Marina Bay Street Circuit


Marina Bay Street Circuit


  • 62 Laps
  • 2008 First Grand Prix
  • Singapore Grand Prix Grand Prix
  • 4.94km Circuit Length
  • 306.143 km Race Distance
  • 1:35.867 Lewis Hamilton (2023) Lap Record

Host to the illustrious Singapore Grand Prix, the Marina Bay Street Circuit, also known as the Singapore Street Circuit, winds through the Marina Bay area in Singapore.

The circuit spans across two city areas – the Downtown Core, covering Turns 4 to 19, and Kallang, which includes Turns 1 to 3, and stretches for 4.940 km (3.070 mi). The track is prominently located along the harbour, bearing a resemblance in style to the renowned Circuit de Monaco and the Valencia Street Circuit.

Marina Bay Street Circuit

First Grand Prix2008 Singapore Grand Prix
Number of Laps62
Circuit Length4.94km
Race Distance306.143 km
Lap Record1:35.867 Lewis Hamilton (2023)


When was the Marina Bay Street circuit built?

The Marina Bay Circuit, introduced in 2008, represents a standout addition to the Formula 1 racing calendar. Designed as a street track, it is set against the stunning backdrop of Singapore’s iconic skyline. The original circuit plan, crafted by renowned track designer Herman Tilke, underwent refinements by KBR Inc., an American engineering, procurement, and construction company known for its expertise in large-scale projects.

This circuit is particularly notable for its unique combination of elements. Unlike traditional race tracks, it winds through the heart of a bustling city, incorporating public roads and infrastructures. This integration into the urban landscape adds an exciting dimension to the racing experience for drivers and spectators. The track’s proximity to the city’s landmarks and skyline creates a visually striking environment unmatched by more conventional race tracks.

The Marina Bay Circuit’s debut in the F1 calendar was not just a mere addition; it quickly rose to prominence and gained acclaim. Its inclusion brought a new flavour to the sport, offering a night race under the city lights, a first in Formula 1 history. This night race aspect adds to the aesthetic appeal. It poses unique challenges to drivers, such as visibility and track temperature changes, offering a different racing experience compared to daytime races.

The track layout, characterised by its tight turns and narrow straights, demands high levels of skill and precision from the drivers. This aspect has produced some memorable and thrilling races, further cementing the circuit’s status as a fan favourite. The blend of technical complexity and the urban setting provides a distinct challenge that stands apart from more traditional, purpose-built race tracks.

When was the first Singapore Grand Prix?

The first Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit took place on the 28th of September 2008.

The race was a significant milestone in Formula 1 history as Singapore became the first to host a night-time race. This event, marking the 15th round of the season, was a landmark for Singapore and a groundbreaking moment for Formula 1 as a whole. The decision to conduct the race at night was driven by multiple factors, including the desire to cater to a global audience across different time zones and introduce a new level of excitement and visual spectacle to the sport.

The first race was a resounding success, receiving widespread acclaim from teams, drivers, and fans alike. It was praised for its organisation, the challenging nature of the circuit, and the overall spectacle it provided. The race quickly became a highlight on the F1 calendar, lauded for its innovation and the unique experience it offered.

However, the race was not without controversy. Driving for Renault, Fernando Alonso claimed victory in what later became known as one of the most contentious wins in F1 history. The controversy centred around allegations of race manipulation involving a pre-planned crash by Alonso’s teammate, Nelson Piquet Jr., which led to the safety car’s deployment at a pivotal moment in the race. This incident significantly influenced the race’s outcome, benefiting Alonso, who had made an early pit stop just before the crash.

The controversy, known as ‘Crashgate’, unfolded over the following year and led to significant repercussions within the sport. Renault F1 faced serious charges, and key team personnel were implicated in the scandal, leading to penalties and resignations. This incident cast a shadow over Alonso’s victory and raised important questions about sportsmanship and ethics in Formula 1.

Despite this controversy, the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix remains a historic event in the history of Formula 1, remembered both for its groundbreaking night race and the dramatic circumstances surrounding its outcome. It set a precedent for night races in the sport and firmly established the Singapore Grand Prix as one of the most anticipated and unique races on the F1 calendar.

Marina Bay Street Circuit lap record

The official lap record for the current F1 Grand Prix circuit layout is 1:35.867, set by Lewis Hamilton during the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix driving for Mercedes.