Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore stats and facts

Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore stats and facts

10.09.2017: Marina Bay Street Circuit SINGAPORE ē Total number of race laps: 61

Marina Bay Street Circuit
SINGAPORE




•    Total number of race laps: 61 


•    Complete race distance: 308.828 kilometers (191.897 miles)


•    Pit lane speed limit: 60 kph (37 mph)



•    This 5.065-kilometer (3.147-mile), 23-turn circuit has hosted Formula One since 2008, with last year’s Singapore Grand Prix serving as the venue’s ninth grand prix.



•    Daniel Ricciardo holds the race lap record at Marina Bay Street Circuit (1:47.187), set in 2016 with Red Bull.



•    Nico Rosberg holds the qualifying lap record at Marina Bay Street Circuit (1:42.584), set in 2016 with Mercedes in Q3.



•    The Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit debuted in 2008, making history as the first night race in Formula One. Today, Singapore is one of three night races on the Formula One schedule, with Bahrain and Abu Dhabi joining the fold. Singapore’s debut was massively successful and remains hugely popular among drivers and fans alike, which explains why it’s no longer the only night race in Formula One.



With the famous Singapore skyline serving as a backdrop, the Marina Bay Street Circuit boasts one of the most spectacular environments in Formula One. Powerful lighting systems allow drivers to clearly navigate the track while providing fans a heightened sense of speed with sparks flying from the cars’ underbodies and the lights reverberating from their sinewy shapes. The harborside location makes Singapore a modern-day Monaco, and its 23 turns are the most of any Formula One venue.




•    DYK? The Singapore Grand Prix is the longest race of the year in terms of duration. Every Formula One race at Marina Bay Street Circuit has come to within four minutes of the mandated two-hour time limit. Two races have been cut short of the scheduled 61-lap distance because of this limit – 2012 (59 laps) and 2014 (60 laps).



 The longest Formula One race at Marina Bay Street Circuit was the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix, which eclipsed the two-hour time limit by 1 minute and 22 seconds. When the time limit comes into play, the leader is shown the checkered flag when he crosses the start/finish line at the end of the lap following the lap in which the two-hour period ended.




•    During the course of the Singapore Grand Prix, lows will range from 25-26 degrees Celsius (77-78 degrees Fahrenheit) to highs of 29-30 degrees Celsius (85-86 degrees Fahrenheit). Relative humidity ranges from 62 percent (mildly humid) to 92 percent (very humid), with a dew point varying from 22 degrees Celsius/72 degrees Fahrenheit (very muggy) to 26 degrees Celsius/78 degrees Fahrenheit (oppressive).



The dew point is rarely below 21 degrees Celsius/69 degrees Fahrenheit (muggy) or above 27 degrees Celsius/80 degrees Fahrenheit (very oppressive). Typical wind speeds vary from 0-18 kph/0-11 mph (calm to gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 21 kph/13 mph (moderate breeze).
 





 •    Pirelli is bringing three tire compounds to Singapore:


o    P Zero Yellow soft – less grip, less wear (used for long-race stints)


-  This is one of the most frequently used tires in Pirelli’s range, as it strikes a balance between performance and durability, with the accent on performance. It is still geared toward speed rather than long distances, but it remains capable of providing teams with a competitive advantage at the beginning of the race where cars are carrying a full fuel load, and at the end of the race where the fuel load is much lighter and the race effectively becomes a sprint. It is a high working-range compound.




o    P Zero Red supersoft – more grip, medium wear (used for shorter-race stints and for initial portion of qualifying)


-  This is the second softest tire in Pirelli’s range, and it is ideal for tight and twisting circuits, especially in cold weather, when maximum grip is needed. The supersofts warm up rapidly, which has made it a stalwart choice for qualifying. But with increased grip comes increased degradation. It is a low working-range compound.




o    P Zero Purple ultrasoft – highest amount of grip, highest amount of wear (used for qualifying and select race situations)



-    This is the softest tire in Pirelli’s range, with rapid warming and massive performance. It is best used on tight and twisting circuits that put a premium on mechanical grip. However, because it is so soft, it has a limited lifespan. It is a low working-range compound.


•    The Singapore Grand Prix marks the seventh time these three compounds have been packaged together. Teams most recently used this tire package in the Belgian Grand Prix Aug. 25-27 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. This is the same lineup Pirelli used for last year’s Singapore Grand Prix.



•    The Yellow soft tire has been used in every grand prix this season. The Red supersoft tire has been used everywhere except the Spanish Grand Prix. The Purple ultrasoft has been used in the Australian Grand Prix, the Russian Grand Prix, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Canadian Grand Prix, the Austrian Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix.



•    Two of the three available compounds must be used during the race. Teams are able to decide when they want to run which compound, adding an element of strategy to the race. A driver can also use all three sets of Pirelli tires in the race, if they so desire. (If there are wet track conditions, the Cinturato Blue full wet tire and the Cinturato Green intermediate tire will be made available.)



•    Pirelli provides each driver 13 sets of dry tires for the race weekend. Of those 13 sets, drivers and their teams can choose the specifications of 10 of those sets from the three compounds Pirelli selected. The remaining three sets are defined by Pirelli – two mandatory tire specifications for the race (one set of Yellow softs and one set of Red supersofts) and one mandatory specification for Q3 (one set of Purple ultrasofts). Haas F1 Team’s drivers have selected the following amounts:


o    Grosjean: one set of Yellow softs, four sets of Red supersofts and eight sets of Purple ultrasofts
o    Magnussen: one set of Yellow softs, four sets of Red supersofts and eight sets of Purple ultrasofts
 


 
Mike Arning- PHOTO LAT

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