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Formula One - Singapore Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, September 23rd
SITE: Marina Bay Street Circuit (2008) -- Singapore
TRACK: 5.073 km (3.152 miles), 23-turn temporary street course
CAPACITY: 110,000
ANNUAL: 5th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Jenson Button
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 61
MILES: 192.272 (309.316 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Sebastian Vettel, 2011 (1 minute, 44.381 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Lewis Hamilton, 2009 (1 hr., 56 min., 6.337 sec.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel16Paul di Resta10
2Jenson Button37Nico Rosberg7
3Mark Webber28Adrian Sutil9
4Fernando Alonso49Felipe Massa6
5Lewis Hamilton510Sergio Perez11
2011 Singapore Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 155.810 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 59 minutes, 6.757 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.737 seconds
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 20
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 6
FASTEST LAP: Jenson Button, 1:48.454, Lap 54
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:44.381)
Past Singapore Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 155.810 kph/1:59:06.757
2010 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Ferrari -- 157.422 k.p.h./1:57:53.579
2009 -- Lewis Hamilton (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 159.845 k.p.h./1:56:06.337
2008 -- Fernando Alonso (15th) -- Renault -- 158.068 k.p.h./1:57:16.304
Past Singapore Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1st
2010 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2009 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1st
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 13th
Last Race Results
RACE: Italian Grand Prix (September 9th)
SITE: Autodromo Nazionale Monza -- Monza, Italy
LAPS: 53
MILES: 190.58 (306.720 km)
WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Sergio Perez
THIRD: Fernando Alonso
FOURTH: Felipe Massa
FIFTH: Kimi Raikkonen
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 19 minutes, 41.221 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.356 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 230.943 k.p.h.
Singapore Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last four years)
Driver2008200920102011
Sebastian Vettel5th4th2ndWon
Jenson Button9th5th4th2nd
Mark Webber18th17th3rd3rd
Fernando AlonsoWon3rdWon4th
Lewis Hamilton3rdWon19th5th
Nico Rosberg2nd11th5th7th
Sergio Perez---------10th
Pastor Maldonado---------11th
Michael Schumacher------13th23rd
Kimi Raikkonen15th10th------
Romain Grosjean---20th------
 
Mover of the Week
Pastor Maldonado - Started in the 22nd position and finished 11th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
Darkhorse - Sergio Perez
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fernando Alonso) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Felipe Massa) - Finished 4th
 
NOTES:
For the second consecutive season, the pole sitter dominated this race, as Sebastian Vettel posted his ninth of 11 victories last year, en route to the 2011 championship.

Vettel put on a flawless performance, leading all 61 laps to post his 19th of 22 career titles, defeating Jenson Button by 1.737 seconds. Vettel held a sizeable lead over Button for a majority of the race. He held an 18-second advantage over the McLaren driver at one point, but Button came on strong in the closing laps.

Fernando Alonso started on the pole in 2010 and led all 61 laps around the 3.152-mile (5.073 km) Marina Bay street circuit on a sultry night in Singapore. The victory was also his 25th career F1 win, which at the time, moved him into a tie for seventh-place on the circuit's all-time race winners list with Jim Clark and Niki Lauda. Since then, Alonso has added five more wins to his total and is now fifth on the wins list, just one behind Nigel Mansell. The Spaniard survived several collisions in 2010, including two that forced the deployment of the safety car. He also held off a hard-charging Vettel from Red Bull Racing for most of the race.

Lewis Hamilton started on the pole and relinquished his lead briefly after pitting the second time during the 61-lap race en route to his second victory of the 2009 season and the 11th of his F1 career. Timo Glock placed second, 9.634 seconds behind Hamilton.

In 2008, Fernando Alonso captured the checkered flag, as he finished nearly three seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg for his 20th career F1 title. The victory snapped a year-long winless streak, a stretch that went back to the Italian Grand Prix in September of 2007.

The pole sitter has won this race the last three years. The Singapore Grand Prix circuit has several distinct features, including the Sheares Corner at the start, the Memorial Corner at turn 7 and the Singapore Sling during turn 10.

With seven races remaining, Alonso owns a wide lead over four drivers. Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel trail by 37, 38 and 39 points respectively, while Mark Webber is 47 points behind. Hamilton picked up 10 points on Alonso following his win in Italy.

The next Formula One race is the October 7 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Japan, where Jenson Button is the defending race winner.

09/18 15:14:26 ET

As of September 18, 2012, at 03:14 PM ET

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