Marina Bay facts & stats
Starting 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 lux – as 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 confines – 14 left-handers, nine right-handers – in 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 once – in 2009 – and 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 BST
Circuit length 3.152 miles/5.073 km
2011 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 Prix
Wins 1 (2009)
Poles 1 (2009)
Fastest Laps 1 (2011)
Car 3: Jenson Button
Age 32 (January 19 1980)
2012 points 101 (6th)
Singapore record 2011 Q3 R2; 2010 Q4 R4; 2009 Q11 R5; 2008 Q12 R9
“I didn’t 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. What’s more encouraging is that we have strong pace on a range of very different circuits – and, hopefully, we can continue to push that momentum in Singapore next weekend.
“The Marina Bay track is unique – there are a couple of long straights, so it’s very fast, but all the corners are generally taken in second or third gear, so you’re trying to find the best set-up compromise – particularly as you need good end-of-straight speed for overtaking into Turn Seven. That’s 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