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PostSubject: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:22 am

2012 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX

With the European season in the books, F1 now embarks on its Asian leg of the calendar. The night time is the right time to go motor racing, and this weekend sees the return of the spectacular Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore for the 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. The 2012 Singapore Grand Prix marks the fourteenth round of the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

This city street circuit marks the fourteenth round on the 2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





Not many events in Formula One can claim to make history, but the Singapore Grand Prix organisers can certainly make that claim with the Singapore Grand Prix. In 2008 the inaugural Singapore GP was the first ever Formula 1 night race. The streets of the Singapore city were lit up by numerous lighting systems to host what has now arguably become one of the world’s most stunning looking televised sports in the world, with the urban city background providing a picturesque backdrop for the race.

Although the Marina Bay Street Circuit is a recent addition to the F1 schedule, unlike other new venue’s which have joined the schedule it is bumpy and unforgiving – the kerbing in particular can throw cars off the track and into concrete walls. Combine this with 23 turns and a lap of near two minutes; this is an incredibly demanding Grand Prix for the drivers. Where other new venues have failed to make a statement with viewers and spectators, the visual appeal and challenge of this track has won over drivers and fans alike.

With softer tyres than in previous events and a tight championship battle, staying out of trouble is without question for the title contenders. On a track where the Safety Car has been deployed in every prior Grand Prix, the danger that lurks ahead will be fascinating to watch.

Singapore Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Anti-clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 400 metres
-Average speed of lap: 118 mph
-Longest period full throttle: 650 metres (9 seconds)
-Full throttle percentage: 44 %
-Time on brakes: 18 %
-Gear changes per lap: 40
-Highest g-force: 4 g
-Total race distance: 192 miles

Overtaking opportunities

The Marina Bay Street Circuit features few obvious overtaking opportunities, mainly because there are few long full-throttle sections to allow for slipsteaming. Most of the circuits corners lead into each other, with short straightaways in between, meaning out-braking someone can be tricky, especially in the second half of the circuit.

However, there are three key passing opportunities on the circuit even if the number of opportunities is limited. Turn 1 is a possible place to pass; drivers will build up to around 180 mph on the pit straight before braking to around 70 mph for turn 1. The entry to this corner was tightened in 2009 to make this a bigger braking zone, therefore, a better overtaking opportunity. The prime opportunity comes on the full throttle section between turns 5 and 7. The drivers exit turn 5 at just 83 mph and build up to 190 mph before braking heavily to just under 70 mph. This is a heavy braking zone with a wide entry, which encourages dives up the inside of the corner to be made. A lot of overtaking is completed at this corner.

Passing into turn 7 will even be more frequent because the DRS activation zone is placed on the straight after turn 5 and runs until the braking zone of turn 7. Perhaps to aid passing, the detection point for DRS is after turn 3 – a very early detection point in relation to where the actual activation point is. This means if a driver is close to his rival after turns 1 and 2, they are probably going to be able to open the rear wing for the straight.

Passing into turn 14 might be possible if a driver gets a poor exit off turn 13, this might be more realistic as the tyres degrade and the variations in speed increase. With the tyres compounds being the softest available in Pirelli’s range, overtaking should become more prevalent as more laps are put on the tyres.


What to watch for

Although the Grand Prix has a short history, it has built up a reputation of having accidents and therefore safety car interventions. All four Singapore Grand’s Prix have had safety car periods for accidents, this could affect drivers strategy considerably if they’ve not made their planned pitstops. As always with safety car periods, there will be winners and losers depending on when the SC is deployed, and where drivers are on the track – some may be able to pit and still maintain track position.


Car requirements

The Marina Bay Street Circuit now ranks with the Circuit Giles Villeneuve in Montreal as the most demanding circuit on braking systems on the calendar. The Singapore circuit does not feature many heavy individual braking zones, but one corner leads into another which require braking - plus the brakes get little time to cool with very short full throttle sections. Teams cannot simply put thicker brake pads or larger brake discs for improved durability, as both of these braking components have compulsory FIA limits for all race tracks (limited to 28mm thickness and 278mm diameter by the FIA).

Instead, the teams will bring bigger cooling ducts that should keep the carbon brake discs from exceeding 1000 degrees too often, which is commonly accepted as the maximum temperature that Formula 1 carbon brake discs can take before wearing out excessively. Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber found this out to their cost in 2009, with both drivers retiring from the event with brake failure. Where Monza put a premium on top-end engine power, Singapore puts a premium on drivability and torque from the engine to get a clean exit of all these slow corners. With one of the lowest full throttle laps of the year, at just 44 % - teams will use reconditioned engines for this race.

As the drivers won’t be wide open on the throttle for even half the lap, combined with safety car periods - fuel consumption is lower at Singaopore than other circuits. Teams will pre-fill their cars with less fuel than at other faster circuits for this reason. The likelihood of a Safety Car period also means pre-filling with slightly less fuel might not be a disadvantage.

Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Super Soft and Soft compound P Zero tyres to Italy. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2012 range of P Zero tyres and their respective markings:




Video footage

Here are laps of the Marina Bay Street Circuit with Mark Webber, qualifying for the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix:



Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 21 September 2012

Friday Practice 1 11:00 – 12:30
Friday Practice 2 14:30 – 16:00

Sat 22 September 2012

Saturday Practice 11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying 14:00

Sun 23 September 2012

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2012 Singapore Grand Prix Race Start 13:03*

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 20th September:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 18:00

Friday 21st September:

Porsche Carrera Cup Practice Session 14:45 – 15:15
Ferrari Challenge Practice Session 15:45 – 16:15
GP2 Practice Session 16:45 – 17:15
Formula One Practice 1 18:00 – 19:30
GP2 Qualifying Session 20:00 – 20:30
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 20:30 – 21:15
Formula One Practice 2 21:30 – 23:00
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 23:15

Saturday 22nd September

GP2 First Race (34 Laps or 60 Mins) 16:00 – 17:05
Formula One Practice 3 18:00 – 19:00
Porsche Carrera Cup Qualifying Session 19:30 – 20:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 20:00 – 20:40
Formula One Qualifying 21:00
Ferrari Challenge Qualifying Session 22:30 – 23:00

Sunday 23rd September

Ferrari Challenge Race (12 Laps or 30 Mins) 15:00 – 15:35
GP2 Second Race (24 Laps or 45 Mins) 16:10 – 17:00
Porsche Carrera Cup (12 Laps or 30 Mins) 17:25 – 18:00
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 18:10 – 19:15
Formula One Drivers Parade 18:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 18:45 – 19:15
Formula One National Anthem 19:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 20:00
Start of 2012 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 20:04*

* Based on the time period between the start of formation lap and actual race start in the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix.

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix, BBC is showing this weekend’s Grand Prix sessions live. All live sessions can also be viewed on BBC’s F1 website, free of charge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/

Friday 21st September

BBC Red Button Coverage

Practice One: 10:55 – 12:35
Practice Two: 14:25 – 16:05

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 10.45
Practice Two: 14.15

Saturday 22nd September

BBC Coverage

Practice Three: 10:55-12:05, Red Button
Qualifying: 1300-1530, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 10.45
Qualifying: 13:00

Sunday 23rd September

BBC Coverage

Race: 1210-1515, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.30 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.

Previous winners of Singapore Grand Prix

2008 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2009 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2010 – Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault

Enjoy the Grand Prix!

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:59 am

I’ve got some scintillating news; there will be a new Safety Car for the Singapore Grand Prix. The Mercedes-Benz SLS GT will take over from the standard SLS.

To celebrate this new Safety Car, there should be compulsory Safety Car periods to celebrate this superb creation….but Grosjean and Maldonado might do the business.

Nelson Piquet Jr drove masterfully in 2008, rather than waiting for a Safety Car period, he proactively bought one out. I like this approach – no dithering about.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:12 am

I'll be at Britcar on saturday and watching blancpain on sunday
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:54 am

Hopefully those races will have SC’s as well. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:42 am

britcar usually does but a safety car in blancpain will ruin it
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:57 am

Goodness gracious, where did Maldonado’s front row start come from? I suppose at least he can pull out amazing speed.

I think tomorrow is shaping up for a great Grand Prix; the huge differential in tyres is something that hasn’t been seen for a while. The SS’s gives you track position, something very important at a place where the field gets spread out quickly. But keeping the rear tyres will be critical in the opening laps; perhaps those drivers on the harder “soft” tyres can leapfrog and perhaps gain positions.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:35 am

Fillepe Passa. Brilliant.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2012 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT   Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:53 am

Wasn’t he just? Massa’s save was superb; I thought he was heading into the barrier. That was tremendous racing, though. Passing over that bridge isn’t usually done, but the high degradation resulted in odd passes being made.

Massa was quite impressive today. He had a puncture, but really fought hard to finish 8th. He desperately needs more of that gutsy driving.

Pirelli should be praised for the tyres they create. Once again, as the tyres started to degrade, battles formed up and the battling was superb. I particularly enjoyed seeing Ricciardo race with Massa, Alonso and Maldonado and Webber and Kobayashi.

Poor old Schumacher, that’s the third time he’s torpedoed someone from behind in Singapore in three consecutive years. I do wonder if there was a car problem, as it was strange how both tyres suddenly locked.

It was superb to see 2 Safety Car periods, this was absolutely thrilling. Full marks to Karthikeyan and Schumacher. I liked the way that the SC was instantly deployed on the restart lap – this was very encouraging.

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