Singaporean F1 Grand Prix

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The 2008 F1 Season marked the addition of a new Grand Prix race in Asia, the Singapore Grand Prix. The race is held on a street circuit called the Marina Bay Street Circuit and is the only night race of the F1 Grand Prix line-up. The first Singapore Grand Prix was won by Fernando Alonso and was the first night race in the history of F1. It has now become one of the premier F1 races on the calendar.

Singapore GP

The street race is the only option for this small island state, which has no international racing circuit of its own. The night race makes the Singapore Grand Prix unique and mitigates the heat of the tropics, as well as providing a more convenient viewing time for European viewers. A night race also reduces traffic issues caused by the closing off of regular roads.

A permanent paddock area was built below the Singapore Flyer complex, while temporary grandstands line the streets among the high-rises and pretty bay scenery of this colonial city. In much the same way as the historic Monaco Grand Prix involves the city of Monaco Singapore’s local organisers have created a unique racing atmosphere in the island state.

This event, which is contracted for five years, will be sponsored by Singtel and places an F1 race at the heart of Southeast Asia to add to the existing event in nearby Kuala Lumpur. It is not the first time F1 has raced in Singapore, however, as the city hosted a Grand Prix race from 1966 until 1973. In the early sixties the ‘Malaysian Grand Prix’ was hosted here, while Singapore was still part of the Malaya Federation. Back then it was run on the ‘Thompson Road’ circuit which also incorporated street roads, but was discontinued after 1973, by which time Singapore had become an independent state. For now, organisers have signed a contract until 2017.

Since the inception of the Marina Bay Circuit, the Singapore Grand Prix has been won three times by Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2012 and 2013) and twice by Fernando Alonso (2008 and 2010).

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