Although Stoffel Vandoorne was left to rue his DNF in Hungary, he says it was at least a good sign that “everything is back to normal” for the Belgian racer.
After a few weeks of disappointment, Vandoorne was given a different chassis ahead of the Hungaroring race.
While McLaren could not find an issue with the previous one, Vandoorne was adamant that something was wrong from the very moment he raced it at Silverstone.
The change paid dividends in Hungary as the McLaren was running inside the points before a gearbox problem put him out of the race.
“This weekend was a good sign that everything is back to normal,” Vandoorne said.
“From a personal side it felt good. We showed the pace was back to where it’s been [in the past].
“It’s very disappointing to finish the race like that. We had a superb start. We were a bit further down the grid than we wanted, but we had a good opening lap, got ourselves into the points.
“We had really good tyre management, very good pace when it counted. We managed to go long and do the overcut. We managed to jump a lot of cars during the pit window. A great strategy from the team.
“On a personal note, I can be happy. It’s just a shame we couldn’t finish it off with double points scoring. It definitely hurts not to finish with points.”