Marina Bay Singapore street track – circuit information

Singapore, 2011The Singapore Grand Prix first appeared on the F1 calendar in 2008. Its inaugural race was the 800th in the history of the world championship, and the first to be held at night under floodlights.

The track passes several local landmarks including the Singapore Flyer, Supreme Court and Parliament. The track also incorporates Esplanade Drive and the Andersen Bridge, which was built in 1910.

A purpose-build section of track includes the start/finish area, pits and paddock. In the latter stages of the lap the track passes beneath one of the spectator grandstands.

Minor revisions were made to the circuit in 2009, and in 2013 the Singapore Sling chicane which formed turn ten was replaced with a more conventional left-hander. For 2015 the approach to turn 13 has been altered in a bid to improve overtaking opportunities.

Track views

The track layout has some nice features, but the first sector stands out for me – especially the fast right-hand kink of turn six and the braking zone of turn seven. You need a car that’s able to ride the bumps, can use the kerbs and gives you confidence through the low and medium-speed corners.

I think the Singapore Grand Prix ranks as the toughest race of the year because of the heat. It’s physically draining and you’ve also got the mental challenge of racing so close to the walls with a small margin of error.
Nico Hulkenberg

It’s a challenging race – particularly on the brakes. The circuit sees a large number of braking events, with low average speed around the lap reducing cooling opportunities. It’s also a very bumpy track, with heavy use of the kerbs making it tough on the car.

The layout makes overtaking a difficult task – often resulting in action-packed races, with unsuccessful passing attempts leaving debris on the track and resulting in frequent safety car appearances.
Paddy Lowe, Mercedes executive director for technical

Singapore has a quirky little technical problem that’s specific to the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Near the Anderson Bridge the cars pass over something underground – we’ve never ascertained what it is – that creates electrical interference on the cars. Sensors start showing some strange readings and the actuators that control the throttle position and the clutch start moving and are no longer under the control of the driver.

It lasts for a very short period of time, but the worrying thing is that if we get that little burst of electrical interference just as the car is making a gear change, it can upset the delicate timing of the throttle, the clutch and the gear change barrel. It can actually upset the shift and cause a gear to break.

The first time we went to Singapore it was quite a serious problem because we’d never experienced it before, but we now know what countermeasures to take, such as electrical shielding on the car and a few other software changes.
Tim Goss, McLaren technical director

Marina Bay, Singapore track data

Lap data
Lap length 5.065km (3.147 miles)
Race laps 61
Race distance 308.828km (191.897 miles)
Pole position Right-hand side of the track
Lap record* 1’48.574 (167.941 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2013
Fastest lap 1’42.841 (177.303 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2013
Maximum speed 296kph (183.926 mph)
DRS zone/s (race) Pit straight and straight to turn seven
Distance from grid to turn one 200m
Car performance
Full throttle 46%
Longest flat-out section 832m
Downforce level Maximum
Gear changes per lap 80
Fuel use per lap 1.6kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.064s
Quickest complete pit stop in 2013 28.709s by McLaren (see full list)
2014 prime tyre: Soft (2013: Medium)
2014 option tyre: Super-soft (2013: Super-soft)

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

Video lap

Track map

2013 Singapore Grand Prix track map

The map above does not reflect the changes made to turn ten for the 2013 race.

Aerial map

The map above does not reflect the changes made to turn ten for the 2013 race.

Singapore circuit pictures