Preview – Singapore Grand Prix

Features

Round fourteen of the season sees Formula One return to South East Asia and the streets of Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix. Singapore joined the calendar in 2008, becoming the sports first night race, all of the sessions apart from practice one, which begins at sunset takes place under the cover of darkness.

The street circuit through up drama and excitement as drivers push themselves against the heat and the narrow winding streets. Overtaking in Singapore is possible, but like with many street circuits can be difficult. The race takes place against the backdrop of the cities famous back drop.

The first Grand Prix took place at Thomson Road as the Malaysian Grand Prix in 1962, but after gaining independence the race became the Singapore Grand Prix, which ran until 1972. These races were not part of the world championship until 2008. That 2008 has become famous as Fernando Alonso took the win, after team-mate Nelson Piquet, Jr. spun out and crashed on lap 14, bringing out the safety car after being asked by the team to crash deliberate, to give an advantage to Alonso.

This year’s race will play to the hands of Ferrari, as it is a low-speed circuit and despite the dominance of Mercedes they have previously struggled here since the introduction of the hybrid power units.

Facts and figures

 

Race 2017 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Venue Marina Bay Street Circuit, Marina Bay, Singapore
Circuit Length 5.061km (3.148 mi)
Laps 61
Race Distance 308.828km (192.058 mi)
Lap Record 1:50.041 (Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull-Renault, 2015)
Most wins drivers Sebastian Vettel (4)
Most wins manufacture Ferrari (3)

Red Bull (3)

Event timetable

  Local BST
Friday
P1 16:30-18:00 09:30-11:00
P2 21:30-23:00 13:30-15:00
Saturday
P3 18:00-19:00 11:00-12:00
Qualifying  21:00-22:00 14:00-15:00
Sunday
Race 20:00 13:00

What happened in 2016?

Mercedes Nico Rosberg held off Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to take the lead of the championship from team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton himself was under pressure from the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, that caused him to change from a two to a three stop race. The race started in dramatic style after Nico Hulkenberg got hit spinning him into the pit wall losing his rear tyre bringing out the safety car.

After starting from the back Sebastian Vettel fought his way back to fifth place. It was a good drive after a long first stint to allow him to overtake.

Full Race Report Full Result Google Collection

2015 vs 2016 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2016 01:45.823 01:44.152 01:44.352 01:44.255 01:43.020 01:42.584 01:55:48.905 01:47.187
Diff -2.102 -2.010 -1.320 -2.242 -1.723 -1.301 -01:26.787 -2.854
2015 01:47.995 01:46.142 01:45.682 01:46.017 01:44.743 01:43.885 02:01:22.118 01:50.041

Data Profile

A lap of Marina Bay

Nico Rosberg comes into Sheares for the quick turn goes to inside the across the track straight for turn two goes onto the kerb then starts breaking for three. Good then starts accelerating out of the corner thro ugh the kink at four then along nicely into five. Then along the straight through turn six then breaks taking kerb on entry and through Memorial Corner.

Then the short straight to Stamford at 99kph gets close to the outside then runs close to the wall one exit. Does same thing at Padang. Onto the run to Singapore Sling good through the now ninety corner where the first chicane was. Nice through eleven and twelve. Goes over the bridge before turning slightly.

Begins breaking for turn thirteen along the harbour goes to the outside starts accelerating, before breaking for the ninety degree Connaught.  Then heads to the kink at fifteen then sixteenth 90KPH slow corner before seventeen.  Along the harbour again, before breaking for Bay. Good under the Grandstand and exits ok.

Good through twenty and twenty one before building speed then slightly breaking for twenty two then onto the gas through twenty three setting 01:42.584. his lap was the fastest ever set around Singapore streets.

Tyres

Driver

Ultrasoft Supersoft Soft
Hamilton

9

2

2

Bottas

9 3

1

Ricciardo

10

2

1

Verstappen

10

2

1

Vettel

10 1

2

Raikkonen

10 2

1

Perez

10

2

1

Ocon

10 2

1

Massa

10

2

1

Stroll

10 2

1

Alonso

10 2 1

Vandoorne

10 2 1

Sainz

9 3

1

Kvyat

9 3

1

Grosjean

8

4

1

Magnussen

8

4

1

Hulkenberg

10

2

1

Palmer

10 2

1

Wehrlein

9 2

2

Ericsson

10 2

1

 

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