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Race information - Singapore 2013 // Everything you need to know about the Singapore Grand Prix

Published by Christine Blachford

We've come to the pivotal point in the season, where the championship will either close up or run away in one specific direction. The last few races would point towards the latter, but hey, we're optimistic round these parts. Singapore hasn't always been known to deliver fascinating races, but it's quite the spectacle and can usually be relied upon to entertain. With several drivers on the grid experiencing night racing for the first time, the 2013 race could be something special!

Event schedule

Fernando Alonso was a popular figure on the podium in Italy, taking home a trophy along with the Red Bull pair. Ferrari have moved into second place in the championship standings for now, but Mercedes appear to have a good car for the street circuits so they could be ready to take that place back. McLaren have also been looking just that little bit stronger of late, and a good result this weekend could boost their season before it is too late.

Meanwhile, the attention has switched from Daniel Ricciardo to Kimi Räikkönen, as the Finn was confirmed as the next Ferrari driver for 2014. There's also plenty of speculation over the leftover Lotus seat, so look for some drivers to be hoping for good results to show the eagle-eyed bosses what they can do.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
20 SepFridayFree Practice 111:00
GMT +01:00
18:00
GMT +08:00
Free Practice 214:30
GMT +01:00
21:30
GMT +08:00
21 SepSaturdayFree Practice 311:00
GMT +01:00
18:00
GMT +08:00
Qualifying14:00
GMT +01:00
21:00
GMT +08:00
22 SepSundayGrand Prix13:00
GMT +01:00
20:00
GMT +08:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2 and Porsche Carrera Cup.

The weather

The weather for the entire weekend looks set to be hot, humid, cloudy in places and with the potential for storms at the drop of a hat. Naturally the later start time means temperatures won't be as high as they could be, and as the night draws on they should start to drop. That just adds to the challenge!

showers

Marina Bay, Friday

31℃

  • Low 27℃
  • Humidity 70%

Chance of storms

showers

Marina Bay, Saturday

32℃

  • Low 27℃
  • Humidity 70%

Chance of storms

showers

Marina Bay, Sunday

32℃

  • Low 27℃
  • Humidity 66%

Chance of storms

Circuit map

Note: Turn 10 has been altered from chicane to fast-flowing corner
Note: Turn 10 has been altered from chicane to fast-flowing corner
DRS Zones
DRS detection 1230m before Turn 5
DRS activation 150m after Turn 5
DRS detection 280m before Turn 22
DRS activation 245m after Turn 23

Once again the FIA are doubling up on DRS zones, as we just had the one this time last year. Now there is one that is detected after the first corner complex, and activated on the short straight that follows (longer straight with a bend in it). The second is detected before the final two corners and permitted down the long home straight.

That puts the two zones very close together, which could be a help or a hindrance. I don't recall the DRS being particularly useful last year, but when the two zones are close they can sometimes cancel each other out.

The circuit

Circuit information
CircuitMarina Bay Street Circuit
LocationSingapore
CountrySingapore
TimezoneGMT +08:00
Race debut2008
Laps61
Length5.065 km
Distance308.828 km
Line offset0.137 km

The Marina Bay track is the standard five kilometres but it feels an awful lot longer, with 23 corners. Although it's a street circuit, the width is unusually generous, allowing overtaking on occasion - however the twisting nature of the corners can add to the field spread issue.

Top speeds are way down for the track, and combine that with the humidity, cooling can be a significant issue. Strategy tends to err towards three stops, although a jaunt through the pit lane can be a costly 20+ seconds. The race is run anti-clockwise, which can put strain on a driver's neck. The surface is also pretty bumpy which can make for some amazing photos, but some sore bodies once the race is over.

The FIA have insisted upon some resurfacing works around the track, and they have also reprofiled turn ten. Rather than the tight chicane of last year, we should be looking at a faster sweeping curve to aid the speeds in the second sector.

2012 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:50.566Full results
Free Practice 2Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:48.340Full results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:47.947Full results
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMcLaren1:46.362Full results
Grand PrixSebastian VettelRed Bull2:00:26.144Full results
Fastest LapNico HülkenbergForce India1:51.033

Tyre compounds

Singapore Grand Prix tyre selection
Medium and supersoft compounds

Pirelli have been out and about defending their tyres once again, as after facing off criticism that they were having too much of an impact on racing, they're now bombarded with complaints that it's too easy for Red Bull. Nevertheless, the attention must be on this weekend as they face one of the toughest tests for the tyres. Motorsport boss at the tyre manufacturer, Paul Hembery, explains all the little extras that Singapore has to make it a unique event.

Singapore is quite bumpy – a typical feature of street circuits – and there’s lots of street furniture such as painted white lines and manholes that compromise grip and traction. We’re racing at night, which presents a unique set of parameters for the tyres to deal with when it comes to the way that track and ambient temperatures evolve. The cars also carry the heaviest fuel load of the year, which again has a direct effect on tyre wear and degradation.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayLocalAttendeeRepresenting
Thursday18:00Valtteri BottasWilliams
Nico HülkenbergSauber
Sergio PérezMcLaren
Kimi RäikkönenLotus
Nico RosbergMercedes
Adrian SutilForce India
Friday23:15Éric BoullierLotus
Robert FernleyForce India
Tony FernandesCaterham
Franz TostToro Rosso
Claire WilliamsWilliams
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed recently to include a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Paul GutjahrPresident of the FIA Hill Climb Commission, board member and President of Auto Sport Suisse SARL
Vincenzo SpanoPresident of the Sporting Commission of the Automobile and Touring Club of Venezuela.
Derek WarwickFormer Formula One driver and World Sportscar champion.

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