STOFFEL VANDOORNE CLOCKS 81 LAPS IN BAHRAIN

Stoffel Vandoorne is helping McLaren as they try to put the disappointments of last weekend behind them.


Vandoorne who was driving for the team in Bahrain on the second day of testing clocked 81 laps.

Vandoorne who was supposed to be starting the race on Sunday last weekend at the Sakhir circuit was plagued by technical problems with the team’s Honda engines.

Fernando Alonso, his fellow McLaren team mate was forced to pull out of the event shortly before it came to an end.

Alonso could not hide his disappointment at the lack of pace from his Honda engine throughout Sunday’s race before his retirement.

He is expected to head out for the Indianapolis 500 and is to be replaced by Jenson Button next month in Monaco.

On Tuesday, Oliver Turvey, McLaren’s test driver was only able to complete a handful of laps after a water leak made it impossible for him to continue.

Fortunately, the problem did not arise the next day (Wednesday) as Vandoorne was able to make use of valuable track time on a day when Valtteri Bottas, Bahrain pole setter set the fastest time.

Bottas, who drives for Mercedes had issues with his car in the morning session as the car stopped on the track. However, towards the end of the afternoon, he was able to finish 143 laps in total and came off with the best time in the event.

Sebastian Vettel, Sakhir circuit race winner was the second fastest after a late surge. However, some mechanical issues that plagued his Ferrari in the morning restricted him to just nine laps.

It did not end there as garage system failures in the afternoon made it quite impossible for the German driverto complete any more than 64 laps.

 

 

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