race start 27 september 2009. 20:00 SST (local)
The 2009 Singapore Grand Prix (formally the 2009 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix) will be the fourteenth race of the 2009 Formula One season. It will be the second Singapore Grand Prix to be part of a Formula One Championship and the second Formula One race to be held at night. It is to be held on 27 September 2009 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in the Marina Bay area.
Fernando Alonso of Renault is the only previous winner of the race but recent controversy has surrounded the race. Last year's pole sitter Felipe Massa will sit out the race with injuries sustained in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The previous street circuit races this year were won by Brawn GP with Jenson Button taking the chequered flag in Monaco and Rubens Barrichello victorious in Valencia.
Button leads the Championship by 14 points from team-mate Barrichello. Sebastian Vettel lies 12 points behind the Brawns and is their closest challenger. Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari is looking for a 5th podium in a row having scored Âľ of his 40 points this season in the last 4 races.
Brawn lead the Constructors' Championship on 146 points, whilst Red Bull are 40.5 behind on 105Â˝. Ferrari and McLaren are 3rd and 4th respectively.
The inaugral F1 Rocks concerts will be held in Singapore. Headlining acts include Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, ZZ Top, Simple Minds, N*E*R*D, No Doubt, Jacky Cheung and A*Mei which takes place September 24th through 26th nightly at Fort Canning Park.
Other SingaporeGP Season events include the Fuel Festival headlining Underworld Live, Will.i.am, New Order, Bloc Party, Guru Josh, and Johnny Vicious which takes place September 24th at Suntec Convention Centre as well as September 25th through 27th nightly at the National Museum of Singapore. Singapore GP itself is offering a showcase featuring Backstreet Boys, Travis, Carl Cox, and John Digweed on the 25th through 27th nightly throughout the track side areas.wiki
Singaporeâ€™s all new street circuit weaves through the Marina Bay area of the city in an anti-clockwise direction. Similar to Monaco in its layout, the 5.067km lap of Singapore is dominated by slow speed corners (24 in total, 14 left and 10 right) and has only a handful of higher speed connecting stretches, the highest of which being Raffles Boulevard on which the drivers reach 190mph. Despite so many braking events, the average lap speed is around the 110mph mark with 50% of the lap spent at full throttle.
Over and above the clear demands provided by a night race, Singaporeâ€™s creative layout brings its own challenge in that four fifths of the track take in the cityâ€™s streets, while the remaining one fifth has been built specifically for the Grand Prix. The combination of cambers and bumps characteristic of a street track and the smooth asphalt of a designated racing circuit can therefore complicate set-up direction over the weekend. With the region notoriously humid, rain is often expected most evenings which further exaggerates the set-up conundrum. source williamsF1
Location (Google maps+Quickmaps)
Length: 5.067km* (3.148 miles)
Race distance: 61 laps (308.95km)
Track width: 10-15km
*Start and finish lines are not in the same place.
Full throttle: 44%
Top speed: 297kph
Longest flat-out section: 9s / 650m
Right/left-hand corner: 9/14
Tyre wear: medium
Brake wear: very high
Downforce level: very high
Gear changes per lap: 40
Source: BMW 2008
2008 tyres: Soft (prime, no stripe), Super-soft (option, stripe)
Pos Driver Points1 Jenson Button 802 Rubens Barrichello 663 Sebastian Vettel 544 Mark Webber 51.55 Kimi RĂ¤ikkĂ¶nen 406 Nico Rosberg 30.57 Lewis Hamilton 278 Jarno Trulli 22.59 Felipe Massa 2210 Heikki Kovalainen 2011 Fernando Alonso 2012 Timo Glock 1613 Nick Heidfeld 1214 Giancarlo Fisichella 815 Robert Kubica 816 Adrian Sutil 517 SĂ©bastien Buemi 318 SĂ©bastien Bourdais 219 Kazuki Nakajima 020 Nelsinho Piquet 021 Luca Badoer 022 Romain Grosjean 023 Jaime Alguersuari 0
Pos Constructor Points1 Brawn/Mercedes 1462 Red Bull/Renault 105.53 Ferrari 624 McLaren/Mercedes 475 Toyota 38.56 Williams/Toyota 30.57 BMW Sauber/BMW 208 Renault 209 Force India/Mercedes 1310 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 5
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edit: changed massa for liuzzi. (no votes we're casted on massa yet)
Edited by Ruud de la Rosa, 16 September 2009 - 16:12.