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Vandoorne at a loss over 'strange' McLaren behaviour since being dropped

Written by  Sep 13, 2018

Stoffel Vandoorne admits he has been left somewhat confused by what he called the "strange" behaviour of McLaren since they dropped him.

The Belgian, who has struggled for results since stepping up at the start of 2017, will be replaced by Lando Norris next season as part of an all-new line-up alongside Carlos Sainz.

However, speaking about the news which was broken the day after the Italian GP, Stoffel claims he has been left with more questions than answers.

“Obviously it was a team’s decision, and I have to respect the decision, but there hasn’t been a clear explanation why,” Vandoorne said in Singapore.

“I think that’s a question for them to see their exact strategy for the future. It would be nice to know but I think there’s not much to explain.”

The 26-year-old admits he has had some casual conversations with other teams and is considering other series, however, what has been more perplexing the former GP2 champion is an effort by CEO Zak Brown to get him in at Toro Rosso.

"I think it’s a bit strange to see that coming when, you know… they’ve let me go!" Vandoorne smiled.

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The American boss also indicated Vandoorne could stay within the McLaren family, perhaps hinting at an IndyCar seat, but the man himself isn't resting on any laurels.

“I don’t think they have a clear view themselves what exactly they will do and how much they will be involved in an eventual IndyCar programme, if they will do the whole championship [or not]," he said.

“I think until the team has decided exactly what they want to do, it’s hard to make a decision or see an opportunity.”

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