Cape Town - After a year of criticism that has ultimately led to his F1
axing, Stoffel Vandoorne says people in F1 don't notice "really good
drives", they only see points.
Vandoorne raced his way to eighth place in Sunday's Mexican
Grand Prix, taking his points' tally to 12 as he matched his best result from
earlier in this season.
It was an impressive showing given how worn the Belgian
racer's tyres were.
McLaren race engineer Tom Stallard took to Twitter to praise
the driver, saying: "On the inside of the front left tyre it looks smooth
because the grip rubber is completely worn away. So impressive to drive tyres
like this with no mistakes."
But while Vandoorne was happy with the points, he reckons no
one pays any attention to good drives unless they end with a top-ten showing.
"I think there have been some really good races a
couple of races ago as well, but everybody notices because we are rewarded with
points," he told Autosport.
"I am very happy with the performance after lap one. We
were last and we had to make a great recovery.
"[I'm] super happy 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."
Vandoorne is off to Formula E next season and hopes to have
an enjoyable end to his F1 career with good results in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
"It's a great result for myself, but it's also a great
result for the team," he said.
"It's important for us for the Constructor's
Championship. Now I'm going to enjoy the last couple of races."