Sep 15, 6 months ago

Changes at Marina Bay Circuit ahead of this year Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Circuit ahead of this year Singapore Grand Prix

A number of changes have been made to the Marina Bay Circuit ahead of this year’s Grand Prix.

The track has been resurfaced around Turns 1 and 2, while resurfacing has also taken place on a 100m section after Turn 5, some areas between Turns 12 and 13 and a section around Turns 15, 16 and 17.

The pit wall has been moved away from the garages by 275mm and the fast lane markings moved by the same amount to ensure cars in the fast lane are further from the working lane.

Finally, additional TecPro segments have been installed in parts of the barriers at Turns 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16 and 22.

The first DRS detection point is at the exit of Turn Four and the first activation point is 48m after Turn Five.

The second detection point is 80m before the apex of Turn 22, and the activation point is 45m after apex of Turn 23.

Tyre compounds are soft, supersoft and ultrasoft, as in 2016 when Nico Rosberg won using a two-stop strategy, starting on the ultrasofts before stopping on laps 16 and 33 for softs.

The FIA have warned the F1 drivers not to abuse the track limits through the first sequence of corners at the Marina Bay circuit.

Drivers can find a faster route around the Singapore track by cutting the inside apex at Turn 2.

This gives them a better run through the corner and additional speed into Turn 3

However, FIA race director Charlie Whiting has warned that there will be consequences, and have installed a polystyrene block after Turn 2 that the drivers must navigate around.

“Any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track, and who passes completely to the right of the orange kerb element, must keep to the right of the red and white polystyrene block and rejoin the track on the outside of Turn 3,” Whiting explained.


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