The night race returns, and the same weekend as the Singapore GP there is also the 6 Hours of COTA with their own night race.
The Marina Bay Street Circuit is 5.065km long with 61 laps, a total race distance of 308.965km making it the third longest race in terms of distance. The average speed of the track is faster than only Monaco, meaning it will come very close to the two hour time limit. In all eight of the previous races at the track the race has gone into the one hour 50 mark and three times over two hours.
Six times the Singapore GP has been won from pole position but it has never been won from second on the grid. Sebastian Vettel won the race from third in 2012 and Fernando Alonso from 15th in 2008 thanks to his teammate purposefully crashing into a wall. Sebastian Vettel is most successful at the track with four wins, Alonso and Hamilton both have two and Red Bull have three.
Both Toro Rosso and Nico Rosberg will be making their 200th GPs in Singapore, while Marcus Ericsson will be making his 50th. Last year’s Singapore GP was the only race without a Mercedes on pole position and one of only three they didn’t win, could it happen again?
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.