Stoffel Vandoorne finished seventh and brought home six valuable world championship points for McLaren Honda at the end of a long and chaotic Singapore Grand Prix.

The race was started in rainy conditions, which contributed to a Turn One accident that left a fast-starting Fernando Alonso with significant damage to his car. Despite soldiering on for a couple of laps, the car was too badly damaged to continue and Fernando was forced to retire.

Stoffel took avoiding action to miss the first-lap crash, but was able to consolidate his position inside the top 10. He always looked competitive on-track whether running in the wet or dry, and was set to challenge for the top six until being delayed during a slow pit-stop on lap 27.

Seventh was a solid reward for both his and the team’s efforts all weekend.

Stoffel Vandoorne

#SV2  MCL32-03


Started 9th

Finished 7th

Fastest lap 1m46.722s on lap 57 (+1.714s, 6th)

Pit-stops Two: laps 12 (3.261s) and 27 (9.306s) [Full Wet/Intermediate/Option]


“That was definitely an eventful race!

“To race under the rain at the beginning was definitely not easy, so my main focus was just to stay out of trouble, which we managed to do. From that point on, I just managed my own race.

“I think seventh place was really the best it was going to get for me today. Sixth was perhaps on the cards at one point, but it didn’t work out at my second pit-stop. After that, i just focused on getting everything I could from the car and maximising the performance.

“Getting a couple of points means we finish our weekend on a high.”