After the high-speed demands of Monza, the streets of Singapore offer a very different and demanding challenge for teams and drivers alike. With 23 corners, completely unforgiving walls, humidity and temperature demands unlike those at any other circuit, as well as the glaring lights, the circuit places a huge demand on drivers and their skill can have more of an impact than at many others.
It takes more than three megawatts to keep the night race lit at any given time. This is typically the longest duration race of the year, often getting very close to the two-hour limit. Safety car periods are notoriously common – there has been a safety car in every incarnation of the modern Singapore GP. The circuit itself adds to the excitement with several challenging corners, including the ‘Singapore Sling’ which has been known to launch cars into the air when drivers get it slightly wrong.
Singapore’s location in the tropics means that there is a near-constant threat of rain, and although there have been showers and thunderstorms during every race weekend so far, none have, as yet, affected the race. If it does rain this year, it will make the race even tougher for all involved – but it is sure to be a good spectacle irrespective.