1074th F1 GRAND PRIX | 21st SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX | 13th GRAND PRIX AT MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT
2019 POLESITTER: CHARLES LECLERC | 2019 WINNER: SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Formula 1’s original night race returns in 2022. The Singapore Grand Prix was first held back in 2008. The 2022 Singapore Grand Prix is set to take place on September 30 – October 2.
Friday 30th September
Free Practice 1 – 6:00pm Local Time / 11:00am UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 9:00pm Local Time / 2:00pm UK Time
Saturday 1st October
Free Practice 3 – 6:00pm Local Time / 11:00am UK Time
Qualifying- 9:00pm Local Time / 2:00pm UK Time
Sunday 2nd October
The 2022 Singapore Grand Prix – 8:00pm Local Time / 1:00pm UK Time
- Fernando Alonso makes his 350th race start this weekend, overtaking Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have started the most races in F1 history.
- Kevin Magnussen will make his 96th start with the Haas team this weekend. That sees him equal Romain Grosjean as the driver to have started the most races with the American team.
- Max Verstappen has won all of the last five races. Should he win the Italian Grand Prix, he would become only the fifth driver in Formula 1 history to have won six consecutive races. It would be the first time a driver has won six races in a row since Nico Rosberg won all seven between the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix and the 2016 Russian Grand Prix.
- If Lewis Hamilton wins this weekend, he will once again equal Sebastian Vettel’s record tally of Singapore Grand Prix wins. The pair were previously tied for most wins at the event, until Vettel took his fifth win at the track in 2019.
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WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO SINGAPORE?
Details of track changes since the last race will be added here.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE 2022 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX?
It’s yet to be announced how many DRS zones there will be at the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix.
MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT TRACK GUIDE
The Marina Bay Circuit holds one of Formula 1’s most spectacular weekends as the cars glisten under the streetlights in Singapore, the home of the sport’s original night race.
Singapore was one of two new street tracks introduced as part of the 2008 Formula One season. Whereas Valencia was ditched from the calendar after the 2012 event, Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore remains on the calendar and the challenge of competing here is much loved by drivers, teams and fans alike. The 23-turn track was originally designed by Herman Tilke before being modified by KBR Inc., an American engineering company. The area of land which the circuit occupies is 799,000 square metres, which is the equivalent of 80 football pitches.
The Marina Bay Circuit passes by many of Singapore’s landmarks such as the Fullerton Hotel, the Anderson Bridge and, of course, the striking Singapore Flyer which opened in the same year as the first Grand Prix here. The track has numerous unique features, including the fact that it is the only track which goes under a section of grandstand – between Turns 18 and 19. The corners are referred to by number here, though some do have names. Turn 1 is named ‘Sheares’ and Turn 7 is named ‘Memorial’. The names were given to the corners as part of a local competition in March 2009, but they are rarely used.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The drivers appearing in the press conference for this race are yet to be announced.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
It has not yet been announced who will be the race director at the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is yet to be announced.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C3, C4 and C5 compounds for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX?
Charles Leclerc took a third consecutive pole position, but it was Sebastian Vettel who took a record-breaking fifth Singapore Grand Prix victory.
Charles Leclerc dominated in qualifying, securing a third consecutive pole position and starting alongside Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel on the first lap, but was able to stay ahead. Further back, Carlos Sainz picked up a puncture following contact with Nico Hulkenberg. Vettel and Max Verstappen were first of the front runners to pit, with Leclerc pitting from the lead on the next lap. But Vettel’s pace advantage saw him pull off the undercut, much to Leclerc’s dismay.
As the two Mercedes pitted, Antonio Giovinazzi found himself in the lead of the race for Alfa Romeo, but Vettel soon found a way past the Italian. Another Renault made contact, this time Daniel Ricciardo on former race leader Giovinazzi. The Australian picked up a puncture as a result.
The Safety Car came out following contact between Romain Grosjean and George Russell, with the Williams driver recording the first retirement of his career. Lance Stroll picked up a puncture after the restart, while Sergio Perez pulled off in the other Racing Point after being ordered to stop by the team.
Kimi Raikkonen was then forced out of the race following a collision with Daniil Kvayt, bringing out the Safety Car once more. Vettel was unphased by the restarts, keeping his cool to claim his first win of the season. Leclerc and Verstappen completed the podium, while Kevin Magnussen picked up the Fastest Lap at the event for the second year in a row.