Cape Town - Stoffel Vandoorne's DNF in the Hungarian GP could not have
come at a worse time as the Belgian racer fights for his Formula 1 future.
Vandoorne put in a good drive on Sunday as he ran a long
first stint on the soft tyres to work his way up from 15th on the grid to
eighth place on the track.
Racing towards what would have been only his fourth top-ten
result of this campaign, he was forced to park his MCL33 on the side of the
track with a gearbox problem.
And it couldn't have come at a worse time.
According to F1's silly season rumours, Vandoorne is set to
lose his McLaren race-seat at the end of this season, replaced by Renault's
As for where he could land, he has been linked to a move to
the Alfa Romeo Sauber team.
The 26-year-old says he is refusing to pay any attention to
"It's F1 and there are always rumours," he told La
"I try to do my best and this weekend I am satisfied. I
did a very good performance."
He added: "Now I'm going to take a little vacation,
empty my head and get back in shape for the Belgian Grand Prix where I'm going
will have many friends, family to support me."