McLaren-Honda’s latest edition, Stoffel Vandoorne, has admitted that it will be difficult for the team to claim a victory in 2017, despite their promising improvements in 2016.
The Woking-based outfit have not been on the podium since their merge with Honda in 2015 and are desperate to get back into the winner’s conversation, but their Belgian driver reckons a Grand Prix win might be too far.
“It’s hard to say,” he told Belgian paper La Derniere Heure.
“It’s too early to judge.
“In any case, McLaren is improving. The last two seasons were not easy for Honda, but we made a significant step forward and we hope that positive trend will continue.
“I hope the car will be competitive and we will fight for the top positions.”
Vandoorne, though, doesn’t think finishing in the top ten is an achievement and wants McLaren-Honda to finish higher up the grid.
“No, finishing in the top ten is not the goal. I want to win!” he added.
“But we don’t know if we can win races already. Probably this year it won’t be the case, but I’m still going to try.
“McLaren has good prospects for the future and I’m in the right place. I believe in the team.”