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Singapore Circuit layout & records

Singapore Circuit Details Lap Record Pole Record
Location: Singapore Lap Record: 1:48.574 min Record Pole: 1:44.014 min
Race: Singapore Grand Prix Date: 22 September 2013 Date: 27 September 2008
Used Since: 2008 F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel F1 Driver: Felipe Massa
Type: Street Cricuit F1 Car: Red Bull RB9 F1 Car: Ferrari F2008
 Lap Dist.: 5.065 km Speed: 167.941 km/h Speed: 175.580 km/h

 

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Singapore Biography

When Formula One rolled up in Marina Bay in 2008, few could imagine how that famous weekend would change the sport for good and start a new era.

The first ever night race was a spectacular event. Sport is said to be a better experience at night, as the artificial light theatrically illuminates every inch and detail.

There is something fresh and exciting about it. And Formula One turned glitz and glamour into an extravagant night-time party.

The atmosphere was more electric, and the racing appeared more dramatic. Formula One comes alive at night. Something stirs inside the drivers. The racing never comes across as dull.

Singapore Circuit layout & recordsTake the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix. An event that is regularly criticised for being tedious, produced arguably the best race of the season after the sun went down.

Bahrain joined Singapore and Abu Dhabi as night races. As the calendar expands so does the potential for nocturnal racing. We, the fans, want more and that is very important.

A backdrop of city skyscrapers is in vogue in Formula One, and it stems from the spectacular Marina Bay setting.

The 5km circuit isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it’s a unique challenge which Lewis Hamiltononce described as “twice as hard as Monaco”. In an age where modern circuits are boring, repetitive and simple to drive; Singapore has produced a track which challenges everyone.

For a street circuit, it is very wide but it has the bumpy and twisty features which are essential. Overtaking is possible but difficult.

Only the bravest and the best can make moves stick. Unlike the procession at Monaco, Singapore offers the potential of high-energy thrilling races.

Sebastian Vettel is the king of the bay, having won three years in a row. Singapore has often been the first of a series of races that favour the German, but he might find that harder now that the rules have changed and Red Bull are no longer dominant.

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In 2010, a gripping race saw Vettel chaseFernando Alonso all night, only to just fall short.

That encouraging race gave Vettel the confidence he needed to go on and win his first of four straight championships.

But Singapore has been the scene of negativity too. In the country’s first race,Renault fixed the event so that Fernando Alonso could win.

The Spaniard was unaware that his team-mate, Nelson Piquet Jnr, deliberately crashed so that a safety car would favour Alonso, who would go and win the race.

Alonso is, along with Vettel and Hamilton, one of just three drivers who have won around the twisty track. Although that could expand now that the new rules are in place.

The Singapore Grand Prix is a key fixture on the calendar, and will remain until at least 2017. However, the legacy is has created will remain for much longer.

 

The Singapore circuit is also called Marina Bay street circuit and is drawn in the heart of down town Singapore for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Marina Bay circuit: Three turns in detail

Singapore Circuit layout & records

Vergne & Sutil going into turn 3

Turn 3
The Marina Bay circuit has 23 corners, of which 10 are taken in second or first, 7 in third and only 1 in fourth gear. Corner 3 is a good example of a ‘typical’ Singapore corner. The driver brakes down from around 290kph at the end of the pit straight, shifting down the gears before a quick blip of the throttle for turn 2. He then brakes even further, shifting down to second gear for turn 3. The speed at this point will be under 100kph and the engine will be working at around 13,000rpm, the lower end of the rev range. Engineers will work on the overrun settings to give increased rear stability under braking. They will also look at using shorter gear ratios to maximise acceleration for the short bursts of power between the corners.

Singapore Circuit layout & records

Circuit overview with turn 7 (left)

Turns 5 – 7
Singapore circuit only has two short straights: the pit straight and then the curved straight between turns five and seven, which shoots down Raffles Boulevard with its luxury hotels and boutiques. This short straight – only 700m – will see the driver engage al the way into seventh gear and touch the 300kph mark, giving the engine a chance to breathe. With the ambient temperatures generally above 30°C and very high humidity, even at night, it’s a welcome opportunity, particularly as after turn 7 the track goes into a series of low speed, low rev right angled corners for the remainder of the lap.

Singapore Circuit layout & records

Maldonado’s Williams exits turn 16

Turn 15 – 17
This sequence starts in Raffles Avenue, one of the city’s busiest urban thoroughfares. As a result the surface is quite bumpy and the car may become unstable, particularly under braking for turn 16, a sharp right-hander. Similar to Monaco, the drivers will try to avoid the biggest bumps, which cause the cars to lift momentarily. With no load running through the engine, the engine suddenly accelerates and hits the rev limiter, causing a loss of time and potential damage to the engine. Engineers will therefore pay particular attention to the shift light pattern and even encourage the driver to shift early to avoid hitting the rev limit too often.

Previous F1 GP Winners on Singapore Circuit
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 Singapore F1 GP result 21 September 1 Singapore Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Singapore Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
3 Singapore Circuit layout & records Daniel Ricciardo
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Singapore Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2013 2013 Singapore F1 GP result 22 September 1 Singapore Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Singapore Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Singapore Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Singapore Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Singapore Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2012 2012 Singapore Grand Prix result 23 September 1 Singapore Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Singapore Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
3 Singapore Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
Singapore Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Singapore Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2011 2011 Singapore Grand Prix result 25 September 1 Singapore Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Singapore Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
3 Singapore Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
Singapore Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Singapore Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2010 2010 Singapore Grand Prix result 26 September 1 Singapore Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Singapore Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
3 Singapore Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
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Singapore Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2009 2009 Singapore Grand Prix result 27 September 1 Singapore Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Singapore Circuit layout & records Timo Glock
3 Singapore Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
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2008 2008 Singapore Grand Prix result 28 September 1 Singapore Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Singapore Circuit layout & records Nico Rosberg
3 Singapore Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
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