F1 Grid Slot Statistics: Singapore Grand Prix

Only four grid slots have previously won at Marina Bay Street Circuit, while sixth is the only one yet to record a retirement. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of each grid slot at the Singapore Grand Prix!


THE STATS IN BRIEF

  • Polesitter has won all but 4 races
  • 6th has never retired
  • 7th has not scored since 2016
  • All top 8 grid slots have finished on podium
  • 19th and 20th never scored

THE OVERVIEW

GridLast WinLast PodiumLast PointsLast DNFBest FinishPoints %
120182019201920171st75%
2-2018201920172nd82%
320192019201920131st67%
4-2019201920172nd67%
520172017201920151st92%
6-20172019-2nd92%
7-2013201620172nd67%
8-2008201920172nd58%
9--201920186th58%
10--201920164th58%
11--201920155th55%
12--201820195th50%
13-2013201820173rd42%
14--201720147th42%
1520082008201720191st58%
16--2015201710th8%
17--201620148th17%
18--201720198th8%
19---200812th0%
20---201712th0%

With the polesitter having won eight of the twelve Singapore Grands Prix held at the Marina Bay Circuit, it seems that it really does pay to be on pole here. Lewis Hamilton’s retirement in 2012 and Sebastian Vettel’s first lap collision in 2017 are the only times that the polesitter has failed to finish the race here. Felipe Massa and Charles Leclerc are the only other Singapore polesitters to fail to win. Despite being in control for the opening laps of the race, a pit-stop incident for Massa in which the Brazilian dragged the fuel hose down the pit-lane saw him finish the race in a lowly thirteenth place. Leclerc finished as runner-up in the last race here, in 2019.


Strangely, the two years where the polesitter has retired are also the only two years where the driver starting from second on the grid has also failed to finish. No driver has ever won from second on the grid. There have been six podium finishes from this grid slot. In addition to its two non-finishes, Nico Rosberg had to start from the pit lane after being scheduled to start from second in 2014. Every time the driver starting here has finished the race, they have scored.


In all of the last six races, the driver starting from third place has finished on the podium. Sebastian Vettel won from this grid slot in both 2012 and 2019. This grid slot is tied with pole position for most podium finishes. As with all the top three grid slots, the driver starting third has failed to finish the race on two occasions.


With third place in 2019, Max Verstappen recorded the third podium finish from fourth on the grid at the Singapore Grand Prix. The previous two podium results were both second place finishes, iin 2012 and 2014. There have been three retirements from fourth on the grid, in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Robert Kubica’s eleventh place finish in 2008 is the only other time that the driver starting here has failed to score.


Fifth on the grid has supplied points in the second-most Singapore Grands Prix, with the driver starting here only failing to score twice. The grid slot has given four podium finishes, including Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 win. Hamilton is also the only driver to have retired from this grid slot, his race ending prematurely in 2015 due to power unit issues. Other than that, Heikki Kovalainen’s tenth place finish in 2008 is the only other time this grid slot has failed to pick up points.


Grid slot number six is the only position in the top twenty to have never retired at this circuit. The position has given two podium finishes: a second place for Timo Glock in 2009, and third for Valtteri Bottas in 2017. Sixth on the grid has scored points in all but one Singapore Grand Prix. That was in 2016, when Carlos Sainz finished fourteenth having started from here, while Felipe Massa’s ninth place finish in 2011 is the only other time a driver starting here has lost positions during the race.


The driver starting seventh has not scored at the Singapore Grand Prix since 2016. The grid slot has had one podium finish, with second place for Fernando Alonso in 2013. The only retirement from this position so far was for Nico Hulkenberg in 2017.


The driver starting from eighth has retired from two of the last four Singapore Grands Prix. While Nico Rosberg finished as runner-up from this grid slot in 2008. such fortune hasn’t come this position’s way since, with seventh being its second-best result. The driver starting here finished seventh in four of the five races here between 2009 and 2013, but since then the position has failed to gain a place in the Grand Prix, and has only scored twice.


The driver starting ninth has finished three of the last four Singapore Grands Prix, all three resulting in seventh place finishes. There have been more retirements from this grid slot than from any other in top ten, with four non-finishes in total. The best result from here is sixth, recorded by Nick Heidfeld and Rubens Barrichello in the first two races at the circuit.


