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F1 Singapore GP preview – start time, how to watch & more

F1 Singapore GP Preview
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F1 is back in action this weekend, as it visits Monza for the final European race of the 2023 season. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, including how to watch. You can also check out the F1 predictions and odds for the weekend.

Singapore GP start time and UK schedule

Singapore Grand Prix date

The Singapore GP will take place on Sunday, September 17th.

Singapore Grand Prix start time

The Singapore GP is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm BST (12:00 pm GMT). Check the tables below for the complete information on all track session start times for this weekend.

Singapore GP schedule

Friday, September 15thStart time (BST)
Free Practice 110:30 am – 11:30 pm
Free Practice 22:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 16thStart time (BST)
Free Practice 310:30 am – 11:30 am
Qualifying2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 17thStart time (BST)
Race1:00 pm

How can I watch the Singapore GP?

If you want to know how to watch the Singapore GP in the UK, then the answer is Sky Sports. You can catch up with the action live on Sky Sports both on TV and streaming. NOW is also going to stream the race. For those looking for ways to watch the Singapore GP in the US, ESPN will broadcast the race live on TV, and will also stream it live on the internet.

Television channels

TV channelLocation
Sky Sports F1UK
Fox SportsAustralia

Streaming services

Streaming serviceLocation
TSN DirectCanada

About the Singapore GP

Singapore was added to the F1 schedule in 2008, becoming the series’ first ever night race. A tight, slow and twisty street circuit, the Marina Bay track has always split opinions among fans and drivers. A physically-demanding track with constant wheel-turning and little time to rest in-between, Singapore takes drivers to their limit. At 308 km, it’s also one of the longest GPs in the schedule. Throw in the hot weather and high humidity and you have the recipe for a very tough race.

Of course, the Singapore track also demands a lot out of the cars, with brakes often taken to their limit. For 2023, the old Bay section has been reprofiled. Turns 16, 17, 18 and 19, which went under the Float grandstand, have been replaced with a straight connecting turn 15 to the old turn 20 – now renumbered to 16. The famous Float grandstand, the one overlooking the bay, will be demolished later this year, which led to the change in the track layout.

While the new layout is only 100 meters shorter, expect laptimes to tumble considerably, as the 16-19 complex was among the slowest parts of the track.

The infamous Singaporegate from 2008 is also back in the spotlight this year, with Felipe Massa suing the FIA for that year’s title.

Altitude and weather

Singapore is hot and humid, and also famous for its downpours. We could see another one this weekend: there is a 30% chance of rain for qualifying on Saturday, and that climbs up to 50% on Sunday. Singapore had two wet races in the GP’s history: one in 2017, and another last year.

Singapore GP stats

These are some of the stats you need to know ahead of the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix:

Last Singapore Grand Prix2022
Circuit length4.928 km
Number of laps62
Race distance308.706 km
Lap recordKevin Magnussen, 2018 (1:41.905)

Most wins (drivers)

DriversNumber of wins
Sebastian Vettel5
Lewis Hamilton4
Fernando Alonso2
Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez1

Most wins (constructors)

ConstructorsNumber of wins
Mercedes, Red Bull4
Renault, McLaren1

Singapore offer more than just racing

The Marina Bay is part of Singapore’s new downtown, and was built in 1969 upon reclaimed land. One of the Bay’s most iconic landmarks is the Float@Marina Bay. As the name suggests, it’s a floating platform connected to a grandstand, which overlooks the bay. The Float will be demolished this year and will be replaced by the NS Square, a multi-purpose venue that is set to be completed in 2026.

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