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The Singapore Grand Prix - did you know? 18 Sep 2013

Fireworks illuminate the Singapore skyline as Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 wins the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 23 September 2012 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault celebrates victory with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 28 September 2008. © Sutton The safety car was deployed twice during the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 23 September 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 23 September 2012 Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari, Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari and Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director celebrate. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 26 September 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 21 September 2012 Jenson Button (GBR) Honda RA108.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying, Singapore, Saturday, 27 September 2008 Ferrari action.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 21 September 2012

Did you know that the Marina Bay Street Circuit covers an area of 799,000 square metres, the equivalent of 112 full-size football pitches? Ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, we present a plethora of fascinating facts and figures about the race…

• The Singapore Grand Prix has been run five times previously, all at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The inaugural event in 2008 was the first F1 race to be run at night under floodlights and was won, somewhat controversially, by Renault’s Fernando Alonso.

• The infrastructure required to hold a race on Singapore’s streets is considerable: over 10 kilometres of debris fencing is used, as well as around 2,600 concrete barriers, over 1,600 TecPro barriers and around 1,500 lights to illuminate the circuit.

• The Marina Bay Street Circuit has 23 corners - the most of any circuit on the calendar.

• The safety car has been deployed at least once in every Singapore Grand Prix to date. There have been eight deployments in total over the five previous Marina Bay races.

• The pit lane delta time in Singapore (the time it takes a driver to enter the pits, make a stop and return to the track) is the highest of the season.

• The two leading contenders in this year’s world championship - Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel - have each won the Singapore Grand Prix twice. Lewis Hamilton is the only other driver have won the race and you can read how he did it here.

• In fact, Alonso has only failed to reach the podium once in five appearances in Singapore - that was in 2011 when he finished fourth.

• Red Bull are the only team to have won the Singapore Grand Prix more than once. Renault, McLaren and Ferrari all have one win.

• Mercedes have yet to make the podium after their three previous races at the circuit.

• Nearly two-thirds of the 303 laps that have taken place in Singapore Grand Prix history have been led by either Vettel (98 laps) or Alonso (93 laps).

• The lap record in Singapore was set by Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari in 2008 and stands at 1m 45.599s. Turn 10 has been modified from a chicane to a single corner ahead of this year’s race so we’ll see a new lap record.

• In terms of average lap time, only Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium takes longer for an F1 car to lap than Marina Bay.

• No Singapore national has ever started a world championship Grand Prix.

• The furthest back on the grid any Singapore Grand Prix winner has started is 15th. That was Renault’s Fernando Alonso at the inaugural event in 2008, although his achievement was subsequently overshadowed when it was discovered that team bosses had asked Alonso’s team mate Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately crash to bring out the safety car at a convenient moment. Still, only seven drivers have won a Grand Prix from further back on the grid…

• Alonso is the only driver to have scored a grand chelem (pole, win, fastest lap, led every lap) in a race at Marina Bay. He did it in 2010 in a Ferrari. It remains the only time in his F1 career that the Spaniard has achieved the feat.

• In the five races at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the polesitter has been victorious three times (2009, 2010, 2011).

• According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 48 percent of the lap distance. The longest time at full throttle is nine seconds. Drivers make an average of 80 gear changes per lap, which equates to 4,880 gear changes over the 61-lap race.

• Each car’s starting fuel load in Singapore is generally higher than at any other Grand Prix because of the nature of the circuit and duration of the race.

• The heat and humidity in Singapore is so high that drivers can lose up to 3kg of fluid during the race. That, combined with the circuit’s bumpy surface and multiple turns, makes the race one of the most physically demanding of the year for the drivers.

• A small number of milestones have been recorded at the Singapore Grand Prix:

- Two drivers have recorded significant race-start milestones in Singapore: Jenson Button celebrated his 150th race start at the night race in 2008, whilst Michael Schumacher recorded his 300th race start there in 2012.

• And finally, Ferrari edged ever closer to McLaren’s 64-race point-scoring record at Monza by recording their 60th consecutive race with at least one car in the top ten. Will they get closer again in Singapore?

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