Vandoorne pleased to extend title advantage
28 July 2015 – McLaren protégé Stoffel Vandoorne says he was pleased to extend his GP2 championship advantage in Hungary, despite being unable to take pole position or either race victory for a second successive weekend.
Vandoorne missed out on pole to Alex Lynn by 0.019s and came home fifth in the Feature Race due to a time penalty for an unsafe release in the pits, which demoted him from third place on the road.
Vandoorne followed home ART team-mate Nobuharu Matsushita in the Sprint Race to collect second place and increase his lead in the standings to 85 points over nearest challenger Rio Haryanto.
"No win and no pole position, but this weekend was still good for me," said Vandoorne.
"First of all, it's really great to have a 1-2 as it underlines the team effort and it's good to go into the summer break with such a fantastic result for ART.
"Second, we made some mistakes in qualifying and in the Feature Race but we recovered well on Sunday and it shows the mental strength of the team and their drivers."
Vandoorne is hopeful of returning to winning ways in front of his home fans at the next round in Belgium.
"It could have been better for me and I always want pole position and wins, but all things considered and if you take a look at the championship, it's a good weekend," he explained.
"We have to keep scoring big points, especially in Spa where my aim will be to win in front of my home crowd."