Just before the tenth edition of the Singapore Grand Prix last year, the organizers signed a new four-year contract that guarantees the night race’s place on the F1 calendar until at least 2021.
Formula 1’s first night race has firmly established itself as one of F1’s premier destinations thanks to it’s spectacular location on public roads set against a backdrop of the spectacular Singapore skyline, slick marketing and big name concerts. The event has enjoyed strong financial support from the local government, but the organizers are not rushing into the next contract with F1’s new owners, Liberty Media, as they presumably chase a better deal. Attendances at the Singapore GP have actually fallen in recent years (from 87,000 in 2015 to 73,000 in 2016) and the race in neighboring Malaysia will fall off the calendar after this year due to big financial losses. Despite the falling attendances in recent years, the event is still a big tourist draw card, attracting over 30,000 international fans to the city state each September.
Food, shopping, nightlife and beaches. Your guide to the best activities away from the Marina Bay street circuit for the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix on September 14-16, 2018.
With all the action at the Marina Bay circuit happening in the late afternoon and night, there’s plenty of time to check out the sights of Singapore during the day. Not only is the city a shopper’s and foodies paradise, there are also beaches, theme parks and nature walks to explore. If you still have energy after a night at the track, the nightlife is also pretty wild. There is absolutely no chance of getting bored at the Singapore GP. The question is whether you have the stamina to make the most of all the city has to offer.
2018 F1 Calendar
- September 2: Monza, Italy
- September 16: Singapore
- September 30: Sochi, Russia
- October 7: Suzuka, Japan
- October 21: Austin, USA
- October 28: Mexico City, Mexico
- November 11: Interlagos, Brazil
- November 25: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
- Just four drivers have shared victories at the nine Singapore Grands Prix held since 2008. Sebastian Vettel has won four times (2011-2013, 2015), Lewis Hamilton three times (2009, 2014, 2017), Fernando Alonso twice (2008, 2010), and Nico Rosberg once (2016).
- The safety car has made at least one appearance in every Singapore Grand Prix held to date (those concrete barriers are unforgiving)
- Spare a thought for the drivers, who endure sauna-like conditions in the cockpit during the Singapore Grand Prix and can lose up to 3kg of fluid during the race. The circuit, with its bumpy surface and 21 turns, is one of the most physically demanding races on the calendar.
- Approximately 1600 custom-made floodlights are spread around the 5.075km Marina Bay circuit. The lights, four times brighter than at a regular sports stadium, are specially designed to minimize glare and surface reflection, and to meet F1’s TV broadcasting standards.
|Circuit Name||Marina Bay Street Circuit|
|Race first held||2008|
|Track length||5.065km (23 turns)|
|Race distance||61 laps (308.828 km)|
|Lap record (all track layouts)||1:45.599, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), 2008|
|2017 result||1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2:03:23.544|
|2nd Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) + 4.507s|
3rd Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +8.800s