Six drivers have a 100% finish rate in Singapore, three drivers have a 100% Q3 appearance rate at the Marina Bay Circuit and only Gasly and Leclerc have won every qualifying battle against a team-mate at the track. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Singapore Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has appeared in all eleven of the Singapore Grands Prix held so far and has won four times, sharing the record for most wins with Sebastian Vettel. He’s had a further two podium finishes at the Marina Bay Circuit, with third place finishes in 2008 and 2016. He also shares the record for most DNFs at the track, with three in total – from 2010, 2012 and 2015. Hamilton has a 100% Q3 appearance rate at this track and has taken pole on four occasions. His only other front row start came in 2008. Last season marked the first time he’s lined up on the front row for the Singapore Grand Prix since 2014. 2011, 2013 and 2016 are the only years where Hamilton has been out-qualified by a team-mate at this circuit. The 2017 event is the only race in Singapore where Hamilton has finished in a better position than where he started from. He has led at least one lap of all of the last three Marina Bay races.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas has scored points on three of his six Singapore Grand Prix appearances. He finished on the podium for the only time so far at the track in 2017. He recorded his only DNF at the circuit in 2016. Bottas has reached Q3 at the Marina Bay Circuit on four occasions, and qualified a best of fourth last year. He’s out-qualified a team-mate on three occasions in Singapore, but is yet to beat Lewis Hamilton during their time together at Mercedes. 2014 is the only season where Bottas finished the Singapore Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started it from.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Aside from his DNF on the opening lap in 2017, Sebastian Vettel has never failed to finish in the top five at the Singapore Grand Prix He’s won four races here, and finished on the podium for six consecutive seasons between 2010 and 2015. Last season, Vettel finished the race in third place for the first time. The Ferrari driver was unable to take part in qualifying in 2016, but that’s the only time he’s failed to qualify in the top seven at this circuit. He has taken pole on four occasions and started from the front row six times. 2014 and 2016 are the only years where Vettel has been beaten by a team-mate in qualifying at the Marina Bay Circuit. 2009 is the only year that Vettel has finished in a lower position than he started in Singapore. The German has led 221 laps at the track, but none since his last win at the circuit in 2015.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
On his first Singapore Grand Prix appearance in 2018, Charles Leclerc scored two points by finishing in ninth place with Sauber. He moved up four positions in the race, having qualified in thirteenth. He was eliminated in Q2, but beat his team-mate’s lap time.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen appeared on the Singapore Grand Prix podium for the first time in 2018. Before that, he had two points scoring races at the Marina Bay Circuit and a DNF on the first lap in 2017 after contact with the Ferraris. Verstappen has never failed to qualify in the top eight at the circuit, and has qualified on the front row in each of the last two seasons. 2016 is the only year where the Dutchman was out-qualified by a team-mate at the track. Verstappen led the Singapore Grand Prix for the first time last year, leading a total of three laps. He’s yet to finish the event in a better position than where he qualified.
🇹🇭 Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon has never raced at the Marina Bay Circuit before.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Last season Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth in the Singapore Grand Prix, ending a streak of three consecutive runner-up finishes at the event. It also ended a streak of four podium finishes, as he’d finished third in the 2014 race. Ricciardo has had only one retirement at the Singapore Grand Prix, which came in 2013. The 2011 race is the only other Marina Bay race where he has failed to score – though that’s unsurprising, given he was driving for HRT at the time. The Australian has led six laps of races at this track – one in 2014 and five in 2018. Ricciardo has lined up on the front row of the grid at the track twice, in 2015 and 2016, and has qualified in the top ten in all of the last six races at the circuit. Max Verstappen is the only team-mate to have beaten Ricciardo in qualifying at the track, having done so in each of the last two seasons. Ricciardo is yet to finish the Singapore Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started from.
