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 Street Circuit ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix!
Track length: 4.940km
Race length: 306.143km
Circuit opened: 2008
F1 first visited: 2008
Races held: 14
Track Record: 1:30.984, Carlos Sainz, 2023
Lap Record: 1:35.867, Lewis Hamilton, 2023
There have been 14 F1 races held so far at Marina Bay Street Circuit since it joined the calendar in 2008. When it joined the calendar, the Singapore Grand Prix was the first Formula 1 race to be held at night.
The Singapore Grand Prix was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
From the 14 previous Singapore Grands Prix, there have been six different winners.
Vettel holds the record for most Singapore Grand Prix wins
Sebastian Vettel has the record for most Singapore Grand Prix wins, with five. Lewis Hamilton sits one behind him with four wins. Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz are the only other drivers to have taken victory here.
Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz are the only non-World Champions to have won at the track, though Nico Rosberg hadn’t yet been crowned champion when he won in 2016.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are the only drivers to have won back-to-back races at Marina Bay Street Circuit. Vettel holds the record for the most consecutive races won here, with three Singapore Grand Prix wins in a row between 2011 and 2013.
Carlos Sainz’s win in the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix marked the first time there had been a streak of four different winners at the track.
German drivers have had more wins at the track than drivers from any other nation, with six wins in total between Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.
Two Grand Slams have been recorded in Singapore
Two drivers have recorded Grand Slams at the Singapore Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso did so in 2010, while Sebastian Vettel recorded a Grand Slam at the track in 2013.
Three teams are tied for most Singapore Grand Prix victories
Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari are tied for most team wins in Singapore with four apiece.
Mercedes 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.
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.
The 2010 Singapore Grand Prix was decided by less than 0.3s
The largest win margin in Singapore came in 2013, when Vettel won by 32.627 seconds.
The smallest Singapore Grand Prix 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 nine occasions where the Singapore Grand Prix has been won by less than five seconds, including seven times in the past eight races.
Three races here have been won by less than a second – 2010, 2016 and 2023.
From the 14 Singapore Grands Prix held so far at Marina Bay Street Circuit, the average win margin has been 6.516 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
15 different drivers have stood on the Singapore Grand Prix podium since 2008.
Vettel holds the record for most Singapore Grand Prix podiums
Sebastian Vettel has the record for most podium finishes here, with eight.
There are nine drivers on the current grid who’ve previously finished on the Singapore Grand Prix podium. Lewis Hamilton has seven top three appearances, Fernando Alonso has finished in the top three on five occasions, Daniel Ricciardo four times, Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz twice, and Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Lando Norris each have a single podium finish here.
German drivers have had more podium finishes here than any other nation, with 11 compared to Britain’s ten.
2023 was the first Red Bull-less podium at the Singapore Grand Prix since 2009
Red Bull are the team with the most top three finishes at the circuit. The 2023 Singapore Grand Prix ended a streak of 11 consecutive Marina Bay races in which Red Bull finished with at least one car in the top three.
The Singapore Grand Prix polesitter usually finishes on the podium
There have been only three occasions where the polesitter has failed to finish on the podium here. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel each retired from the race having started from pole in 2012 and 2017 respectively, while Felipe Massa finished a lowly 13th after a disastrous race in 2008.
The furthest back grid position which a podium finish has come from at the Marina Bay Street Circuit is 15th – the position which Fernando Alonso won from in 2008.
There have been four races at the track in which all of the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish on the podium.
In 2015, 2016 and 2018, the top three on the grid finished in the order they started.
Seven different drivers have taken pole position at Marina Bay Street Circuit. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are tied for the most, with four apiece.
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc are the only drivers who’ve previously taken multiple pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix.
In 2022, Leclerc became the first driver to take back-to-back poles at Marina Bay Street Circuit. Ferrari also became the first team to take consecutive pole positions at the Singapore Grand Prix as a result. Carlos Sainz secured a third consecutive Ferrari pole at the Marina Bay circuit in 2023.
Aside from Hamilton and Leclerc, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz are the only other drivers on the current grid who have taken pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix.
German drivers have more poles here than any other nation, with five compared to Britain’s four.
Ferrari have the most poles in Singapore
Ferrari are the team with the most poles here, having set the Saturday pace on seven occasions.
There have been two occasions on which a team has locked out the front row at the Singapore Grand Prix. Red Bull locked out the front row in 2011, while Mercedes did so in 2014. On the latter occasion. Nico Rosberg actually started from the pit lane due to mechanical issues.
The smallest pole margin in Singapore is 0.007s
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 five times at the Marina Bay Street Circuit – in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2022 and 2023.
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 2023, when Carlos Sainz’s fastest Q3 time was just 2.413 seconds faster than Lance Stroll’s lap time for last on the grid.
From the 14 Singapore Grands Prix held so far, the average pole margin at the track has been 0.281 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
Nine of the 14 races held here so far have been won from pole position, while three of the remaining five have been won from third or further back on the grid. Sergio Perez became the first driver to win the Singapore Grand Prix from second on the grid in 2022.
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 15th when he won the inaugural race here in 2008.
In 2019, Charles Leclerc became the first polesitter to finish on the podium at the Singapore Grand Prix without winning. He did so again in 2022.
There have been only two occasions on which the Singapore Grand Prix polesitter did not lead the race at the end of the first lap. Sebastian Vettel crashed out on the first lap in 2017, while Charles Leclerc was second at the end of Lap 1 in 2022.
So far there have been 847 racing laps of the Marina Bay Street Circuit in F1’s history.
From the 295 cars which have started a race at the track, 225 have crossed the finish line, giving an overall finish rate of 79%.
The most cars to finish a race here is 20, which happened in 2011. The fewest number of cars to reach the chequered flag in a Singapore Grand Prix is 12, which happened in 2017.
Every Singapore Grand Prix has featured a Safety Car period
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 2022 Singapore Grand Prix was the first to feature a Virtual Safety Car period. It had three such periods – as well as two full Safety Car outings.
There is yet to be a red-flagged Singapore Grand Prix. Four races at the track (2010, 2014, 2017 and 2022) failed to reach their scheduled distance. All three times this was due to the race reaching the two hour time limit.
The Singapore Grand Prix has been affected by rain twice – in 2017 and 2022. The start of the 2022 race was delayed by over an hour due to the weather conditions.
Lewis Hamilton has the record for most fastest laps in Singapore
Nine different drivers have set the fastest lap at the Singapore Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen were all tied for the record for most fastest laps at Marina Bay Street Circuit, with two each until 2023, when Hamilton set the fastest lap for a third time.
Vettel has led the most laps in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel holds the record for most laps led in Singapore, having spent 252 laps at the front of the field.
14 drivers have led laps at Marina Bay Street Circuit in total, including eight drivers who have never won here. Charles Leclerc holds the record for most laps led in Singapore without a win, having spent 19 laps at the front of the field.
There have been seven occasions on which a driver has led every lap of the Singapore Grand Prix.
The fewest laps led en-route to victory at the Singapore Grand Prix is 28. That’s how many laps Fernando Alonso led in the first Marina Bay race in 2008.
The highest number of drivers to lead a lap in the Singapore Grand Prix is four, which has happened three times: in 2008, 2018 and 2019.
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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 11 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.