Friday, 23 September 2011
Preview 2011 Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore GP
Marina Bay Circuit has 5 km, 61 laps with a race distance of 309 km; 4 highspeed straches, 7 slow turns, 3 ideal spots for overtaking and a top speed around 300 km/h.
Best Preview by Mark Webber:
First organised in 1961, the race was initially known as the Orient Year Grand Prix. The following year, the race was renamed the Malaysian Grand Prix. After Singapore attained its independence in 1965, the race at the Thomson Road circuit was renamed to the Singapore Grand Prix. The event was discontinued after 1973 and a variety of reasons have been suggested, including an increase in traffic, the inconvenience of having to close roads for the event and fatal accidents during the 1972 and 1973 races. It is also thought that a surge of oil prices stemming from the Suez Crisis might have been to blame (although the 1973 oil crisis would probably be a more plausible reason than the 1956 Suez Crisis).
The first race held at the new Marina Bay Street Circuit was the 15th round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, and was also the first night-time event in Formula One history. The timing of the night event meant that it could be broadcast live at a convenient time for European TV audiences. The track was also illuminated by a series of projectors which adapt their output to match the shape of the course. For the 2009 race, the circuit was reprofiled slightly, including modifications to turns 1, 2 and 3 to aid overtaking, and also at turn 10 where high kerbs caused many accidents in 2008.
Number of wins: 3 - Graeme Lawrence 1969, 1970, 1971, 2 - Fernando Alonso 2008, 2010
Number of wins: McLaren - 1969, 2009, Ferrari - 1970, 2010
Winners: 2010 Fernando Alonso Ferrari, 2009 Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Fernando Alonso, 1974 not held, 1973 Vern Schuppan, 1972 Max Stewart, 1971 Graeme Lawrence, 1970 Graeme Lawrence, 1969 Graeme Lawrence, 1968 Garrie Cooper, 1967 Rodney Seow, 1966 Lee Han Seng
Fastest laps: 2008 - 1:45.599 Kimi Raikkonen, 2009 - 1:48.240 Fernando Alonso, 2010 - 1:47.976 Fernando Alonso
Sebastian Vettel: races - 3, victories - 0, podiums - 1
Mark Webber: races - 3, victories - 0, podiums - 1
Lewis Hamilton: races - 3, victories - 1, podiums - 2
Jenson Button: races - 3, victories - 0, podiums - 0
Felipe Massa: races - 2, victories - 0, podiums - 0
Michael Schumacher: races - 1, victories - 0, podiums - 0
Nico Rosberg: races - 3, victories - 0, podiums - 1