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Singapore Grand Prix 2018 – All you need to know for the F1 race

The next race of the F1 calendar will be the Singapore Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to further extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel after winning the Italian Grand Prix on Ferrari soil.

Hamilton, who won the Singapore Grand Prix last year, will be hoping to repeat last year’s win and match Vettel for wins at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Vettel – only fourth in the Scuderia’s home race – now trails bitter Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton by 30 points in the title race with races beginning to run out. But his recent record at the Marina Bay circuit will give renewed hope to the German.

Here is a guide to all you need to now about one of F1’s most iconic weekends around the streets of Singapore – including details of how to watch the race on TV and the latest betting odds.

What time does the Singapore Grand Prix start?

The start times for the Singapore Grand Prix are as follows:

Practice 1: Friday September 14, 1630 local time (0930 BST)

Practice 2: Friday September 14, 2030 local time (1330 BST)

Practice 3: Saturday September 15, 1800 local time (1100 BST)

Qualifying: Saturday September 15, 2100 local time (1400 BST)

Race: Sunday September 16, 2010 local time (1310 BST)

Where does the Singapore Grand Prix take place?

Run over 61 laps of the 5.065km Marina Bay circuit, the Singapore Grand Prix was the first night race in F1’s history and made its debut in 2008.

The design includes powerful lighting systems which replicate daylight conditions and the most stringent safety protocols will be applied to ensure driver and spectator safety. In addition, the race is run in an anti-clockwise direction to enhance safety.

Changes were made to the track ahead of the 2009 race. Turn One has been modified to the geometry to reduce corner speed so that it provides potential overtaking opportunities in the braking zone at the approach to the corner.

Turn 13, the tight left-handed hairpin after the historic Anderson Bridge, was amended to increase cornering speed, providing additional speed on Esplanade Drive and increasing the opportunity for overtaking in the braking zone at Turn 14. With the revision, the cars are now likely to reach speeds of approximately 275km/h along Esplanade Drive.

In addition, the geometry of Turn 14 was also modified to improve overtaking opportunities in the braking zone. The changes involved relocating the corner apex to reduce the corner radius and reducing the estimated cornering speed of the cars.

The pit exit was also changed. In 2008 it entered the circuit into the braking zone for Turn One, immediately after the pit wall. But following suggestions from the FIA, the pit lane was realigned and lengthened for 2009, exiting on the drivers’ left at Turn Two, away from the racing line and onto a part of the circuit where the cars will all be accelerating.

Finally, the runoff distances at Turn 22 were reduced, providing better spectator circulation in the area.

Which drivers have won the Singapore Grand Prix?

Past winners of the race since its inception in 2008 are:
2008 Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2009 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2010 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
2011 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2012 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2013 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2014 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2017 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Track Lap Record: 1:48.574 by Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull, 2013)

What are the odds for the Singapore Grand Prix?

Sebastian Vettel is favourite to win the Singapore Grand Prix according to major British bookmaker Bet365.

The leading odds are as follows:

5/4 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

7/2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

4/1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

5/1 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

9/1 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

18-1 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

(Prices correct at 0900 BST on Monday September 10)

 

What are the latest F1 Championship standings?

The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles are as follows:

Drivers’ Championship

Lewis Hamilton – 256 points

Sebastian Vettel – 226 points

Kimi Raikkonen – 164 points

Valtteri Bottas – 159 points

Max Verstappen – 130 points

Daniel Ricciardo – 118 points

Constructors’ Championship

Mercedes – 415 points

Ferrari – 390 points

Red Bull – 248 points

Full F1 championship standings are here

Tyre compounds for the Singapore Grand Prix

F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring three compounds to Monza – the yellow soft tyre, the purple ultrasoft tyre and the pink hypsersoft tyre.

 

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