Race sponsored by Singapore Airlines approaches
As the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix revs up for the race in September, excitement and passion for this unique night-time race is growing.
One of the few races in the F1 calendar to take place on the city streets, the Marina Bay Street Circuit of the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix zooms around the futuristic structures in Singapore’s city-centre waterfront Marina Bay, after dark.
The track is just over five kilometres long in a harbour-side location similar in style to the Monaco Grand Prix and the Valencia Street Circuit.
Initially launched for the 2008 Formula 1 season, it was the first night-time event in F1 history. The timing of the night event meant that it could be broadcast live at a convenient time for European TV audiences.
The track is illuminated by a series of projectors that adapt their output to match the shape of the course. The 2008 race was won by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), who won it again in 2010. His rival Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won the Singapore race in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The popularity of the Singapore Grand Prix means it has been agreed that it will remain on the Formula 1 calendar through to at least 2017.
But it hasn’t been without alterations to improve safety. For the 2009 race, the circuit was altered to aid overtaking and also where high kerbs caused several accidents in 2008.
For the 2013 race the track’s tenth turn, known as the Singapore Sling chicane, was removed and replaced with a single-apex left-hand bend in which the entry speed is much faster. To compensate for the increase in speed, an extra layer of barriers lines the end of the turn as an added safety measure.
The race date has been set for September 21, but a festive atmosphere will grip the city with multiple events and concerts timed also for September 19 and 20.
For the first time, Singapore Airlines has been unveiled as the new title sponsor of this Formula 1 race. The deal means that the airline will promote its brand to a massive global television audience.
[pictured: Renault at the Singapore GP]