The Singapore Grand Prix joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2008 as the sport’s first ever night race. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Marina Bay Circuit ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix!
Track length: 5.063km
Race length: 308.706km
Circuit opened: 2008
F1 first visited: 2008
Races held: 12
Track Record: 1:36.015, Lewis Hamilton, 2018
Lap Record: 1:41.905, Kevin Magnussen, 2019
There have been twelve F1 races held so far at the Marina Bay Circuit since it joined the calendar in 2008. The Singapore Grand Prix was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. From the twelve previous Singapore, there have been four different winners.
Sebastian Vettel has the record for most Singapore Grand Prix wins, with five. Lewis Hamilton sits one behind him with four wins. 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. In 2019, Ferrari became the first team to record a 1-2 finish at the Singapore Grand Prix.
German drivers have had more wins at the track than drivers from any other nation, with six 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.
Red Bull and Mercedes share the record for most consecutive team wins at the track, with Red Bull taking three in a row between 2011 and 2013, and Mercedes also taking three in a row between 2016 and 2018.
There has never been a streak of more than three different winners in consecutive years here, though there have been three different consecutive winners 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.
Only two races at the circuit have been won by a margin of more than ten seconds. There have been seven occasions where the Singapore Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds, including five times in the past six races. Two races here have been won by less than a second.
From the twelve Singapore Grands Prix held so far at the Marina Bay Circuit, the average win margin has been 7.318 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
Twelve different drivers have finished on the Singapore Grand Prix podium since 2008.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel share the record for most podium finishes here, with seven apiece, while Red Bull are the team with the most top three finishes at the circuit. They’ve appeared on the podium thirteen times, and have finished in the top three in every race here since 2010. German drivers have had more podium finishes here than any other nation, with eleven compared to Britain’s eight.
There are seven drivers on the current grid who’ve previously finished on the Singapore Grand Prix podium. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel each have seven appearances, Fernando Alonso has finished in the top three on five occasions, Daniel Ricciardo has finished on the podium four times, Max Verstappen twice, and Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc 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.
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.
Six 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 six occasions. German drivers have more poles here than any other nation, with five compared to Britain’s four.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are the only drivers who’ve previously taken multiple pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc are the only other drivers on the current grid to have taken pole position at the track.
No driver has taken back-to-back poles at the Marina Bay Circuit. No team has taken consecutive pole positions here either.
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 is 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 – in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
From the twelve Singapore Grands Prix held so far, the average pole margin at the track has been 0.320 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
Eight of the twelve races held here so far have been won from pole position, while the remaining four have been won from third or further back on the grid. Sebastian Vettel’s 2012 and 2019 wins 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.
In 2019, Charles Leclerc became the first polesitter to finish on the podium at the Singapore Grand Prix without winning.
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 both 2017 and 2019.
The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix is the only race here so far to have been affected by rain.
Eight different drivers have set the fastest lap at the Singapore Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen all currently share the record for most fastest laps at the Marina Bay Circuit, with two each.
From the 256 cars which have started a race at the track, 196 have crossed the finish line, giving an overall finish rate of 76.56%.
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. Three races at the track (2010, 2014 and 2017) failed to reach their scheduled distance. All three times this was due to the race reaching the two hour time limit.
So far there have been 726 racing laps of the Marina Bay Circuit in F1’s history.
There is yet to be a World Champion crowned as a result of the Singapore Grand Prix. There has never been a dead rubber race held in Singapore, and both titles have still been undecided after the conclusion of the Marina Bay race.
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 nine seasons in which the race has been held. Meanwhile, the polesitter at this race has won the title in the same year on six occasions.
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. 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 and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.