Singapore F1 stats and info
Last year’s Grand Prix in Singapore proved to be chaotic from the start. Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen along with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crashed on the opening lap. Will this year prove to be better than 2017?
It’s been a drama-filled season this year, with Mercedes getting the upper hand on title rivals Ferrari in Monza. Lewis Hamilton claimed victory on Ferrari’s turf. The Brit now holds a 30-point championship lead over Sebastian Vettel, a much-needed motivation heading to Singapore and a track where Ferrari – and Red Bull – are expected to be strong.
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
The 5.063km Marina Bay Street Circuit is one of the most physically demanding on the calendar, its bumpy street surface coupled with humid conditions giving the drivers plenty to think about.
Dry – the humidity of Singapore makes for a challenging race. Highs of 31 degrees Celsius are expected on Saturday and Sunday, slightly cooler than it will be on Friday.
“It’s humid, it’s hot and it’s always a long race,” said the Haas F1 team’s French driver Romain Grosjean ahead of last year’s race.
“We usually reach the two-hour limit. It’s very, very demanding. I remember back in 2013, I lost four kilos of water during the race, which is quite a lot.” Dehydration inevitably sets in and as the body tires, mental fatigue sets in. All this around a venue that demands elevated levels of concentration.
2018 Predicted Winner
Things are shaping up to be a battle between Hamilton and Vettel for the 2018 title this weekend.
2017 Winner: Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes
2016 Winner: Nico Rosberg for the Silver Arrows
Singapore F1 Odds
The Latest Stats
According to Formula1.com:
- Lewis Hamilton leads the championship by the largest margin for any driver in the 2018 season (30 points), a margin 10 times greater than he had with 7 races remaining last season (3 points)
- His Mercedes squad were the last team to lock out the front row at Singapore (2014), but twice in the last three seasons they’ve only lined up 5th and 6th on the grid (2015, 2017)
- Sebastian Vettel is the record holder for most Singapore GP wins and poles (4 each) and has led the most laps in Marina Bay history (221). Vettel led the Singapore GP from start-to-finish in 2011, 2013 and 2015, with the 2013 race being a grand slam victory (led every lap from pole with fastest lap).
- Daniel Ricciardo has finished on the podium at Singapore in all four of his previous visits with Red Bull – the only circuit on which he has achieved this – although he has never won at Marina Bay and he’s only ever led one lap here (in 2014).
- This is the only circuit on which Sergio Perez has scored in all seven previous visits in his F1 career, with fifth last year being his best-ever finish in Singapore – and he has never been beaten by a team mate in a Singapore F1 race since joining Force India in 2014.
- Pole position is vitally important here. In the last nine Singapore GPs the pole-sitter has won seven times, with the exceptions being 2012, when Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren broke down while he was leading the race from pole, and 2017, when Sebastian Vettel was hit within 150 metres of the start.
Changes to Singapore Formula 1 track
The length of the Singapore Grand Prix track has been reduced by two metres as the result of tweaks made to two of the Marina Bay Formula 1 circuit’s corners.
Turns 16 and 17 – the right and left flick where Nelson Piquet Jr infamously deliberately crashed on the exit in 2008 after orders from his Renault team to trigger a safety car to help team-mate Fernando Alonso’s strategy – have been realigned for this weekend’s race.
The changes mean that the official length of the circuit has dropped from 5.065km to 5.063km (3.146 miles). The race distance is now 308.706km (191 miles).
As well as the minor change to Turns 16/17, the Marina Bay circuit has been resurfaced in several parts.
New asphalt has been laid down around Turn 1, between Turns 5 and 7, Turns 15 and 17, and around Turn 23.