Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Marina Bay Circuit ahead of the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix!
?? RACE WINNERS
There have been eleven F1 races held so far at the Marina Bay Circuit since it joined the calendar in 2008. From those eleven races, there have been four different winners.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are currently tied on four wins apiece here. Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg are the only other drivers to have taken victory here, meaning that only World Champions have won at the track (though Rosberg hadn’t yet been crowned champion when he won in 2016). Mercedes have more wins here than any other team, with four, while their engines are the most successful here, having powered five victories. German drivers have had more wins at the track than drivers from any other nation, with five wins in total between Vettel and Rosberg.
Vettel and Hamilton are the only drivers to have won back-to-back races at the Marina Bay Circuit. Vettel holds the record for the most consecutive races won here, with three in a row between 2011 and 2013.
There has never been a streak of more than three different winners in consecutive years here, though that’s happened twice. Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel won in consecutive years between 2009 and 2011, while Hamilton, Vettel and Rosberg took victories in the years between 2014 and 2016.
The largest win margin in Singapore came in 2013, when Vettel won by 32.627 seconds. Meanwhile, the smallest win margin came in 2010, when Alonso won by finishing just 0.293 seconds ahead of Vettel.
There have been six occasions where the Singapore Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds, including four times in the past five years. There have only been two occasions (2013 and 2014) where the win margin was larger than ten seconds.
From the eleven Singapore Grands Prix held so far at the Marina Bay Circuit, the average win margin has been 7.743 seconds.
?? ON THE PODIUM
Eleven different drivers have finished on the Singapore Grand Prix podium since 2008.
Lewis Hamilton has more podium finishes here than any other driver, with seven, while Red Bull are the team with the most top three finishes at the circuit. They’ve appeared on the podium twelve times, and have finished in the top three in every season since 2010. German drivers have had more podium finishes here than any other nation, with ten compared to Britain’s eight.
There are six drivers on the 2019 grid who’ve previously finished on the Singapore Grand Prix podium. Lewis Hamilton has seven appearances, Sebastian Vettel six, Daniel Ricciardo has finished on the podium four times, Kimi Raikkonen twice and Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas each have a single podium finish here.
There have been three occasions where the polesitter has failed to finish on the podium here. Hamilton and Vettel each retired from the race having started from pole in 2012 and 2017 respectively, while Felipe Massa finished a lowly thirteenth after a disastrous race in 2008. Aside from these three instances, the polesitter has always gone on to win the race here.
The furthest back grid position which a podium finish has come from at the Marina Bay Circuit is fifteenth – the position which Fernando Alonso won from in 2008.
There have been four races at the track where all of the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish on the podium. In 2015, 2016 and 2018, the top three finished in the order they started.
Five different drivers have taken a pole position at the Marina Bay Circuit. Vettel and Hamilton are tied for the most, with four apiece. Ferrari are the team with the most poles here, having set the Saturday pace on five occasions. German drivers have more poles here than any other nation, with five compared to Britain’s four.
Vettel and Hamilton are the only drivers on the 2019 grid who’ve previously taken pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix.
No driver has taken back-to-back poles at the Marina Bay Circuit. Lewis Hamilton could become the first to do so in 2019.
The largest gap between the fastest and slowest cars in qualifying here came in 2010, when Fernando Alonso’s pole time was 8.784 seconds quicker than Bruno Senna’s time for 23rd on the grid. The smallest gap between fastest and slowest cars came in the previous year, when the fastest Q2 time was just 2.595 seconds faster than Vitantonio Liuzzi’s lap time for last on the grid.
The largest pole margin at the track was 0.664 seconds, the margin by which Felipe Massa took pole in 2008. Meanwhile, the smallest pole margin came in 2014, when Nico Rosberg claimed pole by just 0.007 seconds.
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth of a second three times at the Marina Bay Circuit.
From the eleven Singapore Grands Prix held so far, the average pole margin at the track has been 0.332 seconds.
?? SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
Eight of the eleven races held here so far have been won from pole position, while the remaining three have been won from third or further back on the grid. Sebastian Vettel’s 2012 win came from third on the grid, Lewis Hamilton started fifth and took victory in 2017, while Fernando Alonso started all the way back in fifteenth when he won the inaugural race here in 2008.
A driver starting from second on the grid has never gone on to win here.
The polesitter has never finished on the podium without winning the Grand Prix.
?? SUNDAY STATS
There is yet to be a Singapore Grand Prix which hasn’t featured a Safety Car period. The most number of Safety Car stints in one race here is three, which happened in 2017.
The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix is the only race here so far to have been affected by rain.
Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton all currently share the record for most fastest laps at the Marina Bay Circuit, with two each.
From the 236 cars which have started a race at the track, 179 have crossed the finish line, giving an overall finish rate of 75.85%.
The most cars to finish a race here is twenty, which happened in 2011. The least number of cars to reach the chequered flag in a Singapore Grand Prix is twelve, which happened in 2017.
There is yet to be a red-flagged Singapore Grand Prix.
So far there have been 665 racing laps of the Marina Bay Circuit in F1’s history.
?? CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
There is yet to be a World Champion crowned as a result of the Singapore Grand Prix.
The winner of the Singapore Grand Prix has gone on to win the title in the same season on seven occasions, including seven times in the last eight years.
Mark Webber in 2010 and Fernando Alonso in 2012 are the only drivers who have failed to win the championship having led it after the Singapore Grand Prix. In the Constructors’ Championship, only McLaren in 2008 have failed to go on to win the championship having led it after the Singapore event.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.