The round 14 of the 2011 F1 Season will take place on September 25 at the streets of Singapore’s Marina Bay area. The race starts at 20:00 local time, this is the only night race of the season, so the 5.073 km circuit will be lit up by 1500 special light projectors.
In the Singapore GP, Safety Car deployments are featured at an average of 6.7 laps per race. The driver change gears twice more than in Spa, 71 times per lap or a total of 4331. And there are 26 braking events per lap, the same number as Monaco’s at eight corners below 100kph.
Here are what the stars of Mercedes Petronas say about the SG GP:
Nico Rosberg: “I’m really looking forward to the Singapore Grand Prix and it’s a circuit that I enjoy very much. I finished second at the first race held here in 2008 so I have some good memories from that weekend. Singapore is a fantastic city and I always try to spend some extra time here with friends after the race. The track itself is good fun to drive and a real challenge. The stop-start nature means you have to concentrate hard throughout the lap and it feels very narrow and enclosed, like a true street circuit. We’ve made a good step forward with the car in the last few races and I hope we can take advantage of that again next weekend in Singapore.”
Michael Schumacher: “I really enjoyed my first experience of Formula One night racing in Singapore last year and it was an interesting weekend to be working on such a different time schedule. Surprisingly, it worked out very well and somehow even fun to drive and have meetings in the middle of the night. The street circuit is good fun and quite challenging, and as an event for the fans, it is also fantastic as they can get so close to the cars around the city streets and see a real racing spectacle. We have enjoyed good results at the final two European races in Spa and Monza, and everyone will be working to continue the hard work and keep up the points finishes as we head to Asia for the flyaway races.”