Formula 1 racing in Singapore is back after a three-year absence – and Max Verstappen could become a two-time World Champion if results go his way.
The last time Verstappen raced at the Marina Bay Circuit in the south of Singapore, he had seven wins to his name but as he returns in 2022 he has more than four times that amount.
This race could even prove to be his victory lap as he could clinch his second consecutive title should results go his way. For that to happen, Verstappen needs to win Sunday’s race and both Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc need to finish outside of the points.
Ferrari will want to make the title race, which they were once in control of, last as long as possible in an attempt to save face, so will be aiming for a strong showing as F1 returns to Asia.
Singapore is a track known for the punishment it gives drivers with extreme humidity providing another challenge for them to cope with. Carlos Sainz was pictured training inside a heat room this week in order to prepare and no doubt the other 19 drivers will have done something similar.
Sebastian Vettel, who won the last race held in Singapore, returns to the track for what will be the final time in his career as his farewell tour ticks down with six races left.
When is the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?
Friday 30 September
Free Practice 1: 1800-1900 (1100-1200 UK time)
Free Practice 2: 2100-2200 (1400-1500 UK time)
Saturday 1 October
Free Practice 3: 1800-1900 (1100-1200 UK time)
Qualifying: 2100 (1400 UK time)
Sunday 2 October
Race: 2000 (1300 UK time)
Where does the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix take place?
Known as the original night race, the Singapore Grand Prix was first added to the F1 calendar in 2008 and the Marina Bay Circuit has hosted the race ever since.
The grand prix had been an ever-present up to 2019 after which the outbreak of the COVID pandemic forced it to withdraw from the 2020 and 2021 schedules. This year, F1 announced a new contract with the promoters which will see the Singapore Grand Prix feature in F1 until at least 2028.
The track itself is known to be one of the most challenging on the circuit as a mixture of the conditions and the unique layout provide a tough test for the drivers. It also has a reputation for almost always ensuring there will be a Safety Car.
The circuit itself is 5.063km long with 23 corners and runs for a total of 61 laps for a race distance of 308.706km. Kevin Magnussen holds the lap record at 1:41.905, which he achieved with Haas in 2018.
Vettel is the most successful driver in the track’s history having won five times, while Lewis Hamilton could equal him if he proves to be successful this weekend.
Where can I watch the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?
In the UK, pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports will show the entire race weekend, from FP1 to the race, on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 will broadcast highlights across the race weekend.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from FP1 on Friday morning to the race on Sunday afternoon.
The Singapore Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1, RTL
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport, NOS
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 26, 2022
What is the weather forecast for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?
Friday 30 September – 32c, sunny intervals with a gentle breeze
Saturday 1 October – 31c, thundery showers and light winds
Sunday 2 October – 31c, thundery showers and light winds
What is the grid for the Singapore Grand Prix?
- 1. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
- 2. Sergio Perez, Red Bull
- 3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
- 4. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
- 5. Fernando Alonso, Alpine
- 6. Lando Norris, McLaren
- 7. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
- 8. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
- 9. Kevin Magnussen, Haas
- 10. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
- 11. George Russell, Mercedes
- 12. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
- 13. Mick Schumacher, Haas
- 14. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
- 15. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
- 16. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
- 17. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
- 18. Esteban Ocon, Alpine
- 19. Alex Albon, Williams
- 20. Nicholas Latifi, Williams
Directions to the Singapore Grand Prix
The MRT (metro) is your best bet for getting around once you are in the city and fares range from S$0.80 to S$2.20.
If landing at the airport, it takes around 30 minutes on the MRT to reach the city centre and you will need to transfer at Tanah Merah station. This can be busy during peak times so you may want to avoid if travelling with large luggage.
The circuit has nine gates you can enter through and there are seven metro stops close by. These are:
GATE 1A Nicoll Highway or Lavender
GATE 1B Nicoll Highway or Lavender
GATE 2 Promenade
GATE 3A, 3B City Hall or Esplanade CC3
GATE 4 Raffles Place
GATE 5 Raffles Place
GATE 6 Raffles Place
GATE 7 Esplanade
GATE 8 Bayfront
You can also take a taxi but as it is a street race, many of the roads around the track will be closed. However, there are designated drop-off points depending on which gate you need to enter through.
Which drivers have won the Singapore Grand Prix?
Only four drivers have won the Singapore Grand Prix since it was added to the calendar in 2008, with Vettel being the most successful among them.
Fernando Alonso in his Renault won the inaugural event before Lewis Hamilton triumphed with McLaren in 2009. Nico Rosberg is the fourth driver to have won on the track having done so during his title charge of 2016.
Hamilton and Vettel are the only drivers to have won back-to-back races with the Briton winning in 2017 and 2018, while Vettel completed three in a row from 2011-13.
The last 10 winners of the Singapore Grand Prix:
2010 – Fernando Alonso
2011 – Sebastian Vettel
2012 – Sebastian Vettel
2013 – Sebastian Vettel
2014 – Lewis Hamilton
2015 – Sebastian Vettel
2016 – Nico Rosberg
2017 – Lewis Hamilton
2018 – Lewis Hamilton
2019 – Sebastian Vettel
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
Max Verstappen – 335 points
Charles Leclerc – 219
Sergio Perez – 210
George Russell – 203
Carlos Sainz – 187
Red Bull – 545 points
Ferrari – 406
Mercedes – 371
Alpine – 125
McLaren – 197
Tyre choices for the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix
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— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) September 26, 2022
What are the odds for winner of the Italian Grand Prix?
5/4 – Charles Leclerc
15/8 – Max Verstappen
3/1 – Lewis Hamilton
17/2 – Sergio Perez
16/1 – Carlos Sainz
[All odds provided by Planet Sport Bet]