2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix
Starting at 8pm (local time), two hours after darkness has fallen over the city-state, the Singapore Grand Prix is the only night race on the 2012 Formula 1 calendar. To enable visibility, the 5.073km Marina Bay circuit is lit up by 1,500 halogen lamps, giving a luminosity of 3,000 lux – as bright as daylight.
The track is the third and final street circuit of the year, following on from Monaco and Valencia, and runs in an anti-clockwise direction. The cars negotiate its tight and twisty confines – 14 left-handers, nine right-handers – in maximum downforce trim and the key to a quick lap is to have good traction and a neutral car balance.
The Singapore Grand Prix is the longest race of the year, taking close to two hours to complete its 61 laps. That makes it physically tough for the drivers, who have to cope with the 30-degree heat and 70 per cent Tropical humidity while wrestling their cars around the busy, stop-start layout. As a result, they expect to lose up to three kilos’ fluid loss during the race.
Lewis won the Singapore Grand Prix once – in 2009 – and Jenson has achieved a best result of second, in 2011. Both Jenson & Sergio will be hoping to return to the podium this year.
The 2012 winner was Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) who completed the race in 2:00:26.144. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) completed the fastest lap of 1:51.033, with an average speed of 164.480.
McLaren at the Singapore Grand Prix : 1 Pole start & Win in 2009 and 1 Fastest lap record in 2011.
In 2008 Lewis drives a mature race to finish on the podium in the inaugural Singapore GP. He comes home third, 5.9s behind race winner Alonso and 3s behind second-placed Nico Rosberg.
A more emphatic victory than 2009 would be hard to find. Lewis dominates the race from pole position, coming home 10s ahead of Timo Glock.
2011 saw Jenson’s fourth consecutive podium. He pushes race winner Sebastian Vettel all the way, coming home 1.7s behind the German in second place. Lewis completes a good day for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, coming home fifth in the second MP4-26.