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The Exciting Singapore Grand Prix

Updated on November 10, 2013

Fernando Alonso in Ferrari

Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

The Singapore GP is the only one on the F1 calendar to be run at night, which makes it among the most exciting and in demand of all.

Originally Called the Orient Year Grand Prix, the name was later changed to the Malaysian GP, until 1965 when Singapore became independent and the race was renamed as the Singapore Grand Prix and remained so until its cancellation in 1973. This was due to several factors: roads overloaded with traffic, the inconvenience of closing roads for the duration, enormous hikes in oil prices, and a succession of very bad accidents in the 72 and 73 races. The relaunch was announced in 2008, when the decision was made to run the race at night.

The circuit at Marina Bay covers 3,148 miles, involving 61 laps, winding around the harbour area and incorporating the streets of the city.

The inaugural 21st century race here was won by the Spaniard Fernando Alonso who was driving for the Renault F1 team. On the eve of the 2012 event the organizers signed a contract extension which means that this race will be carried on beyond 2016.

The Singapore GP of 2012

The 2012 Singapore Grand Prix race took place at Marina Bay on the 23rd of September 2012. This was the 4th round of the 2012 F1 season. It was the 13th time that the race was being held in Singapore. It was the fifth time that Singapore was holding a F1 world championship. Britain’s Lewis Hamilton started the Singapore race from the pole position. The race was however won by Sebastian Vettel. This was Sebastian’s second win of the Formula One season. It was however a frustrating outing for Lewis Hamilton whose gear box failed in the early stages of the race.

Romain Grosjean was able to participate in the 2012 Singapore Prix race after being ineligible to race in Italy two weeks earlier. He had received a one race ban for causing a serious collision in Belgium. Pirelli, being one of the sponsors, supplied the tyres that were used in this race. In the practice session, Karthikeyan’s car was driven by one Ma Qinghua. The practice session was help in very damp conditions. During the first practice session, the fastest time was set by Sebastian Vettel. He was 5 hundredths of a second faster than Britain’s Lewis Hamilton.

Several drivers went off the circuit but were able to rejoin later without having incurred any damage. By the time they were taking part in the second practice session the circuit had dried already. Sebastian Vettel was the fastest once again this time round being 3 tenths of a second faster. The second practice session was briefly halted when Bruno Senna hit a barrier which caused his car to spin before hitting a corner. Vettel also topped the 3rd practice session ahead of Hamilton. Going by the practice session the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix race was Sebastian Vettel's to lose.

At the end of the day it was the German Sebastian Vettel who emerged the winner ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The Spaniard Fernando Alonso finished third.

The Start of Singapore GP 2013

Singapore GP 2013

The Singapore Grand Prix 2013, is an event that will be happening for three days in September 2013. The event will be held on September 21st, September 22nd, and September 23rd. This event was deemed and crowned "The Best International Sport Event of the Year", by the Singapore Sports Award Association. It is expected to last until the year 2017.

The race will be sponsored by SingTel this coming September. It will also be held in the usual event location, in Marina Bay, Singapore.

The greatest race contender is Sebastian Vettel, who won the race in 2011, and 2012. The competition is heavy as Sebastian Vettel has to go up against other great drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonaldo, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, and Paul di Resta.

The tickets are various prices. They range from economy prices to very expensive. Tickets start at $48, and can go up to $2,000.

There will also be a series of concerts at the race, with big artists like Rhianna and Justin Bieber.


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