Guide to the Marina Bay Grand Prix Circuit

Introduction  |  Circuit details  |  Transportation  |  Accommodation  |  Results

The newly introduced Singapore Grand Prix circuit is not in fact new, having evolved into its present street circuit route during the mid- to late-sixties when it hosted F1 races before being abandoned in 1973.

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Traffic inconveniences were cited as a main reason back then and so this time around the organisers have opted for a night race, which will be unique for F1. The race is run through the streets of Marina Bay district under flood lights.

The circuit itself is 5.067 kms (3.152 mi) long, making it longer than most F1 tracks, and has 61 laps for a total race length of 309.087 kms. It runs in an anti-clockwise direction, incorporating 23 turns, with a single hairpin bend and at least five modest straights. The lay-out has been modified from one originally designed by race circuit architect, Hermann Tilke. In 2013, some configuration changes were made to the track, removing the Singapore Sling turn and replacing it with a left-hand turn.

Most of the circuit covers the old colonial district of the city, north of the Singapore River, with a backdrop of fine old buildings, leafy grounds (covered in grandstands) and the waters of the bay as a day time backdrop.

The fastest lap time was held by Kimi Raikkonen, with 1:45.599, posted in 2008. But with the new configuration, Vettel holds the lap record with a time of 1:48.574, which he set in 2013.

Introduction  |  Circuit details  |  Transportation  |  Accommodation  |  Results