Formula One heads to Singapore this weekend for the Singapore GP after the last European race in Italy. Nico Rosberg won in Italy ahead of Lewis Hamilton and now has closed the gap in the championship to 2 points. Who will lead the championship when the race is over on Sunday?
History of the Singapore GP
Singapore first appeared on the F1 calendar in 2008 and became F1’s first night race. The race was overshadowed by the crash by Nelson Piquet Jr which helped Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso to win. Piquet was told to crash on purpose by his team to help cause a safety car and for Alonso to win. The circuit has been described as “Monaco at night-time” due to the barriers being so close to the track.
- First GP: 2008
- Laps: 61
- Circuit length: 5.065km
- Race distance: 308.828km
- Lap record: 1:50:041, Daniel Ricciardo, 2015
- Corners: 23
Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver round the Marina Bay taking 4 wins including his victory here last year. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are tied on 2 wins each.
Haas to bring final 2016 upgrade
Haas will bring an upgrade to the Singapore GP in what is expected to be its last of the season, with development focused on 2017. It is believed plans for next season accelerated after those impressive early races, but the developments for Singapore including the front wing, floor and brake ducts were planned.
Renault undecided on 2017 driver line-up
Renault has delayed making a decision on its driver line-up for the 2017 Formula 1 season. Kevin Magnussen and team-mate Jolyon Palmer, as well as rival Renault contenders Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are in contention to take the seats for 2017.
Renault has been quoted in saying that they would want a French driver driving for the team. It just so happens that Ocon is French and is Renault’s test and reserve driver. Perez has spoken about his future and it wasn’t clear if he was going to stay with Force India.