The Singapore Grand Prix remains one of the most anticipated every year. Not only does it feed the F1 frenzy for Asian fans, it’s also unique in that it is the lone night race. Let’s check out what’s in store for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team once the lights on the Singaporean streets turn on for the race.
Being a night race, and also perhaps due to the challenge of actually racing on roads made for passenger vehicles, there has never been an uneventful Singapore GP—since the first one, the safety car has always found itself deployed on the track on race day. In addition, you take the challenge of Monza and double it, as evidenced by the sheer number of times drivers change gears each lap (80).
“Singapore is a one-off in lots of ways, with the city, racing at night and the circuit itself. It’s a brilliantly unusual race,” said Michael Schumacher. “At first sight, everything seems more relaxed because the action happens at night, but of course it’s not like that at all… The nice thing is that the circuit is very technically demanding and it’s very tricky to get a perfect lap.”
“The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the season and it’s such a fun weekend,” added Nico Rosberg. “I really enjoy the Marina Bay track, it’s a street circuit with a difference and with the intense heat and humidity, the sheer number of corners and racing under the lights, it really is a challenge.”
The Mercedes team is looking to build on the momentum of its respectable finish at the previous race in Italy. We can certainly expect an action-packed event, from practice to qualifying and all the way to race day.