Trying to match Fernando Alonso is a difficult task, one that proved too tough for Stoffel Vandoorne and it cost him his race seat. A reasonable 2017 opened the door for a breakout season in 2018 but second year syndrome struck as he went backwards rather than forwards.
Whilst Alonso was dragging the car to points early in the season, Vandoorne was trying his best to follow him. 3 points scores in his first four races was partially encouraging but he'd score just once more in the season, albeit a fantastic drive in Mexico to P8.
Scoring one point fewer than 2017 demonstrated a bad season for the Belgian, especially with Alonso scoring 33 more than the previous year. He now takes his skills to Formula E as part of the Mercedes family where he'll be looking to recapture his form.