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22px-Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Street Circuit
Singapore street circuit v2.svg
Laps 61
Circuit length 5.067 km (3.148 miles)
Race length 309.087 km (192.066 miles)
Most wins by single driver 25px-Newzealand flag Graeme Lawrence (3)
Most wins by single constructor McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari (2)
Last race (2012):
Winner Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel
Winning constructor Red Bull-Renault
Winning time 2:00:26.144
Pole time 1:46.362
Pole driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Pole constructor McLaren-Mercedes
Fastest lap 1:51.033
Fastest lap driver Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg
Fastest lap constructor Force India-Mercedes

The Singapore Grand Prix is a motor race on the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The event takes place in Singapore on the Marina Bay Street Circuit and was the inaugural F1 night race[1][2] and the first street circuit in Asia.[3] Spaniard Fernando Alonso won the first edition of the grand prix, driving for the Renault F1 team. The Singapore Grand Prix will remain on the F1 calendar through at least 2017, after race organizers signed a contract extension with Formula One Management on the eve of the 2012 event.[4]

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

First organised in 1961, the race was initially known as the Orient Year Grand Prix.[5] The following year, the race was renamed the Malaysian Grand Prix.[5] After Singapore attained its independence in 1965, the race at the Thomson Road circuit was renamed to the Singapore Grand Prix. The event was discontinued after 1973 and a variety of reasons have been suggested, including an increase in traffic, the inconvenience of having to close roads for the event and fatal accidents during the 1972 and 1973 races.[6]

Formula OneEdit

An agreement for a five-year deal was signed by Singapore GP Pte Ltd, the Singapore Tourism Board and Bernie Ecclestone.[1] In November 2007 it was announced that the telecommunications company SingTel would sponsor the event. The official name of the event will be the FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.[7] The race was co-funded by the Government of Singapore, footing 60% of the total bill, or $90 million SGD, out of a total tab of $150 million SGD.[8]

Around 110,000 tickets were made available for the country's first Formula One race. Corporate hospitality suites and packages went on sale at the end November 2007, three-day passes to the public went on sale in February 2008. Single-day passes went on sale a month later.[9] The event went on to achieve a full sell-out for all of its tickets.[10]

The first race held at the new Marina Bay Street Circuit was the 15th round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, and was also the first night-time event in Formula One history.[2] The timing of the night event meant that it could be broadcast live at a convenient time for European TV audiences.[1] The track was also illuminated by a series of projectors which adapt their output to match the shape of the course.[11] The race was won by Fernando Alonso driving for the Renault team, however that result has since been tarnished by controversy.

For the 2009 race, the circuit was reprofiled slightly, including modifications to turns 1, 2 and 3 to aid overtaking, and also at turn 10 where high kerbs caused many accidents in 2008.[12]

On September 22, 2012, the AP reported that Bernie Ecclestone and the Singapore Grand Prix agreed that the Grand Prix will remain on the Formula One calendar through the year of 2017.[13]

WinnersEdit

Multiple winners (drivers)Edit

Embolded drivers are still competing in the Formula One championship.
A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Number of wins Driver Years won
3 25px-Newzealandflag Graeme Lawrence 1969, 1970, 1971
Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 2011, 2012, 2013
2 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 2008, 2010
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2009, 2014

Multiple winners (constructors)Edit

Embolded teams are still competing in the Formula One championship.
A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Number of wins Constructor Years won
3 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull 2011, 2012, 2013
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren 1969, 2009
22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 1970, 2010

By yearEdit

Events which were not part of the Formula One World Championship are indicated by a pink background.

Year Driver Constructor Class Location Report
2014 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Formula One Marina Bay Report
2013 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2012 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2011 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Formula One Report
2010 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari Formula One Report
2009 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Formula One Report
2008 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Formula One Report
2007
-
1974
Not held
1973 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan March-Hart Formula Libre Thomson Road Report
1972 25px-AustraliaFLAG Max Stewart Mildren–Waggott Formula Libre Report
1971 25px-Newzealandflag Graeme Lawrence Brabham-Ford Formula Libre Report
1970 25px-Newzealandflag Graeme Lawrence Ferrari Formula Libre Report
1969 25px-Newzealandflag Graeme Lawrence McLaren-Ford Formula Libre Report
1968 25px-AustraliaFLAG Garrie Cooper ElfinFord Formula Libre Report
1967 22px-Flag of Singapore.svg Rodney Seow MerlynFord Formula Libre Report
1966 22px-Flag of Singapore.svg Lee Han Seng Lotus-Ford Formula Libre Report

SponsorsEdit

SingTel Singapore Grand Prix 2008–present

ConcernsEdit

Before the first modern race took place, Malaysian Sports Minister Azalina Othman Said said that the proximity of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, which hosts the Malaysian Grand Prix and is about 300 kilometres from Singapore, would create unhealthy competition.[14] The Malaysian Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Liow Tiong Lai stated that the Malaysian Government is unconcerned about possible competition from Singapore.[15]

GalleryEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Solomon, Eli (2008). Snakes & Devils: A History of the Singapore Grand Prix (Hard cover). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish. 
  • De Cotta, Ian (2008). The Singapore Grand Prix - 50 Years In The Making. Singapore: MediaCorp Pte Ltd. 


See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Singapore confirms 2008 night race (Press release). Formula1.com. 11 May 2007. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070613015932/http://www.formula1.com/news/6063.html. Retrieved 18 May 2007. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "News - FIA green light Singapore night race". Formula1.com. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/10/7040.html. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  3. SingTel to sponsor first Singapore Grand Prix (Press release). Formula1.com. 16 November 2007. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/11/7101.html. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
  4. Collantine, Keith (22). "Singapore confirms F1 contract extension to 2017". Formula 1 Fanatic. http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2012/09/22/singapore-confirms-f1-contract-extension-2017/. Retrieved 22 September 2012. ""The Singapore Grand Prix will remain on the F1 calendar for at least the next five years."" 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "A History of the Singapore Grand Prix". Snakes & Devils. http://www.snakes-devils.com/TheIntro.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  6. "Home - Sports In Independent Singapore - The Grand Prix". Singapore Sports Council. Archived from the original on 2006-09-29. http://web.archive.org/web/20061229153633/http://www.ssc.gov.sg/museum/ssm_cat_details.jsp?type=4&root=20&parent=20&cat=23. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  7. "SingTel to sponsor first Singapore Grand Prix". Formula1.com. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/11/7101.html. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  8. "Singapore wins right to host F1 race next year". Channel NewsAsia. 2007-05-11. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporebusinessnews/view/275569/1/.html. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  9. "Introduction to Singapore Grand Prix". Singapore GP. Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. http://web.archive.org/web/20071021030952/http://www.singaporegp.sg/intro_popup.html. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  10. "F1 2012 | Live Formula 1 Grand Prix news | ESPN F1". En.f1-live.com. http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/news/detail/080919103354.shtml. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  11. "Let there be light - illuminating the Singapore Grand Prix". Formula1.com. 2008-02-08. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2008/2/7341.html. 
  12. Straw, Edd; Noble, Jonathan (2009-01-07). "Singapore to revise track for 2009 race". autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/72634. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  13. "Singapore GP extends F1 deal through 2017". 22 September 2012. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/singapore-gp-extends-f1-deal-through-2017. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  14. "Singapore News - Malaysia jittery over Singapore F1 roar". Channel NewsAsia. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/266587/1/.html. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 
  15. "Malaysia unconcerned about Singapore GP". Motoring & Independent Online (Pty) Ltd. http://www.motoring.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3754306&fSectionId=&fSetId=381. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 

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