Singapore becomes F1’s longest lap

2009 Singapore Grand Prix facts and stats

Nick Heidfeld was classified in every Grand Prix since Indianapolis 2007

Nick Heidfeld was classified in every Grand Prix since Indianapolis 2007

For years, Spa-Francorchamps was the circuit F1 drivers take longest to complete a lap of. But changes to Singapore means it now takes a second longer than Spa for the F1 cars to lap, despite being almost 2km shorter.

During this year’s race Adrian Sutil brought Nick Heidfeld’s record of consecutive finishes to a crashing halt. Read on for more facts and stats from the Singapore Grand Prix.

Hamilton on top

Lewis Hamilton won the 11th Grand Prix of his career. That gives him as many wins as Jacques Villeneuve, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello – the latter scoring his 11th win in the preceding race.

He now has 16 pole positions, as many as Stirling Moss and Kimi Raikkonen. He needs two more to match the tally of the leading active driver, Fernando Alonso, who has 18.

It was also Hamilton’s 25th career podium finish and he has led more laps than any driver this year apart from Jenson Button.

Alonso notched up the 13th fastest lap of his career, giving him as many as Jacky Ickx, Alan Jones and Riccardo Patrese.

Singapore gets slower

The changes to the Singapore circuit means it now takes longer to complete a lap of the circuit than any track on the calendar. Alonso’s fastest lap of 1’48.240 was almost a second slower than Sebastian Vettel’s fastest lap of Spa. That’s despite Spa being 1.937km longer.

Alonso’s average speed around a lap of Singapore was 168.73kph (104.84mph), Vettel’s at Spa was 235.07kph (146.06mph). Turns one, ten and 14 were tightened, turn 13 was slightly eased, and the entry to turn 22 was narrowed. Alonso’s fastest lap was 2.6s slower than Raikkonen’s 1’45.599 last year.

Vettel has now scored exactly 100 points in his F1 career.

Timo Glock matched his career best result with second. He was second in the Hungarian Grand Prix last year.

Heidfeld’s finishing streak finally ends

Heidfeld’s incredible record of consecutive finishes finally came to an end thanks to Sutil. He was classified for 41 races running and finished 33 in a row.

However Nico Rosberg is going after his record – he has already been finished and classified in the last 26 races in a row.

Rosberg also matched his best ever starting position – he also started third in the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix, the second race of his career.

Kazuki Nakajima finished ninth – just out of the points – for the second time this year. He is the only driver to have started every race this year without scoring.

Button increased his championship lead for the first time since the Hungarian Grand Prix. Only Barrichello and Vettel can beat him to the title now.

Mercedes-engined cars have now won ten races this year, matching their best ever tally from 2005. Eight have come with Brawn, two with McLaren.

Spotted any more interesting facts and stats from the Singapore Grand Prix? Share them with us in the comments.

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107 comments on Singapore becomes F1’s longest lap

  1. Martin Brundle’s Teflonso comment during his walkabout was quite amusing.

  2. Rubens is destined never to win the world title …

  3. Ned Flanders said on 28th September 2009, 11:55

    8 of the 10 teams have scored podiums in 2009, all but Williams and Toro Rosso. Despite their recent good form Williams have gone the longest period of time of the current teams since their last pole position (Nurburgring 2005) and the second longest after Toro Rosso since their last podium (Singapore 2008).

  4. UnicornF1 said on 28th September 2009, 12:16

    Jaime Alguershuari was “jealous” over last year’s Massa incident in Singapore.
    He had the same accident at the pits, as he left with the fuel hose attached on his car!
    Same accident in Singapore in a consecutive year!

  5. mp4-19b said on 28th September 2009, 12:39

    the only people I feel sorry in the entire world is Honda :( What bit of sad irony would it be if Brawn clinch both the championships at Suzuka, a track owned by Honda. I’ve always liked Honda, sadly they left the sport at the end of 1992, a year before I started following F1. Since their return to F1 in 2000, I feel they’ve underperformed hugely. I’ll be very sad to see them clinch the championship at Suzuka. People give too much credit to Brawn & Mercedes, but forget to mention that it was Honda who developed this car. I feel very sad for them. :(

    • Mahir C said on 28th September 2009, 12:57

      would brawn be still that competitive with a Honda engine though?

      I also liked Honda very much, until they left I had always felt they were genuine racers, they were somewhat different from other manufacturers.

      But I think it serves them right for leaving at the very first crisis. I dont feel sad at all.

    • Terry Fabulous said on 28th September 2009, 12:57

      That IS ironic. In fact, Brawn clinching the Drivers and Constructors titles at Suzuka is a Dictionary definition of the word.

