernando more often."