Vandoorne grilled by fans on McLaren, Senna and Bathurst
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Vandoorne grilled by fans on McLaren, Senna and Bathurst

McLaren's not-quite-rookie opens up to the questions from F1 Racing magazine's readers about pancakes, cobbles, Ayrton Senna and his secret hankering to race at Bathurst...

Words: Stuart Codling

Midday in Mexico City and the baking-hot sun is radiating with squint-making ferocity - and yet some folk in the Formula 1 paddock, including our interviewee, are still wearing garb to ward off the morning chill. The proliferation of gilets - more, even, than you'd expect to see at the average Harlequins rugby match - makes for a peculiar juxtaposition with what would otherwise be a typically Mexican scene. The wind carries not a chill but the joyous waft of trumpet, violin and guitar, signalling the approach of a wandering mariachi band.

Stoffel Vandoorne greets us cheerily, alights upon a chair in the shade of the McLaren hospitality unit, and, barely pausing to examine the pile of question cards in front of him, picks up the whole deck.

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