McLaren Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne is confident that the team's current struggles are not damaging his career despite enduring a point-less start to the 2017 season.

Vandoorne scored a point for McLaren during a surprise debut in Bahrain last year, standing in for the injured Fernando Alonso.

The 2015 GP2 champion was handed a permanent seat for 2017 after Jenson Button stepped back, embarking on his first full season in Australia.

Numerous issues with the Honda power unit have left McLaren on the back foot in 2017, with Vandoorne and team-mate Fernando Alonso suffering from a lack of both performance and reliability.

Despite spending much of the season so far either on the sidelines or running outside of the points, Vandoorne is confident that the team's current struggles are not harming his career.

"I don't think my career has been damaged by what's happening here," Vandoorne said. "In the past, I've been used to fighting for victories and championships, no matter in what series I was."

With the situation different to the one that Vandoorne has experienced so far in his career, the Belgian believes it is helping him to push the team in other ways and grow as a driver.

"Maybe it's a different scenario this year, because we're not in a position to fight for victories or the championship," Vandoorne said. "That makes you think differently and work differently with the team and paying attention to details, pushing the team in different areas.

"But obviously that's not a position you want to be in, as a driver. You want to be fighting for victories, for the best positions, so, hopefully there will be improvements soon and we'll be in a position to do that."

Vandoorne recorded his second classified finish of the season last weekend in Russia, finishing 14th, one lap down on race winner Valtteri Bottas.

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