Singapore Grand Prix

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Singapore Grand Prix - 2021 Latest News, Winners, Qualifying, Circuits, Track

The Singapore Grand Prix was first introduced to the F1 calendar in 2008. Since then, it has been a regular feature in the Formula One World Championship except 2020.

The race under artificial lights usually starts at midday GMT (8 PM local time) at the Marina Bay street circuit, which is the standard time for European Grands Prix. While this moderates the extreme daytime apparent temperature in the tropical climate, cockpit temperatures can still reach 60 °C (140 °F).

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Controversy

The very first race itself was marred in controversy, courtesy of Renault. Apparently, Nelson Piquet Jr was told to crash his car deliberately to bring out the safety car.

Meanwhile, his teammate Fernando Alonso had already pitted for fresh tires and fuel. So, he benefitted handsomely when the rest of the pack pitted under the safety car, vaulting him up the order to an unlikely win.

However, months later, the FIA smelt a rat and investigated the incident. Then Piquet Jr squealed, revealing that his crash was a ploy to let Alonso win. As a result, team principal Flavio Briatore was banned and Nelson Piquet Jr's career was practically thrown away.

While the track itself isn't the best suited to overtaking, it makes for a spectacle with F1 cars shining under the lights in all their glory.

Past Winners

NameNationalityYear
Fernando AlonsoSpain2008, 2010
Lewis HamiltonEngland2009, 2014, 2017, 2018
Nico RosbergGermany2016
Sebastian VettelGermany2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019

Past Constructors Winners

ManufacturerYear
Ferrari2010, 2015, 2019
McLaren2009
Mercedes2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Red Bull2011, 2012, 2013
Renault2008

Singapore Grand Prix  Circuit Details

Like Monaco, the Singapore Grand Prix is held on a street circuit. However, the track is admittedly a little wider, which allows for some overtaking.

The circuit length is around 5.063 kilometers with the track record being 1 minute and 41.905 seconds. It also has an average speed of 178.782 km/h.

Where to watch

In India, the practice sessions, qualifying, and the race will be broadcast on the Star Sports network. In Africa, Supersport is in charge of broadcast while in Asia and Australia, Fox Sports handles the broadcast. Canada has RDS while China telecasts the race on CCTV.

France relies of TF1 and Canal+ for their Formula One telecast. Germany, Austria and Switzerland have RTL Germany to thank. Italians who cannot travel to Monza can watch the race on Sky Italia. Spain and Andorra have Movistar, while the United Kingdom has Channel 4 and Sky Sports. USA also shows the race on ESPN.

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Singapore Grand Prix Tickets

Tickets are mostly available on the official Formula One website.

Singapore Grand Prix Venue

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Since 2008, the venue for the Singapore Grand Prix has been the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The 2021 Singapore GP is set to take place from 1-3 October.