Name :Marina Bay Street Circuit
No. of Races :9
First Race :Sep 28, 2008
Last Race :Sep 18, 2016
Being F1's most prominent night race, the Singapore Grand Prix has a completely different ambience to other races. The start time forces the Formula One paddock to live a nocturnal lifestyle for the weekend, starting work in the afternoon and finishing in the early hours of the following morning.
Visibility is only made possible by the 1,500 halogen lamps that line one side of the circuit, providing the drivers with a light reading of 3,000 lux. Some even wear tinted visors to reduce the glare.
The track is unusually wide for a street circuit, resulting in a couple of genuine overtaking places. It's worth noting that this is the longest Grand Prix of the year; the race comes in close to the two-hour time limit, which, when combined with the heat and humidity of the Tropics, makes this one of the most gruelling races of the year.
The street circuit weaves through the Marina Bay area of the city in an anti-clockwise direction. Similar to Monaco in its layout, the lap is dominated by slow speed corners and has only a handful of higher speed connecting stretches.
Over and above the clear demands provided by a night race, Singapore's creative layout brings its own challenge in that four-fifths of the track take in the city's streets, while the rest has been built specifically for the Grand Prix. The combination of cambers and bumps characteristic of a street track and the smooth asphalt of a designated racing circuit can therefore complicate set-up direction over the weekend.
- FIA race director and safety delegate Charlie Whiting got few kerbs at the Marina Bay circuit modified during the race weekend as a reply to driver's feedback.
- On the same grounds, pit entry was altered too before Saturday’s qualifying session.
- The Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted F1’s 800th race.
- Fernando Alonso's victory in 2008 was marred in controversy when it emerged that teammate Nelson Piquet Jr crashed his Renault deliberately to give the Spaniard a key advantage.
It has a good chance of challenging Monaco for being the jewel in the crown of Formula One. That is the most accurate thing to say. They have great weather, a very good track and the grandstands packed. I think there is a lot of enthusiasm out there.
- Sir Frank Williams