    • I don’t feel sorry for Honda. They left all those employees in the lurch, and only funded them this year because it was cheaper than all the redundancy payments.

      This was the first real year that had a car Ross was in charge of delivering, and they walked out instead of trusting him that 2009 was going to be the year.

      I hope Jenson wins this weekend.

    • I’m not sorry for Honda, seriously (this from a Honda enthusiast and owner)…

      They have brought their vaunted culture (of Type-R, Mugen and the dominance of the 1980s) and flushed it away. What were they thinking getting a motorcycle designer to design an F1 car??? A man who has no concept of downforce has no business in F1 engineering.

  6. Jelle van der Meer said on 28th September 2009, 13:42

    Maybe I am mistaken but it this not the STATS comment thread. Almost none of the comments is about that – so it is propably the worst STATS focused STATS comment thread.

    This was only 4th longest race in last 2 years – Monaco 2008 being the longest with just over 2 hours.

    So far this year we had 6 different winners – 5 former race winners and 1 (Webber) was a first time winner. Further 6 former race winners have not won so far. Last year there were 7 different and 8 in 2003. Record holder is still 1982 with 11 different winners.

    Same applies to constructers, 1982 is record with 7, so far this year there have been 4, last year there were 5. From those 5 last year – 3 are yet to win this year.

    14 of the current 20 active drivers are in the 100 most points in career with only 9 in the 100 most races in career and 6 having driving 67 races of less.

    Lewis has a 4,98 points per race average – this is only (min 10 races) beaten by M. Schumachers 5,48. Barrichello is only 15 points away for equalizing with Ayrton Senna’s 3rd place on most points in career (614 points).

    There are 8 active drivers in top 50 pole position, 5 in top 50 race winners and only 3 in top 50 fastest laps.

    I hope this covers the lack of stats in the comments above.

    • This is also the third victory (Hungary, Belgium, Singapore) for a KERS equipped car (even if it was disabled early in the race).

  7. torro rosso and rbr useing the same cars technology including the brake system. that’s why both torro rosso retired at the same time after mark webber crashed. i do believe you all know bout this :)

  8. At the end of the season, If Kaz continues his form, I’d like to know what is the highest WDC position achieved when a driver’s teammate has scored zero (one who has started every race the other driver has).

    Is Rosberg that good? Maybe. Kaz was highly touted when he came in—I actually don’t think he is that bad. I think we are seeing this year, with new and diabolically handling cars, as technically complex as ever, that drivers matter. Beyond Williams, you can look at McLaren, Ferrari, Renault to see that great drivers are consistently dusting off their merely competent teammates. Replacements of “underperforming” drivers have done no better than their predecessors. For those who repeat the banal insinuation that “F1 is about the car not the driver,” observe more closely.

    • Clare msj said on 28th September 2009, 16:43

      Ralf ‘the legend’ Schumacher finished 6th in 1999 when Zanardi scored no points. Both drivers competed in all the races. Incidentally that huge divide between teammates was also at Williams in that year too. Rosberg is currently 7th, and i cant see him jumping to sixth unfortunately.

      There may be other examples of one teammate scoring nothing whilst the other does well, but i can only remember the Ralf situation – mainly because i have an amazing knowledge for Ralf related facts :P

      • Minardi in 2002, with Mark Webber totally outclassing Alex Yoong. Though his point-scoring debut in Australia was surely a stroke of luck he’s been paying for ever since…

    • Jacques Laffite was 4th in 1981 with 44 points.

  9. Alex-Ctba said on 28th September 2009, 17:57

    How about this: For the second time in a row Singapore GP decreases the chances of a Brazilian to become wdc…

  10. SaloolaS said on 28th September 2009, 18:28

    Points in Singapore GP at Marina Bay circuit:
    Alonso 16, Hamilton 16, Glock 13, Vettel 9, Rosberg 8, Button 4, Heidfeld 3, Barrichello 3, Coulthard 2, Kovalainen 2, Nakajima 1, Kubica 1.

  11. James G said on 28th September 2009, 18:41

    Brawn currently have 153 points. They need to get one more point to get more than Honda did in 99 races.

  12. adaptalis said on 28th September 2009, 18:49

    I faintly recall another qualifying session to be terminated early by red flags. So its 2 this year.

    Is it the most since this format of qualifying started?

  13. SaloolaS said on 28th September 2009, 19:23

    Which was the other one?

  14. 27553`rd Time that Ferrari escape a punishment that a team recieve in the previous/current race.

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