In 2008, Singapore changed the look of Formula 1 forever as it hosted the first night-race around the streets of the Marina Bay. But the cooler temperatures on the night do not make life any easier for the drivers as 30°C and 70% humidity is often the order of the day, not to mention the longest race on the calendar of almost two hours. The circuit, laid out on the streets of Singapore, runs anti-clockwise and makes for an exhausting 61-laps, with a loss of concentration quickly punished by the unforgiving barriers that line the circuit. The first race will always be remembered for Felipe Massa driving down the pitlane with his fuel hose still attached while out on track and Nelson Piquet controversially crashing his Renault on purpose, later known as ‘Crash-gate’. On a more positive note, Sebastian Vettel has been dominant around the Bay with three consecutive race wins. Fernando Alonso has won it twice and Lewis Hamilton once.
Circuit length 5.065 km
Race distance 308.828 km
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Singapore is a two hour marathon and probably one of the most difficult races to manage for the strategy teams. This is due to the very likely deployment of the safety car at any moment and the management of the tyres, with the large penalty associated with an additional pit stop. Last year a safety car swung the outcome. It has one of the slowest pit stops of the year with low pit lane speed limits (60km/h) and a 400 metre long pit lane, so the teams try to do the race in two stops. But timing is everything.
In collaboration with James Allen
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent 2014 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. McLaren (28.627s)
02. Red Bull (28.733s)
03. Ferrari (28.810s)
04. Williams (28.889s)
05. Lotus (29.036s)
06. Mercedes (29.244s)
07. Force India (29.362s)
08. Sauber (29.748s)
09. Marussia (29.752s)
10. Toro Rosso (29.806s)
11. Caterham (30.144s)
Start league table – after Round 14, Singapore
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+18 Maldonado, Hulkenberg
+15 Räikkönen, Kobayashi
+4 Button, Lotterer, Perez
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane; Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane; Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria notes: Grosjean started from pit lane
Silverstone notes: Räikkönen and Massa eliminated after accident on lap 1
Germany notes: Massa eliminated in lap 1 after accident; Magnussen and Ricciardo also dropped back as a result
Hungary notes: Hamilton, Magnussen, Kvyat started from pit lane
Belgium Notes: Grosjean and Bianchi collided on lap one; Kobayashi absent and replaced by Lotterer
Italy Notes: Ericsson started from pit lane
Singapore Notes: Kobayashi did not start; Rosberg started from pit lane