Vandoorne: Don’t compare me to Hamilton


Ahead of his first full season in Formula 1, incoming McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne doesn’t want to be compared to triple World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Having already earned his first point in the sport, the young Belgian stood in for an injured Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year and got McLaren’s first top ten finish of 2016.

Apart from being compared to Hamilton, Vandoorne doesn’t want to be compared to anyone, saying he wants to establish his own presence on the track but understands it will not be easy.

“I do not want to be Hamilton,” he told La Gazzetta.

“I want to be Vandoorne and I’ll give my maximum. I do not expect anything from the relationship between Fernando and I.

“I didn’t exactly get advice from Fernando and (Jenson) Button until now, but I was always close to them at the circuit, watching and trying to learn. But I have my own style.”

The 24-year-old also distanced himself from any comparisons made between he and prodigy Max Verstappen, saying they have endured very different racing journeys so far.

“Max and I came to F1 on very different paths. I started racing a little late, did not have much money and didn’t know what categories to do,” he explained.

“Max did everything much faster. I lack experience in Grands Prix, but I’m more than ready.”