The F1 night race! The Singapore GP is this weekend, assuming the smog doesn’t cancel the race.
Pole position is very important in Singapore, of the seven previous races five (71.43%) have been won from pole position and none from second on the grid. Only the 2008 (with some cheating) and the 2012 Singapore GPs have been won without starting on pole, Alonso from 15th in 2008 and Vettel from third in 2012. Only three drivers have won at Marina Bay with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing the most successful at the track, winning three races in a row from 2011 to 2013.
The track is 5.065km long with 23 corners and 61 race laps, a total race distance of 308.965km. Singapore has the most corners on the calendar and the third longest race, just behind Sochi (310.209km) and Sepang (310.408km). Singapore has the second slowest average speed, the average speed of the lap record was just 173kph or 107mph.
Lewis Hamilton could achieve his 50th pole position this weekend and eight in a row, equalling the record of Ayrton Senna in 1988-89. Lewis Hamilton could also win his 20th race for Mercedes and Mercedes could with their 40th race.
1st – Hamilton
2nd – Rosberg
3rd – Vettel
10th – Alonso
Pole – Hamilton
The Silly Stats
Seeing as everyone always talks about lights when it comes to the Singapore GP. The time it would take for a light to lap around the circuit through a fibre optic cable? 0.016922 milliseconds.
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.