Singapore Grand Prix – McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne says he’s viewing the Singapore weekend as one of the last opportunities he has to show what he can do.
With McLaren confirming last week that Vandoorne will be dropped from the team at the end of the current season, the Belgian driver is currently without a race seat for next year. With just seven races remaining on the calendar, Vandoorne says he’s doing his best to rectify the situation: “Although I’m very much looking to the future since I confirmed I won’t be racing for McLaren next season, I’m also 100 per cent determined to give everything for the remaining grands prix this season. Both the team and I are pushing very hard to get the best results we can with what we have, and it’s certainly not over yet. “
There are only a handful of spots left on the grid, with his best shot possibly being with Toro Rosso – as the Red Bull young driver program currently doesn’t have any young drivers lined up to fill the void left by the promoted Pierre Gasly. With Brendon Hartley also struggling to impress, there are currently two vacant seats at the team.
Heading to Singapore, Vandoorne does have strong form here, having finished P7 in last year’s McLaren:
“Last year was my first experience of racing in Singapore and I really enjoyed it. In fact, it was there and in Malaysia that I scored my best result yet in Formula 1, in seventh place. It’s a track that definitely suits the strengths of our package more than others, so I’m hopeful of a more positive weekend where we can show improved pace and take the fight to our competitors. “
“Racing at Singapore was an incredible experience last year and I’m really looking forward to doing it again. Going through the whole weekend on European time is one of the coolest things about this race and it’s a totally unique experience that we don’t get anywhere else we travel to on the calendar. Let’s hope we can have a positive weekend for the fans.”