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