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The final street circuit for the season. Also, the toughest circuit on the calendar.
The 14th grand prix in 2012 Formula 1 will be coming to Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit. It is known as the toughest circuit of the year which requires maximum downforce setup for the car and maximum concentration for the drivers to negotiate all 23 corners in one lap.
The track will be a whopping 309.316 km race distance of 61 laps and due to the low average speed of the circuit, it is one of the longest race in the season for about 2 hours of battle on the track. One of the unique chicane in Marina Bay Street Circuit is the Singapore Sling at Turn 10 which is being described as the worst corner in F1 by Lewis Hamilton. The high and harsh kerbs may damage the suspension and pitch the cars into the wall. The bumpy surface combined with the hot and humid weather makes the circuit twice as hard to negotiate as the Monaco street circuit. If it rains, the absence of sunlight will cause the track to dry up more slowly and add some unpredictability to the race.
Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tyres and P Zero Red super-soft tyres will be used in Singapore where traction is the main priority here. The track is hard on tyres so a three-stop strategy is expected for most of the teams. McLaren may have an advantage here due to its lightning pit stop which is about 1 second faster than most of the teams. The deployment of safety car is almost a “tradition” in Singapore which means strategy have to be very flexible to take advantage of it.
McLaren is on a winning streak since Hungary and all eyes are on Lewis Hamilton challenging Fernando Alonso where he is 37 points off the lead. At this moment, every win counts and may decide whether Lewis Hamilton will stay in McLaren. Not to mention, currently on the drivers’ standings, there is a one-point-difference between 3 world champions which makes Singapore Grand Prix more exciting than before. Kimi Raikkonen, the lap record holder, says that he has some unfinished business there. Maybe we will witness his first victory in Singapore since his comeback in 2012?
Lap Record : 1:45.599 – Kimi Raikkonen (2008)
Click here to see the pictures of Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit on normal days before race weekend.
It’s 3 months more to the fifth Formula 1 night race in history, Singapore Grand Prix on 21-23 September 2012. Here are some photos of the street circuit under construction.
You can click here to view the photos of Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit on normal days.
The official Singapore GP app is now available to download from Google Play (Android 2.2 or above) and iTunes App Store (iOS 4.0 or later). The app allows you to get the latest news on the only night race in F1 from race promoter Singapore GP and also the latest F1 World Championship results and driver standings. Besides, you can also take part in the contests and purchase 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix tickets using the app. The gallery section features a wide gallery of exclusive photos, videos and wallpapers for download. In 21, 22, 23 September 2012, you can use this app to get tips on how to enhance your experience at the Circuit Park, get the latest entertainment event schedule, plan your day around the Circuit Park and obtain information on navigating in and out of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
You can view the photos of Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit on normal days here.
There are 10 more races until the 2012 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on 21-23 September 2012. The circuit hosted the first night race in Formula 1’s history. The track is 5.073 km long in a harbourside location similar to Monaco and Valencia and it consists of public roads and temporary track sections (Turn 16 to Turn 19 & Turn 20 to Turn 3) around the CBD area. The circuit is very unique that it is being surrounded by many world-renowned attractions like the Esplanade, The Float @ Marina Bay, The Helix Bridge, ArtScience Museum, Singapore Flyer, Gardens By The Bay, War Memorial Park, Raffles Landing Site, The Asian Civilisation Museum, Merlion Park and hotels like Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Bay Sands, Pan Pacific, Marina Mandarin, Swissôtel The Stamford and The Fullerton Hotel. There are several corners being named specially such as Turn 1 named after the second President of Singapore and Turn 10 named after a world famous cocktail from Singapore.