Stoffel Vandoorne says he believes he given McLaren a clear vision of what he could be capable of in Formula 1 if he was given the full-time chance after scoring points on his F1 debut in Bahrain.
The reigning GP2 champion was given his much anticipated maiden F1 chance after Fernando Alonso was ruled out on the eve of the event, Vandoorne stepping in despite having never driven the McLaren-Honda MP4-31.
Despite the lack of mileage, hampered further by a time-sapping oil leak in FP3, Vandoorne proceeded to out-qualify Jenson Button and keep himself out of trouble to score McLaren's first point of the season in tenth position.
Indeed, with Vandoorne keen to play it safe and ensure he made it to the finish, he feels he has shown what he could be capable of with more time in the car.
“It's difficult to say what is next, I think I've had a great chance this weekend to show what I am capable of. I've already shown my abilities in other championships but I think this weekend was the big test to just come in without any testing and to just do a good job is never an easy task and I think I can just be happy with what I did.”
With Alonso staying for the race, Vandoorne says he was coached through the weekend by the two-time world champion.
“Fernando's been around all weekend to assist the team and push them in the right direction as well. He has been at all the briefings trying to help with strategy and all other kinds of stuff, yeah he's been a real help for us.”
With Alonso contracted to McLaren for 2017, Button – currently on a one year extension - will be the driver under pressure to retain his place in the team should Vandoorne be primed for a promotion.