Time for the night race at Singapore! Might be an 8pm start in Singapore for the race but thanks to the thousands of lights it’s incredibly bright.
This will be the seventh Singapore GP, all of which have taken place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. One lap is 5.073km long and the race will have 61 laps giving a total race distance of 309.453km, third longest in 2014 behind Sepang and Sochi. The Singapore GP has been won from pole four times (66.67%) but has never been won from second on the grid. The first Singapore GP in 2008 was (controversially) won from 15th by Alonso, with Rosberg in second and Hamilton in third. The only other race at Marina Bay not won from pole was 2012, Sebastian Vettel won from third on the grid with the two drivers starting on the front row, Hamilton and Maldonado, both retiring.
Just three drivers have won in Singapore, and all are racing this weekend, Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel. Vettel is most successful in Singapore with three wins, the last three races were all won by him, he can potentially make it four in a row, but I’d put my money on Mercedes for fairly obvious reasons. The fastest racing lap of the Marina Bay Street Circuit was Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in 2008, lapping in 1:45.599 and an average speed of 173kph or 107mph, second slowest in 2014 behind only Monaco.
At this same point last year Red Bull had 377 points in the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes are currently on 454.
The Silly Stats
You would need 3.2 million 250g jars of Marmite to cover the track with 1cm of Marmite. 6 million slices of bread would also cover the track, about 300,000 loaves of bread.
The lights at Singapore use 3,180,000 watts, enough to power all 20 Formula E cars for five and a half races.