Connect with us

2018 F1

Ball in McLaren court after Honda exit – Vandoorne

Published

on

  • 41
    Shares

Stoffel Vandoorne says the ball is now in McLaren’s court after the British team dropped Honda at the end of last year.

In 2018, the team will use identical engines to race winner Red Bull and the Renault works team.

“Red Bull proved last year that you can win with a Renault engine,” Vandoorne told the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.

“So you could say that the ball is in our court now that Honda is no longer here,” he added.

However, 25-year-old Vandoorne said he is confident.

“The atmosphere is excellent and there is a much more direct contact with the Renault people than there ever was with Honda,” he said.

“There are now far fewer problems that we have to deal with and therefore lose time and energy on.”

The downside is that while McLaren insisted its 2017 chassis was good, engineers had to work hard over the winter to accommodate the very different Renault power unit.

But Vandoorne insisted: “The guys tell me that they had time to do everything that was needed. And as far as those adjustments are concerned, it was quite easy.

“You can safely say that the new car is a development of the chassis that we had already, which was excellent. So I do not think we have a disadvantage compared to the other teams that did not change their engine.”

He is therefore confident that, after McLaren’s three very bad years, better times are finally on the horizon.

“In principle we should do well, because our weakness is gone,” said Vandoorne.

“But this is formula one and only the stopwatch will tell. At least we will have the advantage that we can really test this time in Barcelona, in contrast to last year when we were constantly in the garage.”

As for reports cold and wet conditions could be descending on Barcelona, he smiled: “I do not want to think about that. The vibe in the garage is very positive.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F117 hours ago

F1 champs Rosberg, Button to be TV pundits in 2019 season

41SharesTwo former world champions will regularly be in the F1 paddock in 2019. Nico Rosberg has been signed up to...

2019 F119 hours ago

Ferrari advantage ‘at least’ 5 tenths – Tost

41SharesMere days into 2019 winter testing, it appears that Ferrari has a clear advantage. With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc...

2019 F120 hours ago

Barcelona F1 Test 1 Results – Day 3 Full Results

41SharesDaniil Kvyat goes fastest for Toro Rosso ahead of morning pace setter Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. Williams car finally...

2019 F11 day ago

Barcelona F1 Test 1 Results – Day 3 First Half

41SharesKimi Raikkonen sets fastest time for Alfa Romeo Racing ahead of launch break in the third day of testing ;...

2019 F12 days ago

Barcelona F1 Test 1 Results – Day 2 Full Results

41SharesCharles Leclerc keeps Ferrari’s early domination on 2019’s F1 Testing timesheet by setting another fastest; lap-time in at Day Two....

2019 F12 days ago

Barcelona F1 Test 1 Results – Day 2 1PM

41SharesFerrari youngster Charles Leclerc setting pace on Day Two ahead of launch break. Toro Rosso driver Albon crashes in opening...

2019 F12 days ago

2019 Williams car not yet in Barcelona

41SharesWilliams’ 2019 car is not yet in Barcelona. Dead last in 2018, hopes were high that the once-great British team...

2019 F12 days ago

Drivers still unsure 2019 rule changes will work

41SharesF1 drivers remain unconvinced the aerodynamic regulations for 2019 will make overtaking any easier. The biggest change for this year...

2019 F12 days ago

Binotto number 1 comments surprised Wolff

41SharesToto Wolff has admitted he was surprised to hear Ferrari reassure Sebastian Vettel about his ‘number 1′ status. After a...

2019 F12 days ago

Binotto as boss no revolution – Vettel

41SharesSebastian Vettel insists there has been no “revolution” at Ferrari over the winter. On paper, it has been all change...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media