Qualifying ahead of his teammate Jenson Button on his Formula 1 debut, McLaren-Honda driver Stoffel Vandoorne was delighted with his performance ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix tomorrow.
Replacing injured Fernando Alonso, Vandoorne impressed on during qualifying after his disruptive practice session three because of an oil leak in his garage and added that he felt very comfortable in the car since then.
"I'm quite happy at the moment," said the 24-year-old Belgian who qualified 12th.
"Since practice I felt very confident in the car, straightway I knew I could match Jenson's lap times.
"[But it's] always tricky to know [where you will be] after practice as you've got to put everything together more or less – we maximised everything today."
However, in contrast mood was Button, qualified in 14th position, and admitted that improvements need to be made before tomorrow’s race at the Bahrain International Circuit.
"[There's] definitely more to come from the full package," he explained. "In Q1 the car was working well, I felt I could push it.
"But we had a bit of understeer, [so put in a] tiny bit of front wing, then the opposite with oversteer, not something I like, which wasn't great, so I'm not very happy with that."