Red Bull have finished as runners-up in all of the last five seasons, Palmer has scored Renault’s best result since 2009 and McLaren are on a streak of 7th place finishes. Here’s how the teams’ histories compare at the Marina Bay Circuit!
Although considered to be one of their weaker tracks, Mercedes have won four of the last five Singapore Grands Prix. They’ve scored on every visit to the Marina Bay Circuit, and finished on the podium with both cars in 2016 and 2017. The team have recorded four DNFs in total here, two as a result of Michael Schumacher crashing out of proceedings in 2011 and 2012, and two as a result of electrical failures for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and 2015 respectively. A Mercedes driver has never finished as runner-up in the Singapore Grand Prix.
Mercedes have taken pole in every even-numbered year since 2014, and have qualified in fifth and sixth in the two odd years between. The team have a 100% appearance rate in the final part of qualifying here, with a lowest result of tenth from Nico Rosberg in 2012. 2014 is the only season where Mercedes have locked-out the front row in Singapore, but Rosberg’s car issues saw him starting from the pit-lane that year.
Ferrari have won at the Marina Bay Circuit twice, with Fernando Alonso in 2010 and Sebastian Vettel in 2015. The team failed to score on their first two visits to the track, but since then 2017 has been the only other year in which they’ve failed to take home points from Singapore. Both Ferraris were eliminated on the first lap that year. Aside from 2017, in every year since 2010 every Ferrari car which has reached the end of the race has scored points. The team have taken podiums in five races at the track, including a double podium finish in 2015.
Ferrari were the first team to take pole position at the Marina Bay Circuit, and have enjoyed starting from the front a further three times since then. 2009 is the only year where neither Ferrari driver reached the final part of qualifying at this circuit. In addition to Kimi Raikkonen’s Q2 exit and Giancarlo Fisichella’s Q1 exit that year, the team suffered a futher Q2 elimination with Felipe Massa in 2012, while he and Vettel were both out in Q1 in 2012 and 2016 respectively with gearbox problems.
Red Bull have scored more points in Singapore than any other team and have scored on every visit to the track. They’ve also had more podium finishes here than anyone else, with twelve in total. At least one of their cars has featured on the podium in every season since 2010, including three consecutive wins in 2011, 2012 and 2013. One of their drivers has finished as runner-up here in all of the last five years.
Similarly to in the races, the team have had a car qualify on the front row in all of the last four years, but haven’t taken pole since 2013. 2011 is the only season where Red Bull have locked-out the front row at the track. 2008 is the only year where the team have failed to reach Q3 with both cars, with both David Coulthard and Mark Webber being eliminated in Q2.
Renault’s only win at the Singapore Grand Prix came under controversial circumstances in 2008, as Nelson Piquet Jnr was instructed to crash in order to give victory to Fernando Alonso. Alonso also finished on the podium in the following season for the team. Since their return to the sport in 2016, Renault’s best result here has come courtesy of Jolyon Palmer, who finished sixth in the 2017 race. Last year marked the first time both Renault cars finished in the points at the track, with Carlos Sainz finishing eighth and Nico Hulkenberg coming home in tenth place.
Renault have only ever qualified in the top ten four times at the circuit, with Alonso securing their best qualifying position here all the way back in 2009 with sixth on the grid. Renault suffered their only double Singapore Q1 exit in 2016, but Nico Hulkenberg has reached Q3 in each of the last two years for the team.
Romain Grosjean’s ninth place finish in the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix is the only time a Haas car has scored so far at this event. The team have recorded non-finishes here twice, with Kevin Magnussen retiring from the 2017 race, while Grosjean failed to even make the start of the 2016 Grand Prix. Last year, Grosjean and Magnussen finished a lowly 15th and 18th respectively.
In 2018, Grosjean became the first Haas driver to reach the final part of qualifying in Singapore. In each of the last two years, the team have seen Magnussen eliminated in Q1. Grosjean’s eighth place in qualifying last year is the only time a Haas car has qualified above 14th so far at the track.
Lewis Hamilton’s win at the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix is the only time McLaren have taken victory so far at the circuit. They last featured on the podium here when Jenson Button finished as runner-up in 2012. The team have scored in every race at the track except the 2015 event, in which they suffered a double DNF. 2018 marked the first time since 2013 that both McLarens reached the end of the race at the Marina Bay Circuit. A McLaren driver has finished in seventh place in all of the last three races at the track.
2018 marked only the second time, after 2015, that neither McLaren driver reached the final part of qualifying at the Singapore Grand Prix. Stoffel Vandoorne also recorded McLaren’s first Q1 exit at the track last year, with their worst ever qualifying position of 18th. McLaren have taken two poles at the track in 2009 and 2012, both with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. Their only other front row qualification here also came courtesy of Hamilton in 2008. McLaren’s last pole in 2012 is also the last time one of their cars qualified inside the top seven here.
Racing Point (Force India)
Force India have the exact same finish rate at the Marina Bay Circuit as McLaren. Last season marked the first time since 2009 that neither Force India car scored at the track, with Esteban Ocon retiring following contact with team-mate Sergio Perez, who could only finish sixteenth. The team’s best finish here came in 2012, when Paul di Resta scored an impressive fourth place result.
Last season marked only the third time, after 2011 and 2016, that both Force India cars reached the final part of qualifying at this track. No Force India driver has been eliminated in Q1 here since Paul di Resta in 2013. The Scottish driver is also to thank for the team’s best qualifying result so far at this track, taking sixth place in 2012.
Alfa Romeo (Sauber)
From their twenty entries at the track, Sauber have scored only eleven points, with their best finish coming at the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. Sixth place for Nick Heidfeld in 2008 is the team’s best result so far, and they have never finished higher than eighth since then. The team have suffered two double DNFs at the track, in 2010 and 2014.
In the last eight seasons, Esteban Gutiérrez, who qualified tenth in 2013, is the only Sauber driver to have reached the final part of qualifying at this circuit. The team recorded double Q1 exits in both 2015 and 2017, but both cars reached Q2 for the first time since 2013 last season. Robert Kubica’s fourth place on the grid in 2008 is Sauber’s best qualifying result here.
In 2018, Toro Rosso ended a four year streak of points-scoring races at the Singapore Grand Prix. The team have had two appearances in the top five here, with Sebastian Vettel finishing fifth in 2008 and Carlos Sainz taking fourth in 2017. Daniil Kvyat’s crash in 2017 is the only time a Toro Rosso car has failed to finish here in the last five seasons, while the team recorded their only double non-finish at the track in 2009.
2016 is the only season so far where both Toro Rosso drivers have reached the final part of qualifying and qualified in the top ten. Carlos Sainz recorded the team’s best qualifying showing so far at the track in that season, with sixth on the grid. Last season saw the team record a Q1 exit here for the first time since 2009 and the team ended a five-year streak of getting one of their cars into Q3.
Nico Rosberg scored Williams’ best result so far in the Singapore Grand Prix at the very first race here in 2008, where he finished as runner-up to Fernando Alonso. Since then, Williams have appeared in the top five only twice here, in 2014 and 2015 with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas each finishing fifth. 2008 and 2010 are the only seasons where both Williams drivers have finished in the points at the Marina Bay track. Last year, Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin finished fourteenth and nineteenth respectively.
Williams have suffered two double Q1 exits in both of the last two seasons at the Singapore Grand Prix. Before that, their only other Q1 exit here had been for Pastor Maldonado in 2013. Maldonado is also to thank for Williams’ only front row appearance here, having qualified in second in 2012. A Williams driver hasn’t qualified in the top ten here since 2015.
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. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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