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Race information - Singapore 2014 // Prepare for the highlight night race spectacle of the season

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Formula One has waved goodbye to Europe and jumped back upon planes, trains and automobiles to wind their way back to Asia. Singapore plays host to the next round of the 2014 season, and that means its time for drivers to get ready for a long race, a hot evening of running, and most of all, to dig out their clear visors. It's moon o'clock in F1, as the lengthy Marina Bay street circuit is lit up under bright lights for the sport's only full night race.

Event schedule

The Mercedes crew appear to have got themselves under control for now, with an amicable, if frosty, appearance in Italy. Rosberg still has control of the championship but Hamilton closed the gap with his Monza victory. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa got the better of his teammate and took his first podium for the Williams team, so he (and they) will be on a high as they head into this weekend.

Struggling teams include Caterham, who are announcing Kamui Kobayashi's presence on a race by race basis, and Lotus, who have history at the Singapore circuit, and have had ongoing reliability troubles pretty much since the season began. Look for those cars that are more durable to do well, whilst those looking a little shaky to suffer in the harsh conditions of this endurance event.

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

Support racing for this event includes Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Masters Historic Racing.

Expected conditions

At first glance, it looks like I've made an error and copied the same weather graphic two times too many. But no, this is what the long range forecasts suggest Singapore will be like - warm, humid, and very, very consistent. Highs tip over the 32 degree mark, whilst humidity hovers at 60%. So far, in the history of the racing at Singapore, we have yet to see a wet night race. Might that change this year?

Periods of rain

Singapore, Friday

32℃

  • Low 26℃
  • Humidity 66%

Periods of rain

Scattered storms

Singapore, Saturday

32℃

  • Low 26℃
  • Humidity 61%

Scattered storms

Chance of storms

Singapore, Sunday

32℃

  • Low 26℃
  • Humidity 61%

Chance of storms

Track information

Marina Bay Street Circuit circuit map
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

The track is unusually wide for a street circuit, but there are too many turns and not enough straights to make good racing a possibility. The barriers are close, presenting the challenge of concentration just like at Monaco, and the heat can also present another variable for drivers to take into account.

The race is run in an anti-clockwise direction, and the lap begins with a tricky complex of corners that gradually widen up and lead to a faster section. The next part of the track includes areas named by competition-winning fans, and the tarmac gets very bumpy. In the shadows of the night, sparks can fly and make for some excellent photo opportunities.

With such a twisting and long track, the only way to keep the pack together is using the safety car, which does often make an appearance around the Marina Bay circuit.

Circuit history

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 race always tends to venture near the two hour maximum time limit, with the shortest event being the 2009 race - won by Lewis Hamilton in 1 hour and 56 minutes. Every single race since the first in 2008 has had an appearance from the safety car. Last year it was Daniel Ricciardo crashing into the barrier that brought out the FIA vehicle. The confines of the track can make it difficult for the marshals to recover cars quickly and efficiently, so expect teams to factor a safety car period into their strategies.

The race also brings up a unique challenge for the drivers, being at their best in the evening rather at midday. Most will fly in to Singapore relatively early to get accustomed to the climate, but stay on European time. That means breakfast at 3pm, being at the peak of racing fitness in the evening, with bedtime in the early hours. Blackout blinds are often used to sleep late, but you'll still see plenty of tired faces across the course of the weekend.

Results for the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:49.056
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:47.490
Free Practice 3Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:47.299
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:45.681
Grand PrixLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team2:00:04.795
Fastest lapLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:50.417

Tyre compounds

Singapore Grand Prix tyre selection
Soft and supersoft compounds

Pirelli have opted to bring the traditional street circuit selection of soft and supersoft compounds to Singapore, which is different to their normal choice. It may add another element to the weekend, particularly as the track is heavy on braking (expect lockups) and bumping in many places. The Italian tyre supplier particularly point to the left rear as one to watch, because it has to deal with high "longitudinal and sideways accelerations."

This is actually a step softer than last year, when we nominated the medium and supersoft, so we should see some interesting tyre strategies with teams taking full advantage of the performance on offer. There’s traditionally quite a high incidence of safety cars, so every strategy has to be flexible enough to bear this eventuality in mind as well.

- 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
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayMarcus EricssonCaterham F1 Team
Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari
Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team
Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso
FridayÉric BoullierMcLaren Mercedes
Monisha KaltenbornSauber F1 Team
Vijay MallyaSahara Force India F1 Team
Manfredi RavettoCaterham F1 Team
Franz TostScuderia Toro Rosso
Claire WilliamsWilliams Martini Racing
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Alan Jones1980 Formula One World Champion, former Australian Touring Car and V8 Supercars racer, as well as Australian F1 commentator.
Lars ÖsterlindFIA World Council Member and Honorary President of the Swedish Automobile Sport Federation.
Roger PeartPresident of the FIA Circuits Commission and President of the ASN of Canada.

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