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Singapore 2011 - Race information // Prepare for the night race with all you need to know about Marina Bay

Published by Christine

With the European races all done and dusted, Formula One heads to Singapore for the only night race on the calendar. Teams and drivers are preparing to light up the city with fabulous action, but have the challenge of staying on a different timezone to everyone around them.

Sebastian Vettel has the chance to win the championship this weekend, and if all goes as smoothly as the rest of his year has, then it could happen. However, there are plenty of drivers still up for a race by race fight, so it may not go all Red Bull's way.

Event schedule

F1 returns to a street circuit after the low downforce track at Monza. We've got twists and turns, along narrow streets, with the twilight lit up by dazzling floodlights. Red Bull were strong in Italy, when they thought they wouldn't be, and Singapore may suit their car even better.

The challenge of Singapore will be the key distinction - from fighting tiredness, to coping with the weather, it will be down to the drivers and the pit crew to make sure everything goes to plan.

We've got just the single DRS zone in Singapore as well, after the FIA tried their hand at double DRS in Monza. Singapore hasn't been known for fantastic overtaking opportunities, so it will be interesting to see how this year's regulations make a difference.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT+1)Time (Local)
23 SepFridayFree Practice 111:0018:00
Free Practice 214:3021:30
24 SepSaturdayFree Practice 312:0019:00
Qualifying15:0022:00
25 SepSundayGrand Prix13:0020:00

Support racing for this event includes JK Racing Asia Series and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

The weather

Weather prediction is tricky at the Marina Bay Circuit - we know we're expecting rain every single day for the next four days, but it's going to be hard to know when it will fall and if it will affect the track action. Along with the showers, the temperatures will be high, so there's the possibility of thunder and lightning as well.

showers

Marina Bay, Friday

30℃

  • Low 28℃
  • Humidity 68%

Thunder and showers

showers

Marina Bay, Saturday

30℃

  • Low 27℃
  • Humidity 69%

Heavy rain showers

showers

Marina Bay, Sunday

30℃

  • Low 28℃
  • Humidity 69%

Heavy rain showers

Circuit map

Marina Bay Street Circuit Map
Marina Bay Street Circuit MapCredit: FIA

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameMarina Bay Street Circuit
LocationSingapore
TimezoneGMT +0800
First Race2008
Laps61
Length5.073 km
Distance309.316 km
Start / Finish Offset0.137 km

Singapore boasts one of the longest laps on the 2011 calendar, and with over 60 laps to complete, it's a race that runs closer to the two hour mark than those before it. If you throw in the likelihood of a safety car - 1.7 average per race - then the duration is extended even further.

The top speed around the Marina Bay track is roughly 302kph, but the average is only 172kph. Travelling through the pitlane will lose drivers about 30 seconds on their regular lap time.

As a street circuit, the track surface can be changeable and grip will improve throughout the weekend.

2010 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Mark WebberRed Bull1:54.589Live / Results
Free Practice 2Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:46.660Live / Results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:48.028Live / Results
QualifyingFernando AlonsoFerrari1:45.390Live / Results
Grand PrixFernando AlonsoFerrari1:57:53.579Live / Results
Fastest LapFernando Alonso1:47.976

Tyre compounds

Supersoft (option) and soft (prime) compounds
Supersoft (option) and soft (prime) compounds

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
DayTime (Local)AttendeeRepresenting
Thursday18:00Sébastien BuemiToro Rosso
Timo GlockVirgin
Sergio PérezSauber
Daniel RicciardoHRT
Nico RosbergMercedes
Sebastian VettelRed Bull
Friday23:15Riad AsmatLotus
Jean Francois CaubetRenault
Robert FernleyForce India
Norbert HaugMercedes
Gérard LopezRenault
Sam MichaelWilliams
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

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

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Heinz-Harald FrentzenThrice Grand Prix winner
Dr Gert EnnserMember of DMSB Committee for Autombile Sport and F1/DTM steward
Radovan NovakSecretary General of the ACCR and WMSC member

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