Vandoorne was lucky to finish one place behind Alonso considering he was 20 seconds away....due to poor qualifying.
That's unfair to Stoffel and you know it.
I wasn't happy with him either but that was primarily because of his bad start. That bad start is the only reason he was 20+ seconds behind Alonso at the line. But that bad start was - apparently - not his fault (miscalculation from McLaren). After that, he recovered excellent, he couldn't have done better than P8.
I agree that his qualifying isn't superb and that he should show some progress this year, but let's not forget that he was only 1.5 tenth behind Fernando in Australia and 3 in Bahrain (half of last years gap). 3 Tenths is still too much for me, but it could've been totally different if Grosjean didn't made a mistake in Q1 (Alonso would've been out, Vandoorne not).
The big difference in points is obviously because of the first race where Alonso was just more lucky than Stoffel with that VSC. He would've been right behind him after the finish without that. You enforce your own luck with a good qualifying performance, so Stoffel should work on that, but just looking at gaps in time at the finish or in the standings is some seriously ridiculous scoreboard journalism.
Edited by Skalvand, 12 April 2018 - 23:03.