Key Strategic Moment
The Key Strategic Moment of the 2015 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX was Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel’s decision to use the two safety car periods to execute their scheduled pit stops. By stopping under a safety car they saved 10 seconds per stop which deprived Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo of the chance of challenging Vettel for the win.
Race Strategy Briefing
Singapore is one of the best races of the year from a strategy point of view because there is always a strong element of chance. It is the longest race in the F1 calendar at almost two hours and one of the hardest on brakes because the high number of corners gives little time for cooling. Add in a 100% record of a safety car, a long pit lane and a choice of the softest tyres in the Pirelli range, which require a minimum of 2 stops, and it becomes clear why the Singapore Grand Prix is always a huge challenge. The undercut is a tactic that works very well here to gain places. This involves pitting before the cars ahead of you and using the performance of the grippy new tyres and then gaining places when your opponent pits.
In collaboration with James Allen
September 20 | 20:00 local time, 14:00 CET
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
2014 winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)