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Old 14 Sep 2018, 06:49 (Ref:3850006)   #1
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Drink Singapore Grand Prix - Round 15 of 21 - Grand Prix Weekend Thread

Singapore holds its eleventh World Championship Grand Prix this weekend. A symbol of the contemporary tendency of iconic circuit surroundings and modern entertainment razzmatazz, the Marina Bay circuit played host to Formula 1’s first ever night race in 2008.

A 318,000 watt capacity is required to pump the circuit with artificial lighting and the definition of the different elements of the cars is fantastic as they shimmer under the floodlights, with sparks from the underside particularly prominent.

With 23 corners (14 left-handers and 9 right-handers), it has more turns than any other Grand Prix on the calendar and at 61 laps, it generally goes on to become the longest race in the season, running to the 2 hour limit before the laps have been completed. The shortest race here was a little under 1 hour 56 minutes, in 2016.

On past form, the safety car is almost a certainty – it has appeared at least once in every Grand Prix held here, perhaps most memorably in the first ever Formula 1 race, when Renault’s Nelson Piquet agreed to crash in order to assist Fernando Alonso and in 2015, when during a safety car period, a spectator got through a gap and made it onto the track.

The shortest margin of victory here was 0.239 in 2010, with Alonso beating Vettel, although in 2016, Ricciardo ran winner Rosberg home close after a frantic battle near the end, with the margin 0.488 at the end.

The race goes back further than ten years, though, as there was a Grand Prix in Singapore in 1961, named the Orient Year Grand Prix. It formed part of a campaign called ‘Visit Singapore – The Orient Year’ to attract tourists to the region and it took place on a street track named the Thomson Road Circuit. Ian Barnwell in an Aston Martin DB3S won the inaugural race.

The race later became the Singapore Grand Prix in 1966 after the country gained independence and was run to Formula Libre rules. It was known for being a dangerous track with ‘The Hump’ one of the corners, a right-hander through which the cars left the ground and unofficially had a section which became known as ‘Murder Mile and a corner nicknamed Devil’s Bend.

Of the current field, the new incarnation of the race has been won four times by Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), three times by Lewis Hamilton (2009, 2014 and 2017) and twice by Fernando Alonso (the questionable 2008 win and 2010).

Last year, fast-starting Kimi Räikkönen collided with Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel before the first corner in a crash which also wiped out Max Verstappen. The new Sauber signing will be keen to finish his Ferrari career with a flourish, while the Scuderia’s incoming man Charles Leclerc will be looking to a reversal in recent fortunes, as will outgoing Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo. Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship by 30 points, but we know such a comfortable advantage could be almost wiped out with one DNF and a win for his fellow championship contender Vettel, who, like Lewis, is vying for a Juan Manuel Fangio-equalling fifth world title.

Meanwhile, the constructors' battle is yet closer, with Mercedes holding a 25-point advantage over their adversaries.

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Constructors’ championship standings: https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/team.html

Drivers’ championship standings: https://www.formula1.com/en/results....8/drivers.html

Singapore Grand Prix tyre selections: https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/13...re-tyre-choice

Circuit length: 5.063km
Number of laps: 61
Race distance: 308.706km
Dry weather tyre compounds: Hypersoft, Ultrasoft and Soft
DRS Detection Zone 1: Turn 4
DRS Activation Zone 1: between Turns 5 and 7
DRS Detection Zone 2: between Turns 21 and 22
DRS Activation Zone 2: on start-finish straight
Speed trap: on start-finish straight

Race Lap Record: 1:45.008 (2017 – Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes)
First Singapore Grand Prix: 1966
First World Championship Grand Prix: 2008
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Old 14 Sep 2018, 09:12 (Ref:3850024)   #2
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Thanks for the intro as ever BR

The big question is which RBR will break down this time?

And how much the track changes will make a difference
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Old 14 Sep 2018, 21:29 (Ref:3850168)   #3
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Cheers BR.. Seems only a couple of us the night before the real action have noticed your fantastic effort on Singapore intro! Great input and history.. cheers again..
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Old 15 Sep 2018, 00:08 (Ref:3850186)   #4
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Cheers BR for the intro. Much appreciated.
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Old 15 Sep 2018, 07:53 (Ref:3850256)   #5
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Excellent intro as ever.

Last year, the start of the Singapore GP is where it all started to go wrong for Vettel. This year, is this where it all starts to go right because it needs to?
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Old 15 Sep 2018, 09:04 (Ref:3850268)   #6
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Bit of an interesting couple of sessions, Vettel in trouble in FP2, which is not going to help him with the pressure being on him
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Old 15 Sep 2018, 12:59 (Ref:3850313)   #7
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Vettee heads final practice with 1m38.054s.
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He managed not to hit anything this time. That's a step forward.
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Lulu's on pole with a blinder, followed by Verstappen with Vettee 3rd; not really where he wanted to be.
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A serious blunder. Equally surprised by Max's lap as well.

Very excited for this race to start!
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That was an astonishing lap from Hamilton. Absolutely peerless.
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What a lap by not just Lewis, but Max too. Pressure is really on Seb now, don’t think the poleman’s gonna repeat last poleman at Singapore’s error with Max
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Well opening lap looks like it will be interesting, suspect all cars unlikely to complete it.
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I somehow don't think the Ferraris expected to be trailing in Hamilton's wake at the end of qualifying. Stunning lap - and good to see Max up there too. So, is Vettel going to play skittles this time? Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't..........
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