🇩🇪 Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg’s run of bad luck at the Singapore Grand Prix finally came to an end last season with a tenth place finish. In all of the three Marina Bay Circuit races before then, he had failed to finish the event. His best finish here is ninth, which he scored in both 2013 and 2014. Hulkenberg has qualified in the top ten in all of the last three seasons at the Singapore Grand Prix, with a best qualifying result of seventh in 2017. The German has out-qualified his team-mate in all of the last five years in Singapore. From the races he’s finished at the track, 2012 is the only one where he’s lost positions from his starting slot.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean is the only driver on the current grid to have recorded a DNS at the Singapore Grand Prix. From his eight appearances so far, he’s failed to finish four times and has scored points only twice, in 2012 and 2017. His best finish at the Marina Bay Circuit came in 2012, when he came home in seventh place. Last season, Grosjean recorded his first Q3 appearance at the track since 2015. His best qualifying result is third, which he recorded in 2012. 2009 is the only year where the Frenchman has been eliminated in Q1 at the track. That’s also one of only two occasions where he’s been out-qualified by a team-mate in Singapore, the other time being in 2016. Last season marked the first time that Grosjean has finished a Singapore Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started from.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has scored two points from his four visits to the Singapore Grand Prix. He has a best finishing position of tenth at the Marina Bay Circuit, which he scored in both 2014 and 2016. He failed to finish the 2017 race and finished a lowly eighteenth in 2018. Magnussen hasn’t qualified in the top ten at the event since his maiden season, where he qualified ninth. He has been eliminated in Q1 in all of the last three years and is yet to out-qualify Romain Grosjean during their time as Haas team-mates. The 2016 Singapore Grand Prix is the only one where the Dane has finished in a better position than where he started.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has a 100% finish rate at the Singapore Grand Prix and scored the best result of his Formula 1 career with fourth place for Toro Rosso in the 2017 event. He has had a further two points finishes, with his fourteenth place in 2016 being the only time he’s failed to score at the Marina Bay Circuit. Sainz has never been eliminated in Q1 at this track, and has qualified in the top ten twice, with a best grid slot of sixth in 2016. The 2016 race is the only one in which he’s lost positions from where he started at this track.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
The 2019 Singapore Grand Prix will be Lando Norris’ first appearance at the Marina Bay Circuit.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez is the driver with the longest current streak of finishes at the Singapore Grand Prix, having reached the end of all of the last eight events. Perez’s 100% points scoring rate at the track came to an end last year, when he finished sixteenth following a scrappy race. He recorded his best finish at the track in the previous season, with fifth place. Despite his strong points scoring record at the track, the Mexican driver has qualified in the top ten only twice at the circuit, Ironically, he recorded a best qualifying result of seventh at the track last season. Last year’s race is the only time that Perez has finished the Singapore Grand Prix in a worse position than where he started. Before that, he was on a streak of five races where he gained at least six positions from his starting slot.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll has a 100% finish rate at the Singapore Grand Prix. He scored four points with an eighth place finish at the track in 2017, but failed to score last season and came home in fourteenth. Stroll has never made it out of Q1 at the track, qualifying a best of eighteenth in 2017. He qualified at the back of the grid last year. Stroll is yet to out-qualify a team-mate at the Singapore Grand Prix. His far back starts mean that he’s picked up places on both Singapore appearances so far. He gained ten places from his starting slot in 2017, and six in 2018.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium twice at the Singapore Grand Prix, with third place finishes in 2013 and 2015. From his nine appearances, he has only failed to score twice – he finished tenth in 2009, and recorded DNFs in 2008 and 2017, both the result of crashes. Raikkonen has qualified in the top seven at all of the last five Singapore Grands Prix, with his best grid slot being third, which he recorded in both 2008 and 2015. Meanwhile, 2009 and 2016 are the only years where the Finn has out-qualified a team-mate at the track. He’s only lost a position on his starting slot once here, in 2014 when he lost one place during the race.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi is yet to race at the Marina Bay Circuit, but made an appearance with Haas in Free Practice 1 for the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat’s previous best result at the Singapore Grand Prix is sixth position, which he scored in 2015. 2016 is the only other time he’s scored points at the track, finishing in ninth place. His last race here, in 2017, ended with a DNF after he crashed into the barriers. 2017 is also the only time Kvyat has failed to qualify in the top ten at the circuit. His best grid slot at the Marina Bay Circuit is fourth, which he claimed in 2015. 2014 is the only season where the Russian has out-qualified a team-mate in Singapore. He has never gained a position from where he started at this track.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly finished thirteenth on his Singapore Grand Prix debut last season. He qualified in fifteenth place, ahead of his team-mate.
🇵🇱 Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica has three previous appearances at the Singapore Grand Prix and scored points twice. He has a 100% finish rate at the circuit, with a best finish of seventh in 2010. The 2010 race is the only event where he gained a position from his starting place at this track. Kubica has never qualified outside of the top nine at the Marina Bay Circuit, with a best grid slot of fourth in 2008. 2009 is the only season where he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell has no previous experience of the Marina Bay Circuit.
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After graduating from the University of Hull 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 fifth 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 GPDestinations. 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.