Stoffel Vandoorne finished this afternoon’s British Grand Prix in 11th position – agonisingly close to his first points-scoring position of the season.
After starting eighth, Stoffel ran as high as seventh in the race before pitting for tyres. A delayed 4.02s pit-stop allowed Felipe Massa to pass him in the pits and effectively ended his hopes of scoring a point.
Fernando suffered another disappointing race. After starting 20th, he carved his way through the field to run as high as 13th in the opening laps. A fuel pressure problem ended his race just after half-distance.
Fastest lap 1m33.464s on lap 43 (+2.843s, 8th)
Pit-stops One: lap 26 (4.02s) [Option/Prime]
“It’s a shame to once again finish just outside the points – but there are plenty of positives to take away from this weekend.
“The pace we showed in the race today was very encouraging: to run as close as we did to both Force Indias and a Williams on a circuit like this is a real positive.
“Not everything went perfectly in the race – my pit-stop didn’t go too smoothly, so I came out side-by-side with Felipe and lost a position. That was a shame, because there was definitely a chance to finish ahead of him because our pace was very similar to his.
“So, unfortunately, no points – but today was very encouraging, and I’m sure our time will come.”