Singapore Grand Prix - Memory Lane

The road to Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix


Singapore has been the home of Formula 1® night racing since 2008. The backdrop of heritage buildings, modern architecture and breathtaking skyline culminates in an unparalleled combination of sights, sounds and a festive atmosphere. Held every September, the speed, thrills and non-stop action will once again enthrall crowds as the world’s finest drivers prove their mettle on the challenging Marina Bay Street Circuit.





"This race is always a highlight of the season: a great city which looks really spectacular under the lights with the tricky street circuit below – my favourite kind of track to drive."

Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 World Champion
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team







1990


The Singapore Tourism Promotion Board makes a bid to host a leg of the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX.

Bernie Ecclestone, then vice-president of motor racing’s international governing body FISA, says negotiations are underway for a grand prix to be staged in Singapore in 1992.

A 5km track is earmarked to be built near the Bedok army camp for S$20 million.



1991


Mr Ong Beng Seng secures a deal to stage a Formula One race here. It does not take off because the Laguna National Golf and Country Club is built on the proposed 126-hectare race track site.







2006

Fresh plans for the future


Singapore Tourism Board was "actively looking" at a proposal to bring Formula One to Singapore. Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone stated in March that he would consider Singapore as a host for the 2008 season, suggesting a street circuit similar to Monaco’s.








2007

Full speed ahead



Singapore GP Pte Ltd is established in May, with rights acquired to host Formula 1® in Singapore. A ground-breaking ceremony for the F1 Pit Building was held in August. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) approved in-principle the concept of the first night race in Formula 1® history.







2008

And the lights go on!



In March, Singapore GP demonstrated the bespoke, state of the art lighting system that would make history with Singapore’s hosting of the world’s first night race on the Formula One calendar. Lighting up the Marina Bay Street Circuit required up to 10,000 lamps, with a system comprising more than 1,500 projectors, 134km of power and optic cables and 240 steel pylons.

The construction of the Pit Building — the nerve centre for the race — was completed in July, just 10 months after the breaking ground ceremony. Around 300,000 onsite spectators and more than 100 million television viewers around the world watched the inaugural 2008 Singapore Grand Prix which Fernando Alonso won.

The Singapore Grand Prix venue was named the Motor Sport Facility of the Year by Professional Motor Sport World Expo. Singapore GP also scooped the FIA Promoter of the Year award.








2009

The big supporter


The inaugural event is awarded Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism (Singapore Experience Awards 2009, Singapore Tourism Board). Minor changes were made to Turns 1, 13 and 14 to improve overtaking. The Pit Lane entry and exit as well as the Turn 22 runoff area were also revised. Lewis Hamilton started from pole and secured a clear-cut victory, earning the 12th Grand Prix win of his career.










2010

A sparkling success


The 2010 Singapore Grand Prix was named Best Global Showcase of Singapore by lifestyle portal CNNGo. Fernando Alonso proved his mettle on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, scoring a hat trick with fastest lap, pole position and taking first place in Singapore for the second time. Heikki Kovalainen bravely put out a fire in his Lotus, which was then voted Autosport Awards’ LG Moment of the Year.












2011

Best of the year


The fourth edition of the Singapore Grand Prix was named Best Sports Event of the Year (International) at the Singapore Sports Awards. Sebastian Vettel won his first Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix after taking pole position and leading to the finish, bringing him all but one point closer to his second successive Drivers’ World Championship title.










2012

A five-year extension


Singapore Grand Prix extended the city’s contract to host a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for a further five-year period, until 2017. The fifth running of the night race went beyond the two-hour time-limit, ending after just 59 laps. Sebastian Vettel took his second consecutive title at the street circuit.










2013

A classic feel




The circuit layout was revised for the 2013 race, with the Turn 10 chicane (Singapore Sling) was reconfigured into a single-apex lefthander. The race was attended by a record 262,527 spectators, the highest since its inaugural season. Continuing his domination run with Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel claims his third consecutive victory.







2014

A new partner


A new partner Singapore Airlines came on board as Title Sponsor of the Singapore Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton won his second Singapore Grand Prix – his seventh Grand Prix victory of 2014 and the 29th of his career.














2015

Feel the buzz


Modifications were made to the track to dove-tail with Singapore’s Civic District enhancement plans. Turn 11 was re-aligned to sit tighter with the left-hand side of Fullerton Road while Turn 12 was modified slightly so drivers now enter the left lane of Anderson Bridge. The Turn 13 hairpin was widened by one metre to enable more overtaking opportunities.

The eighth edition of the Singapore Grand Prix saw the third-highest attendance in the eight-year history of the event, exceeded only by the attendance figures for the inaugural Singapore night race in 2008 and the 2013 edition. 260,912 spectators were at the Marina Bay Street Circuit over the three-day weekend.

Sebastian Vettel, in his first season at Ferrari, took his fourth Singapore win at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.






