Cape Town - Stoffel Vandoorne has said he is "pretty sure"
that he has done enough to warrant a contract extension with McLaren for the
McLaren's continued issues with their car have been very
well-documented, but Vas also struggled to impress this season and
has remained firmly in Fernando Alonso's shadow.
Vandoorne has failed to out-qualify Alonso in every grand
prix weekend so far in the 2018 campaign and has not scored a single point
since round four in Baku.
His below-par performances has led to speculation over his
future at McLaren, especially with rising star Lando Norris waiting in the
wings, but the Belgian feels as if he has still done enough in difficult circumstances
to continue with the Woking team.
"I'm pretty sure," Vandoorne said ahead of the
German Grand Prix weekend.
"For sure it’s not been a year and a half I was hoping
to have in Formula 1. Ultimately we’ve been struggling a lot in terms of the
"We’ve had both years a car that struggled to fight for
points let’s say.
"It’s not always easy to show the right things in those
circumstances. But that’s the situation we’re in."
McLaren have options to extend the contracts of both Alonso
and Vandoorne, with talks over their respective futures set to take place over
the summer break.