Sunday, September 19, 2010

Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay)

Total Laps : 61
Track : 5.073km (3.152mi)
Race : 309.45km (192.27mi)
Fastest Lap : K.Raikkonen 1:45.599

The Marina Bay Street Circuit held the first ever night race in the history of Formula One on September 28, 2008. This is one of the few tracks running in the counterclockwise direction with some high speed sections like the Raffles Boulevard where the cars can go in excess of 300 kmph. The Esplanade Drive where speeds can be anywhere between 250 kmph and 300 kmph is also another hot spot for overtaking.

The track comprises of some demanding corners with turn 10 - also known as the "Singapore Sling" after a cocktail invented by a bartender named Ngiam Tong Boon - being one of the few slowest corners on the track. The track is very bumpy in nature with its high kerbs making it very difficult for the drivers, taking into consideration the hot and humid weather conditions.

One of the most unique facts of the Singapore track is that, in order to power the 1600 light projectors surrounding the circuit, an estimated 108 power cables - each one measuring 423 metres in length - are used to connect 12 twin-power generators. The 2008 Singapore GP was high on drama with Alonso winning the race after the exit of his teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. in a strange manner after he qualified 15th on the grid. This marked the first win of the season for the Spaniard.

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