Singapore Grand Prix lowdown: Can title leader Vettel light up the streets and make it three wins on the spin?



PUBLISHED: 05:19 EST, 18 September 2013 | UPDATED: 05:09 EST, 19 September 2013

With the first 12 grands prix spread over six months now over, let the end-of-season slog begin as the campaign concludes with seven flyaway races in 10 just weekends.

But what a way to start the ball rolling as without doubt Singapore is the most spectacular race on the calendar given it is the only night event, and with incidents virtually guaranteed as there have been eight safety car periods in the five previous runnings.

At a fraction under two hours long, and in 30 degree heat and 70% humidity, it is an exacting test for the drivers who can expect to lose up to three kilos of fluid during the race.

Here, Sportsmail provides you with the main facts and figures prior to this weekend’s race.

Number one: World champion Sebastian Vettel leads the title race and will be looking to repeat last year's win in Singapore

Number one: World champion Sebastian Vettel leads the title race and will be looking to repeat last year’s win in Singapore

Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Circuit length: 5.065km/3.147 miles
Laps: 61
Race distance: 308.828km/191.896 miles
Lap record: 1min 45.599secs (Kimi Raikkonen, 2008)
2012 pole position: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1min 46.362secs
2012 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2012 fastest lap: Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1min 51.033secs
Number of corners: 11 (4 left/7 right)
Tyre compounds to be used: supersoft/medium
Bumpiness: very high
Overtaking chance: low, mainly into turn eight
Engine severity: low
Brake wear severity: high
Average lap speed: 157kph (97.55mph)
Full throttle per lap: 46%
Gear changes per lap: 80 (race = 4800)
No of safety cars deployed since 2008: 8

Singapore Grand Prix 2013: All the stats and facts for the race on Sunday

Sebastian Vettel’s pole at Monza was the 40th of his career. Only Michael Schumacher (68) and Ayrton Senna (65) have more.

Vettel followed up with a win that was the 32nd in F1, drawing him level with Fernando Alonso. Only Schumacher (91), Alain Prost (51) and Senna (41) have more.

With Alonso second and Felipe Massa fourth, Ferrari now has 60 consecutive points finishes to their name. McLaren hold the record at 64 that came to an end earlier this year.

In his first two seasons in F1, Paul Di Resta had just four DNFs against his name. This season alone the Scot now has four, with three in his past three races.

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping qualifying does not prove so tough in Singapore. At Monza, Hamilton failed to qualify in the top 10 for the first time in 66 races.

Thumbs up: Lewis Hamilton was a winner in Singapore in 2009 when he cruised to victory around the Marina Bay circuit

Streets ahead: Lewis Hamilton was a winner with McLaren  in Singapore in 2009 when he cruised to victory around the Marina Bay circuit (below). Can he do it for Mercedes this time round?

Streets ahead: Hamilton cruised to victory at the Marina Bay circuit four years ago with McLaren

After a run of 38 consecutive finishes, Kimi Raikkonen has now failed to see the chequered flag in the past two races.

The Singapore GP has only ever been won by champions – Fernando Alonso in 2008 and 2010, Lewis Hamilton in 2009 and Vettel for the past two years.

As the only night race on the F1 calendar, to enable visibility, the 5.065km Marina Bay circuit is lit up by 1,500 halogen lamps, giving a luminosity of 3,000 lux – as bright as daylight.

The circuit is the second slowest of the year after Monaco, with an average speed of just 157kph, just under 100mph.

Approximately 46% of the lap is taken at full throttle, compared with over 75% at the last race in Monza.

The average elapsed time of the past five Singapore GPs has been one hour 58 minutes, 1.5 times longer than that of Monza.



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