Marina Bay facts & statsStarting at 8pm (local time), two hours after darkness has fallen over the city-state, the Singapore Grand Prix is the only night race on the 2012 Formula 1 calendar. To enable visibility, the 5.073km Marina Bay circuit is lit up by 1,500 halogen lamps, giving a luminosity of 3,000 luxas bright as daylight.The track is the third and final street circuit of the year, following on from Monaco and Valencia, and runs in an anti-clockwise direction. The cars negotiate its tight and twisty confines14 left-handers, nine right-handersin maximum downforce trim and the key to a quick lap is to have good traction and a neutral car balance.The Singapore Grand Prix is the longest race of the year, taking close to two hours to complete its 61 laps. That makes it physically tough for the drivers, who have to cope with the 30-degree heat and 70 per cent Tropical humidity while wrestling their cars around the busy, stop-start layout. As a result, they expect to lose up to three kilos fluid loss during the race.Lewis has won the Singapore Grand Prix oncein 2009and Jenson has achieved a best result of second, in 2011. Both drivers will be hoping to return to the podium this year.Race distance 61 laps (192.208 miles/309.316km)Start time 20:00 (local)/12:00 BSTCircuit length 3.152 miles/5.073 km2011 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 61 laps in 1hr59m06.757s (155.810km/h)2011 pole Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 1m44.381s (174.962km/h)Lap record Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F2008) 1m45.599s (172.740km/h)McLaren at the Singapore Grand PrixWins 1 (2009)Poles 1 (2009)Fastest Laps 1 (2011)Car 3: Jenson ButtonAge 32 (January 19 1980)GPs 221Wins 14Poles 8
2012 points 101 (6th)Singapore record 2011 Q3 R2; 2010 Q4 R4; 2009 Q11 R5; 2008 Q12 R9I didnt spend too much time looking back at my non-finish in Monza. Obviously, it was disappointing not to be able to help the team to a one-two finish, but these things happen. Whats more encouraging is that we have strong pace on a range of very different circuitsand, hopefully, we can continue to push that momentum in Singapore next weekend.The Marina Bay track is uniquethere are a couple of long straights, so its very fast, but all the corners are generally taken in second or third gear, so youre trying to find the best set-up compromiseparticularly as you need good end-of-straight speed for overtaking into Turn Seven. Thats the best opportunity for passing as it also comes at the end of the DRS zone.Every lap is a great challenge: I had a really enjoyable race at Singapore last year. My car was completely dialled in and I was able to push to chase down Sebastian [Vettel] during the closing laps. This year, I hope well once again have a package that will enable us to fight at the front.Car 4: Lewis Hamilton
Age 27 (January 7 1985)GPs 103Wins 20Poles 23FLs 112012 points 142 (2nd)
Singapore record 2011 Q4 R5; 2010 Q3 R-; 2009 Q1 R1; 2008 Q2 R3
Were now inching closer to the finishing lineand this is where it starts to get exciting! After winning the last three races of the European season, the whole team starts the long haul around the world for the final series of flyaways that will determine the outcome of this years world championship.After winning in Hungary and Monza, I head to Singapore full of positivity and optimism that we can take the title fight to Fernando [Alonso]. I enjoy the Marina Bay circuit in the same way that I like racing at the Hungaroringits a darty track that requires you to really be on top of the car to get the best from it. It requires more finesse, though: most of the braking zones are approached at very high speed, and the walls are never far away. Factor in the heat and humidity and its a very challenging weekend.Although I had a fantastic win there back in 2009, Ive not had the greatest of results in Singapore recently. I got a puncture and retired after tangling with Mark Webber in 2010 and I was delayed after touching wheels with Felipe [Massa] last year.Both those races were unlucky for meI think I need a better roll of the dice this time around!Martin WhitmarshTeam principal, Vodafone McLaren MercedesSince its arrival on the Formula 1 calendar back in 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix has become one of the seasons destination racesone of the most important events of the year for fans, guests and teams alike.
The Marina Bay circuits unique nighttime atmosphere, and the crackling tension that comes from staging a grand prix on the edge of darkness, makes it one of the most best races of the season. Its a showcase event for our sport.
And its a race that race perfectly symbolises modern Formula 1: its a brave departure from tradition that boldly works. It manages to retain all the traditional elements that makes a grand prix so magical, but the fusion of its oriental setting, glittering skyline and demanding high-speed course make it feel more like youre watching a Hollywood movie than an international sport. And thats fantastic.We at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes travel to Singapore with considerable momentum after winning the last three grands prix. Both Jenson and Lewiss recent performances have given our engineers and designers the conviction to keep pushing development through the season. And, make no mistake, therell be no let-up with the aggressive development of MP4-27 until the end of the year.This season is far from over. We are continuing to refine and improve our car and have both the drivers and constructors championships within our sights. Every race from now on will be an important marker, and Im optimistic that we can once again score good points in Singapore next weekend.The Singapore Grand Prix is a relatively new addition to the Formula 1 calendar. Heres how Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has defined three days in the history of F1s only night race:1. September 28 2008Lewis drives a mature race to finish on the podium in the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. He comes home third, 5.9s behind race winner Fernando Alonso and 3s behind second-placed Nico Rosberg. With Felipe Massa failing to score, Lewis extends his lead in the world championship to seven points with just three races remaining.2. September 27 2009A more emphatic victory would be hard to find. Lewis dominates the race from pole position, coming home 10s ahead of Timo Glock. Nico Rosberg is Lewiss biggest threat in the race, until the Williams driver is penalised for a pitlane exit infringement.3. September 25 2011Jensons fourth consecutive podium. He pushes race winner Sebastian Vettel all the way, coming home 1.7s behind the German in second place. Lewis completes a good day for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, coming home fifth in the second MP4-26.