It’s been 11 years since the Singapore Grand Prix became part of the F1 calendar but the charm of the only night race on the calendar remains unchanged. Being F1’s only night event, the race has a completely different ambiance to those held during the day. Visibility is only made possible by the 1,500 halogen lamps, with drivers often donning tinted visors to reduce the glare.
And the short straights, tight corners and bumpy surface all make the Marina Bay Circuit one of the trickiest tracks of the season for car setup. The good part is that it gives some of the slower teams a better chance, just like in Monaco.
Weather can also be issue in Singapore. There’s also hot and humid conditions to deal with, where even in the night the temperatures can reach 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). This is physically demanding for the drivers and challenging for the cars in terms of managing brake and tire temperatures. Add to this the race normally lasting the full two hours.
Follow us in a few moments for the latest updates and results from the Singapore Grand Prix, as the second practice session is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the wheel of the SF90, ready to continue evaluating the ideal set-up ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.