Singapore GP: Stats
Some key statistics ahead of Formula One's maiden night race in Singapore.
Germany's Sebastian Vettel, triumphant in the last round at Monza in Italy for Toro Rosso, was the third first-time winner of the season after Poland's Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber) and Finland's Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren).
All three were on the podium at Monza.
Vettel, at 21, was the youngest driver to win a F1 race. He was also the youngest to start on pole position having already been the youngest to score a point and to feature in a grand prix weekend.
The German is the 101st grand prix winner since 1950.
Of the 20 drivers on the starting grid in Singapore, 12 are now race winners. BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld (146 races) is the active driver who has had most starts without winning.
Ferrari have won seven races to McLaren's five this year. Since 1950, the Italian team have won 208 races. McLaren have 161 wins and Williams 113.
Monza was the fourth race this season without a Ferrari driver on the podium.
Ferrari and BMW-Sauber are the only teams to have scored points in every race this year.
Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil are the only drivers yet to score a point in 2008 (not including Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson from now-defunct Super Aguri).
Six drivers have started on pole position this season (Massa, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Kovalainen, Kubica, Vettel).
Spain's double world champion Alonso at Renault is the only driver to have out-qualified his team mate (Nelson Piquet) in every race so far this year.
Ferrari have a track record of doing well at new races on the calendar. Brazilian Felipe Massa won in Valencia this year while now-retired Michael Schumacher won the first races in Bahrain (2004) and Indianapolis (2000). Brazilian Rubens Barrichello won the first in China (2004) and Briton Eddie Irvine the first in Malaysia (1999).
McLaren won the first in Turkey (2005) with Kimi Raikkonen, now world champion with Ferrari.
Singapore will be Formula One's first night race, the first to be held in the island state and first on an Asian street circuit.
The track is expected to be the second-slowest of the season, after Monaco.
The Singapore GP will also be the 800th round of the F1 world championship since the first at Silverstone in 1950.
Formula One's previous landmark races are:
1 - Britain 1950, won by Giuseppe Farina (Italy) in an Alfa Romeo.
100 - Germany 1961, Stirling Moss (Britain), Lotus.
200 - Monaco 1971, Jackie Stewart (Britain), Tyrrell.
300 - South Africa 1978, Ronnie Peterson (Sweden), Lotus.
400 - Austria 1984, Niki Lauda (Austria), McLaren.
500 - Australia 1990, Nelson Piquet Sr. (Brazil), Benetton.
600 - Argentina 1997, Jacques Villeneuve (Canada), Williams.
700 - Brazil 2003, Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy), Jordan.
The anti-clockwise 5.067km street circuit has 23 turns (10 right and 13 left) with a mix of short and longer straights.
Maximum speeds are likely to be around 186mph. McLaren calculate the average speed will be around 108mph.
The race will be run over 61 laps and a total distance of 309.087km. Overtaking opportunities are most likely at turn one on the pit straight, turn seven at Raffles Boulevard and turn 14 on Esplanade Drive.
Organisers say the lighting will be four times brighter than the average floodlit football match or track and field event.
The system incorporates more than 108km of cabling with lights set up on some 240 pylons set 32 metres apart. Around 1500 light projectors will produce a total of more than three million watts.
The power supply is independent of Singapore's own electricity grid and provided by 12 twin generators, each able to absorb the load of the other should one fail.
Electronic 'digiflag' displays alongside the track will be used for the first time to supplement the traditional flags waved by marshals to communicate with drivers.
Singapore GP Pte is the race promoter with a five-year renewable deal.