The Singapore Grand Prix first appeared on the Formula 1 calendar in 2008. In the 14 races since, there’s yet to be a race at the track which has not featured at least one Safety Car period. Here’s a list of every Safety Car deployment at the Singapore Grand Prix!
2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 15
The first Safety Car deployment at Marina Bay Circuit came just 15 laps into the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. One of the more famous Safety Car periods in Formula 1 history came as a result of Nelson Piquet Jnr crashing. One year later, it emerged that the crash was deliberate, Piquet having been ordered to do so by his team in order to help Fernando Alonso’s race strategy. Alonso went on to win the race.
2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 50
There were two Safety Car outings in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. On Lap 50, Felipe Massa ran wide at the entrance to Turn 18. As he made his way back on track, Adrian Sutil collided with the barrier in the same spot.
2009 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 20
Adrian Sutil and Nick Heidfeld collided at Turn 14 on Lap 20 of the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix. Sutil spun and collected the back of the BMW Sauber, eliminating Heidfeld from the race.
2010 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 3
Vitantonio Liuzzi stopped out on track with mechanical issues on the third lap of the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix, necessitating a Safety Car period.
2010 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 32
Kamui Kobayashi crashed at Turn 18 and Bruno Senna then crashed into the stationary BMW Sauber.
2011 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 30
The Safety Car made a single appearance in the 2011 Singapore Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher crashed out of the race, getting airborne after contact with Sergio Perez.
2012 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 33
Narain Karthikeyan crashed at Turn 18, taking the front right wheel off his car and stopping on track.
2012 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 40
Just a few laps after the Safety Car returned to the pit lane, it was out again – this time after a collision between Michael Schumacher and Jean-Eric Vergne. Schumacher locked up and crashed into the back of the Toro Rosso, in a similar incident to his race-ending crash in Singapore one year previously.
2013 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 25
Daniel Ricciardo crashed his Toro Rosso at Turn 18, leading to the only Safety Car deployment of the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix.
2014 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 31
The longest Safety Car period at the Singapore Grand Prix to date, lasting for seven laps, occurred in the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix. Sergio Perez lost his front wing, leaving debris all over the track. Perez had made contact with the Sauber of Adrian Sutil. Unfortunately for Perez, he had just made a pit stop at the time of the incident.
2015 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 13
When he was emerging from the pit lane, Felipe Massa made contact with Nico Hulkenberg through the opening corners. Hulkenberg was eliminated from the race, requiring a VSC call out. The VSC ran for over five minutes before it became a full Safety Car period, in order to clear the debris and crane the Force India car away.
2015 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 37
The Safety Car was called on Lap 37 of the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix due to a fan walking at the side of the track. 27-year-old Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia was sentenced to six weeks in jail as a result of his intrusion.
2016 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 1
One of the quickest Safety Car call outs in Formula 1 history came just metres into the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix. Contact away from the grid led to Nico Hulkenberg spearing into the pit wall. The Safety Car led the drivers through the pit lane while his car was cleared away.
2017 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 1
Max Verstappen was pincered by the two Ferraris at the start of the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix, resulting in contact. Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen were out on the spot, while polesitter Sebastian Vettel retired after spinning out further around the lap. Fernando Alonso was tagged in the melee and was also out of the race.
2017 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 11
Daniil Kvyat crashed into the barriers in the damp conditions, leading to the Safety Car being called out for a second time in the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix.
2017 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 38
There was a third Safety Car outing in the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. Marcus Ericsson spun on the bridge on Lap 38, leaving him pointing in the wrong direction.
2018 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 1
For the third year in a row, the Safety Car was called on the opening lap of the Singapore Grand Prix. In 2018, it was due to contact between Racing Point team-mates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, eliminating the latter from the race.
2019 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 36
The Safety Car made its first of three appearances in the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix on Lap 36. George Russell hit the wall after contact with Romain Grosjean.
2019 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 44
Sergio Perez stopped trackside on Lap 44 of the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, leading to the second Safety Car deployment of the race.
2019 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 50
Kimi Raikkonen retired with a broken wheel following contact with Daniil Kvyat on Lap 50 of the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, leading to the third Safety Car appearance of the race.
2022 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 8
Nicholas Latifi and Zhou Guanyu made contact on Lap 8 of the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, leaving Zhou stranded in the Turn 4 run-off area.
2022 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 22
Engine issues saw Fernando Alonso stop on track, leading to a VSC period. The VSC was deployed for just over three minutes in total.
2022 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 26
The VSC was called after Alex Albon made contact with the barriers, losing his front wing and leaving debris on track. He was able to continue back to the pits but then stopped in his pit box and retired from the race. The VSC period lasted 90 seconds.
2022 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 36
Yuki Tsunoda collided with the barriers on Lap 36 of the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix, leading to a full Safety Car period.
2023 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 20
The first interruption in the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix came on Lap 20 when, following a brush with the wall, Logan Sargeant left debris scattered on the circuit. The Safety Car was called out while the messed was cleared away, though the Williams driver was able to reach the end of the race.
2023 Singapore Grand Prix, Lap 43
After slowing on the straight, Esteban Ocon came to a halt near the pit exit at Turn 1, retiring from the race on his birthday on the 43rd lap. The Virtual Safety Car was called while the Alpine car was pushed to safety.