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The road to Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix


Singapore has been the home of Formula 1® night racing since 2008. The backdrop of heritage buildings, modern architecture and breathtaking skyline culminates in an unparalleled combination of sights, sounds and a festive atmosphere. Held every September, the speed, thrills and non-stop action will once again enthrall crowds as the world’s finest drivers prove their mettle on the challenging Marina Bay Street Circuit.

"This race is always a highlight of the season: a great city which looks really spectacular under the lights with the tricky street circuit below – my favourite kind of track to drive."

Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 World Champion
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

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1990

The Singapore Tourism Promotion Board makes a bid to host a leg of the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX.

Bernie Ecclestone, then vice-president of motor racing’s international governing body FISA, says negotiations are underway for a grand prix to be staged in Singapore in 1992.

A 5km track is earmarked to be built near the Bedok army camp for S$20 million.

2006

Fresh plans for the future

Singapore Tourism Board was "actively looking" at a proposal to bring Formula One to Singapore. Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone stated in March that he would consider Singapore as a host for the 2008 season, suggesting a street circuit similar to Monaco’s.

1991

Mr Ong Beng Seng secures a deal to stage a Formula One race here. It does not take off because the Laguna National Golf and Country Club is built on the proposed 126-hectare race track site.

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2007

Full speed ahead

Singapore GP Pte Ltd is established in May, with rights acquired to host Formula 1® in Singapore. A ground-breaking ceremony for the F1 Pit Building was held in August. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) approved in-principle the concept of the first night race in Formula 1® history.

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2008

And the lights go on!

In March, Singapore GP demonstrated the bespoke, state of the art lighting system that would make history with Singapore’s hosting of the world’s first night race on the Formula One calendar. Lighting up the Marina Bay Street Circuit required up to 10,000 lamps, with a system comprising more than 1,500 projectors, 134km of power and optic cables and 240 steel pylons.

The construction of the Pit Building — the nerve centre for the race — was completed in July, just 10 months after the breaking ground ceremony. Around 300,000 onsite spectators and more than 100 million television viewers around the world watched the inaugural 2008 Singapore Grand Prix which Fernando Alonso won.

The Singapore Grand Prix venue was named the Motor Sport Facility of the Year by Professional Motor Sport World Expo. Singapore GP also scooped the FIA Promoter of the Year award.

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2009

The big supporter

The inaugural event is awarded Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism (Singapore Experience Awards 2009, Singapore Tourism Board). Minor changes were made to Turns 1, 13 and 14 to improve overtaking. The Pit Lane entry and exit as well as the Turn 22 runoff area were also revised. Lewis Hamilton started from pole and secured a clear-cut victory, earning the 12th Grand Prix win of his career.

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2010

A sparkling success

The 2010 Singapore Grand Prix was named Best Global Showcase of Singapore by lifestyle portal CNNGo. Fernando Alonso proved his mettle on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, scoring a hat trick with fastest lap, pole position and taking first place in Singapore for the second time. Heikki Kovalainen bravely put out a fire in his Lotus, which was then voted Autosport Awards’ LG Moment of the Year.

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2011

Best of the year

The fourth edition of the Singapore Grand Prix was named Best Sports Event of the Year (International) at the Singapore Sports Awards. Sebastian Vettel won his first Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix after taking pole position and leading to the finish, bringing him all but one point closer to his second successive Drivers’ World Championship title.

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2012

A five-year extension

Singapore Grand Prix extended the city’s contract to host a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for a further five-year period, until 2017. The fifth running of the night race went beyond the two-hour time-limit, ending after just 59 laps. Sebastian Vettel took his second consecutive title at the street circuit.

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2013

A classic feel

The circuit layout was revised for the 2013 race, with the Turn 10 chicane (Singapore Sling) was reconfigured into a single-apex lefthander. The race was attended by a record 262,527 spectators, the highest since its inaugural season. Continuing his domination run with Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel claims his third consecutive victory.

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2014

A new partner

A new partner Singapore Airlines came on board as Title Sponsor of the Singapore Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton won his second Singapore Grand Prix – his seventh Grand Prix victory of 2014 and the 29th of his career.

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2015

Feel the buzz

Modifications were made to the track to dove-tail with Singapore’s Civic District enhancement plans. Turn 11 was re-aligned to sit tighter with the left-hand side of Fullerton Road while Turn 12 was modified slightly so drivers now enter the left lane of Anderson Bridge. The Turn 13 hairpin was widened by one metre to enable more overtaking opportunities.

The eighth edition of the Singapore Grand Prix saw the third-highest attendance in the eight-year history of the event, exceeded only by the attendance figures for the inaugural Singapore night race in 2008 and the 2013 edition. 260,912 spectators were at the Marina Bay Street Circuit over the three-day weekend.

Sebastian Vettel, in his first season at Ferrari, took his fourth Singapore win at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.