The driver starting tenth at the Singapore Grand Prix has finished where they started in each of the last two Marina Bay races. Before that, in 2017, Carlos Sainz recorded the best ever result from this grid slot with fourth place. The grid slot has scored in exactly half of the races here and has retired three times.


Eleventh on the grid has supplied points finishes in all of the last three Singapore Grands Prix. The best result from here is fifth, recorded by Jenson Button in 2009. There have been three retirements from eleventh on the grid. In addition, Jaime Alguersuari was due to line up eleventh on the grid in 2010, but started from the pit lane following a coolant leak before the race.


In the last six races at Marina Bay Street Circuit, the driver starting twelfth at the Singapore Grand Prix has retired three times but has also scored three times. Those three times include a best ever finish of fifth for Sergio Perez in 2017.


Thirteenth is one of only two positions outside of the top eight to have scored a podium finish at the Singapore Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen finished third having started here in 2013. Between 2012 and 2015 the driver lining up thirteenth never failed to score. Since then, Charles Leclerc’s ninth place in 2018 is the only time that this grid slot has scored points. There have been three retirements from this grid slot; two in the first two races here and one for Daniil Kvyat in 2017.


The driver starting fourteenth has not scored in the Singapore Grand Prix since 2017. In total, fourteenth on the grid has finished in the top ten on five occasions at the Marina Bay Circuit, with a best result of seventh for Timo Glock in the first race here. There have been two retirements from fourteenth on the grid, in 2010 and 2014.


The driver starting from fifteenth has scored points on seven occasions – that’s the most times for any grid slot outside the top seven. The furthest back win at the circuit came from this position, somewhat controversially, as Fernando Alonso took victory in the first Singapore Grand Prix. From the four occasions where the driver starting here has failed to score, three have been DNFs (for Adrian Sutil in 2009, Jenson Button in 2015 and Sergio Pere in 2019).


The sixteenth grid slot had the unluckiest start to life at the Singapore Grand Prix. In all of the first five races here, the driver starting sixteenth failed to finish the race. While the DNF rate hasn’t been quite that high since, with only one DNF in the last seven races, the sixteenth grid slot has only scored points once at the Marina Bay Circuit. Felipe Nasr, who finished tenth in 2015, is the only driver to pick up a point from this starting position.


The driver starting seventeenth has scored points at the Singapore Grand Prix twice. In 2010, Nico Hulkenberg finished tenth, while the 2016 race resulted in an eighth place finish for Sergio Perez. Retirements from this grid slot are very rare, with Adrian Sutil’s DNF in 2014 being the only time so far that the driver starting here has failed to see the chequered flag.


Lance Stroll’s eighth place in 2017 is the only time so far that the driver starting eighteenth at the Singapore Grand Prix has scored points. All of the first three races here resulted in retirements from eighteenth on the grid, while George Russell recorded the first non-finish from this grid slot since 2010 the last time F1 race here in 2019.


Nineteenth on the grid at the Singapore Grand Prix has never resulted in a points-scoring finish. The best result from this position is Pascal Wehrlein’s twelfth place for Sauber in 2017, though he finished last of the finishers on that day. In more positive news for the driver starting from nineteenth, the position has only failed to finish the race once, and that was all the way back in the first race at the track, in which Adrian Sutil crashed his Force India.


Just like nineteenth, the driver starting twentieth is yet to score a point at the Singapore Grand Prix. Also just like the last grid slot, the best finish from here is also a twelfth place finish, for Timo Glock in 2012. Not only that, but the grid slot is one of only two to have recorded as many as five non-finishes at the track. While there have been three DNFs from this slot, there have also been two occasions that the driver due to start from this position has failed to line up on the grid. Kamui Kobayashi failed to start after his Caterham came to a halt on the formation lap in 2014, while Romain Grosjean failed to even leave his garage as a result of brake problems in 2016.


There have been three pit lane starts at the Singapore Grand Prix. No one has scored points having started from the pit lane here, while Nico Rosberg in 2014 is the only driver to have failed to finish following a pit lane start at the Marina Bay Circuit.


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