The Singapore Grand Prix may only be eight years old, but Formula 1’s only night race has firmly established itself as one of F1’s premier destinations. This year’s race takes place on September 16-18, 2016.
Main image above kindly supplied by Singapore GP.
The Marina Bay street circuit is laid out on public roads taking in some of the city’s most famous landmarks against a backdrop of the spectacular Singapore skyline. The event has strong financial support from the local government and the current contract to hold the race is in place through 2017. Singapore Airlines took over from SingTel as the title sponsor of the race in 2014. The circuit can accommodate in excess of 100,000 fans and the race is a regular sell-out, with an estimated 40,000 international tourists attending each year.
During the inaugural event in 2008, the track drew criticism from drivers who complained about the excessively bumpy surface and potentially dangerous pit entry and high curbs. Whilst these issues were resolved in subsequent years, the 2008 race is best remembered for Nelson Piquet Jr’s infamous ‘deliberate’ crash (see picture opposite) which helped his Renault teammate Fernando Alonso to a controversial victory.
Approximately 1600 custom-made floodlights are spread around the 5.075km Marina Bay circuit. The lights, four times brighter than at a regular sports stadium, are specially designed to minimize glare and surface reflection, and to meet F1’s TV broadcasting standards.
Did you know?
- Three drivers have shared the eight Singapore Grands Prix of the modern era. Sebastian Vettel won in 2011-2013 and 2015, Fernando Alonso won in 2008 and 2010, and Lewis Hamilton won in 2009 and 2014.
- Marina Bay has the second-longest lap time of current F1 circuits – only a lap of Spa Francorchamps takes longer.
- The safety car has made at least one appearance in all eight Singapore Grands Prix held to date (those concrete barriers are unforgiving)
- Spare a thought for the drivers, who endure sauna-like conditions in the cockpit during the Singapore Grand Prix and can lose up to 3kg of fluid during the race. The circuit, with its bumpy surface and 21 turns, is one of the most physically demanding races on the calendar.
These lights need to be strategically positioned to minimise glare, reflection from surfaces or spray from cars. They also have to meet standards for high-definition television broadcast. – See more at: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/blogs/ask/recreation/2685#sthash.Mv63AjZY.dpuf
Singapore Grand Prix Facts
|Circuit Name (type)||Marina Bay Street Circuit (temporary)|
|Race first held (number of races held)||2008 (8)|
|Number of turns||21|
|Race distance||61 laps (308.828 km)|
|Lap record||1:45.599, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), 2008|
|2015 result||1st Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 2:01:22.118|
|2nd Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) + 1.478s|
|3rd Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) + 17.154s|
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