The Marina Bay Street Circuit, also referred to as the Singapore Street Circuit, is a street circuit that circles Marina Bay in Singapore and includes the Downtown Core and Kallang planning areas. It serves as the Singapore Grand Prix’s venue. The 4.928 km (3.062 mi) long track is situated by a harbour and is designed in a similar manner to the Valencia Street Circuit and the Circuit de Monaco. The circuit was created by KBR and is a modification of the one Hermann Tilke originally proposed. The track is licenced according to FIA Grade 1. As of this point, every race on the circuit has seen at least one safety car appearance. In thirteen races, there have been a total of 23 safety car deployments.
A routemap was released the day the Singapore Grand Prix was confirmed for the 2008 Formula One season. The Singapore Flyer and Republic Boulevard are both close to where the pit area of the circuit is situated. The Benjamin Sheares Bridge is crossed by a temporary road that travels from the pit area to Republic Boulevard before turning onto Raffles Boulevard. After passing the City Hall, it continues along Nicoll Highway, Stamford Road, and Saint Andrew’s Road as it circles the Padang. After passing the Fullerton Hotel and the Anderson Bridge, the track makes a sharp left turn onto Esplanade Drive next to Merlion Park.
It merges with Raffles Avenue and makes a right turn just after the Esplanade to the front of The Float @ Marina Bay before taking a second temporary road around the Singapore Flyer to return to the pit area. The cars race beneath a portion of the Floating Platform’s grandstand between turns 18 and 19, which makes the track layout distinctive. The track received a lot of criticism from F1 drivers for being overly bumpy, especially on Raffles Boulevard between turns 5 and 7. This created a very unforgiving circuit, which was especially problematic given the hot and muggy Singaporean weather. Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 World Champion, noted that it was physically demanding and twice as difficult to manoeuvre as the more well-known Monaco street circuit.
|Downtown Core and Kallang, Singapore
|August 31, 2008
|F1 lap record
|1:41.905 (Kevin Magnussen, Haas, 2018)
The four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, is the most successful driver at the Marina Bay track with five wins to his name. Lewis Hamilton occupies P2 with four wins while P3 belongs to Fernando Alonso with two wins. A total of 13 world titles among the three most successful Marina Bay circuit drivers
Most pole positions
British driver Lewis Hamilton and German racer Sebastian Vettel is the men with the most poles at Marine Bay with four to their names. Charles Leclerc occupy P2 with two poles at the track while the likes of Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg have one pole each.
|Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel
|Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg
Most successful constructors
Red Bull and Mercedes are the most successful constructors to have raced at the Marina Bay circuit four wins to their names. Ferrari comes in at P2 with three wins and McLaren completes the podium with one win.
|Red Bull, Mercedes