Formula One bids farewell to the European heartland and begins it’s far-eastern road trip in Singapore. Held at the stunning Marina Bay Circuit, it’s a race that takes its toll on mind, body, spirit – and machine. Battling high heat and humidity – and that was just cooking his Sunday roost, @F1StatMan takes a look at the Singapore GP Fast Facts.
And more than likely burnt the sprouts.
The is the tenth running of the Singapore Grand Prix as a round of the F1 World Championship. The race has been held every year since 2008.
Red Bull Racing are the most successful team in Singapore with three victories (2011-2013). Ferrari (2010, 2015) and Mercedes (2014, 2016) have two each, Renault (2008) and McLaren (2009) are the other winners.
Nico Rosberg won here last year on the occasion of his 200th grand prix start. The other three drivers to win the Singapore Grand Prix all have multiple victories— and each has won for more than one team. Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver in Singapore with four wins, comprising Red Bull’s 20117 2013 hat trick and victory for Ferrari in 2015. Fernando Alonso won for Renault in 2008 and Ferrari in 2010, and Lewis Hamilton won for McLaren in 2009 and Mercedes in 2014.
Vettel’s record at Marina Bay is phenomenal: he is the only driver to have scored in every Singapore Grand Prix, and has never finished lower than fifth.
Of the current field, the only other drivers to have stood on the podium in Singapore are Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. Raikkonen was third for Lotus in 2013 and for Ferrari in 2015. Ricciardo has been on the podium in each of his three previous seasons for Red Bull Racing: third in 2014, second in 2015 and 2016.
Given the low-speed. high-downforce nature of street circuits, performance in Monaco is often used as a barometer for performance in Singapore. The statistics do not bear this out. Only four times (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016) has the winning constructor in Monaco also won in Singapore. More surprisingly, Sebastian Vettel in 2011 is the only driver to have won Monaco and Singapore in the same season. Recent form is a much better indicator: Low speed Singapore has always followed ultra high speed, low, downforce Monza but five times in the last seven seasons the winning driver and constructor in Italy has gone to win the following race in Singapore (2010 Alonso/ Ferrari, 2011, 2013 Vettel/Red Bull, 2014 Hamilton/Mercedes, 2016 Rosberg/ Mercedes.)
Pole position is vital in Singapore. Seven on the nine races have been won from pole. It has however, proved possible to make up places on the Marina Bay Street Circuit: Vettel gained 17 positions last year, racing from 22nd to fifth, beating the record of Felipe Massa, who made 16 places in 2010, racing from 24th to eighth.
The last two races in Singapore have seen the drivers that lined up on the grid first, second and third finish in exactly the same positions.
GP3 has never raced in Singapore and GP2 stopped being a support race at Marina Bay after the 2013 season, thus this weekend represents a full Singapore debut for Stoffel Vandoorne. Lance Stroll is also a Marina Bay debutant. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, racing for Carlin, won the final GP2 feature race here in 2013.
- The track has been resurfaced around Turns 1 and 2. Resurfacing has also taken place on a 100m section after Turn 5, some areas between Turns 12 and 13 and a section around Turns 15, 16 and 17.
- The pit wall has been moved away from the garages by 275mm and the fast lane markings moved by the same amount to ensure cars in the fast lane are further from the working lane.
- Additional TecPro segments have been installed in parts of the barriers at Turns 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16 and 22.
- There will be two DRS zones in Singapore. The first detection point will be at the exit of Turn Four and the first activation point will be 48m after Turn Five. The second detection point will be 80m before the apex of Turn 22, and the activation point will be 45m after apex of Turn 23.