Stoffel Vandoorne, riding in his McLaren, finished 20th in the first free practice session on Friday morning in Singapore, the 15th Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season. Belgian, who leaves his team at the end of this season, signed a time of 1: 45.160, far from the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), the fastest in 1: 39.711.
Ricciardo beat his Dutch teammate Max Verstappen (1: 39.912) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) of Germany, with a time of 1: 39.997. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) of Great Britain, leader of the World Championship, was 6th in 1: 41.232.
Vandoorne, who will be replaced next season by Brit Lando Norris in McLaren, was more than a second slower than the Russian Sergey Sirtokin, the 19th and penultimate in 1: 44.036 on his Williams. De Kortrijk, who made 11 laps, the smallest number of drivers, saw his Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso in 14th place in 1: 42.630.
A second free practice session takes place in the afternoon, before the third and qualifying on Saturday. The race, won in 2017 by Hamilton, will be played on Sunday-evening.