Vandoorne takes a high dose of concentration to Canada


Stoffel Vandoorne heads to Montreal for a busy weekend and one which will require a sharp skill-set on a track which, like Monaco, doesn't offer much breathing space.

The Belgian had a troubled weekend in Monte-Carlo, and was caught out twice by the Principality's hazards. Canada must be a clean race for the Belgian who is in need of a tangible performance.

"Monaco was definitely an eventful weekend for the whole team," admits the McLaren driver.

"I felt really comfortable in the car each time I got out on track, and I felt we could really push the limits of our package and maybe come home in the points – it’s a shame it didn’t end up that way."

The good news however is that McLaren's MCL32 chassis has responded perfectly to recent aero updates although its Honda power unit is still pinning it down.

"There has definitely been a step forward in the chassis thanks to the upgrades the team has been working hard to bring to every race, so let’s see how these translate to Canada, which is a very different circuit set-up.

"It’s a new venue for me this weekend as I’ve never raced there before, but I’ve driven the track plenty of times in the simulator already.

"It’s a tough circuit and I can see why people say it’s a ‘driver’s track’ – there’s a lot to keep you busy and high concentration is essential – the Wall of Champions is proof of that!

"It will definitely be a completely different experience to Monaco in terms of preparation and set-up, but I’m excited to drive it for real for the first time and get a feel for its characteristics."


The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with its long weeps and chicanes, is all about power and brakes, with strategy also at the forefront of teams' playbook.

"The race will be tough on brakes, tough on engines and tough on the drivers, and with the potential of Safety Cars in the mix, there’s a lot to think about in terms of strategy and set-up this weekend.

"It will be good to have Fernando back alongside me, and he has a lot of experience at this track that will be useful to tap in to.

"It won’t be the easiest grand prix for us, but, in contrast to Monaco, there are more overtaking opportunities, which will hopefully mean more chances for us to be in the mix."


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