Cape Town - Dropped by McLaren are two disappointing seasons with the
team, Stoffel Vandoorne is hoping that a "fresh start" will see him
return to form.
Vandoorne, once billed as a future Formula 1 World Champion,
could leave the sport at the end of this season after losing his McLaren drive.
Although the Belgian racer has been linked to Sauber while
his team boss Zak Brown reckons Toro Rosso should snap him up, as yet nothing
has been confirmed.
He, however, is refusing to let the situation get him down acknowledging
that a change may do him good just as it did Kevin Magnussen when he was
dropped by McLaren.
"Kevin has been through this situation and I think he
really benefited from a fresh start. I feel a little bit the same, to be
honest," he said.
"It’s been two difficult years and not having had the
tools to really fight for anything.
"So I’m trying to make the most out of what is left
this season and then actually looking forward to a fresh start."
While the Belgian racer has struggled to live up Alonso's
standards, scoring just eight points this season, his arrival at McLaren
coincided with the team's worst showing in recent times.
Swapping from Honda at the end of 2017 to Renault this season,
McLaren had hoped to set the stage alight only to acknowledge that part of the
problem is their car, not the engine.
Vandoorne added: "I think I’ve been at McLaren for
probably the two most difficult or worst years of the history of McLaren.
"So there’s not really much more I can say about that.
It’s a shame it didn’t work out.
"This is the way it is sometimes. It’s a shame I didn’t
get better opportunities."